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Cowboy fantasies on a ranch in Montana
The Telegraph ^ | 2-5-2012 | Ian Henderson

Posted on 02/05/2012 6:21:51 AM PST by Dysart

Imagine you're a 12-year-old girl[or POTUS]. Ponies and clothes are your favourite things. You've just been shopping and you're wearing your new cowboy boots, new jeans, a blue checked shirt and a real cowboy hat. You've had breakfast – blueberry pancakes with crispy bacon, just the way you like them – and now you're walking across a sunlit meadow, filled with gently grazing ponies. You're feeling pretty good.

A tall cowboy with a slow drawl asks if you'd care to help him round up the ponies into the corral so you say yes, as casually as you can. The ponies neigh and toss their manes, kicking up dust and jostling as you lean over the wooden rails to share your apple with a fine chestnut quarter horse called Rudy. You lead him into the yard, feed him and groom him, saddle him up and get ready to go for a ride in the mountains. If you're imagining it properly, you're about as happy as a 12-year-old girl can be.

Which is not bad if you're her father, either. I'd taken my daughter to The Ranch at Rock Creek, a 6,000-acre spread in Montana which opened to guests last year and may well be the ultimate place to live out those cowboy dreams, whatever your age. That was certainly the intention of Jim Manley, a New York financier who bought it after a 40-year search for a pristine stretch of wilderness with a river, native forests, elk and deer but no grizzlies or rattlesnakes. He wanted somewhere he could hike, ride and shoot. Somewhere he could encourage others to adopt the frontier spirit – while making sure they didn't miss any of the comforts of modern life.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: dude; montana; mt; ranch
For those considering a Western rustic getaway I'll save y'all the trouble; West Yellowstone, MT is where you want to go...just make sure it's post-Labor Day, but not long after due to the cold, white stuff that soon to follow. It's spectacular up there, just don't tell anyone.

Parade Rest Guest Ranch

1 posted on 02/05/2012 6:22:01 AM PST by Dysart
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2 posted on 02/05/2012 6:25:42 AM PST by Dysart ("Don't worry, it's not loaded")
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To: Dysart

I had the fortunate experience of going to Yellowstone last summer and lodged in the Paradise Valley area of Montana while there. The scenery was spectacular, elk could be seen in fields with cattle, and what I suspect to be a couger showed up near the camp area as best I could tell with my flashlight in the middle of the night.

I will never forget the rich aroma in the air. I’m not sure if it was pollen or what. It smelled like someone dumped an ocean freighter full of perfume into the atmosphere. I will never forget the experience.


3 posted on 02/05/2012 6:37:40 AM PST by MachIV
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To: MachIV

I understand... I’ve had identical experiences in the West Yellowstone area twice—it’s a slice of heaven and my favorite area of the country. The glorious geological features of the Tetons are unsurpassed even by the Rockies imo and the wildlife encounters are second to none, in the lower 48 anyway. It’s funny that many Yellowstone tourists never make it north of the WY border. I’ve got so many great pictures of the bison(in the road), eagles, pronghorn, bear...but all on 35mm.


4 posted on 02/05/2012 6:50:13 AM PST by Dysart ("Don't worry, it's not loaded")
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To: MachIV

My family treated me to a 60th birthday trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons this summer and it was pure heaven. We pampered ourselves and stayed at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel. I rousted everybody out of bed one morning at 4:00 to get up to Lamar Valley at sunrise. On the way up, we briefly stopped at Hayden Valley and the number of coyotes howling in the pre-dawn was unbelievable. They were singing all around us. At Lamar, we found a wolf biology team doing a survey which included a woman who lives not far from us in California. With their help, we were able to spot the alpha male moving between the den and the feeding area. Same morning, we spotted a bison herd of about 300 or so rising in the morning and fording the river, a bald eagle in the trees at the edge of the forest and later a mama grizzly and two cubs across a small lake from us. At the Tetons, we were able to find numerous moose and elk.


5 posted on 02/05/2012 6:55:17 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Dysart

My family highly recommends T Cross Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. A small original dude ranch on the Horse Creek. Great for families, warm atmosphere, magnificent trail rides, trout fishing, pack trips, the kitchen turns out spectacular fare. For reservations call (307) 455-2206


6 posted on 02/05/2012 6:58:31 AM PST by mwestk (MAK)
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To: mwestk

Thanks. We’re planning a trip to the Mt/Wy this Fall, and I’ll research your ranch.


7 posted on 02/05/2012 7:14:56 AM PST by Dysart ("Don't worry, it's not loaded")
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To: Dysart

I fondly remember a trip we took when my kids were little to a “dude” ranch in Colorado. Our 7 year old daughter had the whole outfit and wouldn’t wear anything else. Hat, boots, jeans jacket. And she got the old fat pony to cantor which they said he hadn’t done in years. Good times.


8 posted on 02/05/2012 7:33:58 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Dysart
We have had a small place in Ennis since the mid-sixties. Many fond memories of those early days. We traded a 64 buick(wedding present), almost all the cash we had in the bank plus a small mortgage for a few acres, a cabin and a Harley Knucklehead. We rode the Harley back to Ca. where I was stationed.

After another all expense paid vacation in an exotic SE Asian locale, we lived there as I gradually regained my sanity. Mrs C was/is a most wonderful caring nurturing woman. Thank you God for sending her to me.

Lovely place, one of those truly off-world seeming experiences, scenery, the old time local folks, and the fly fishing was extraordinary. Alas, much has changed since then.

Caddis the younger knew the raggedy *ssed place as home.

Uncle S. wanted me repeatedly until the Jimmah Regime took over. Long before then we have begun living back east. Mrs C and I haven't been back in I bet since GHW Bush was president.

The young’uns spend time there every summer.

Caddis the Elder(decrepit)

9 posted on 02/05/2012 7:38:59 AM PST by palmerizedCaddis
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To: Dysart

Never ceases to amaze me, the hordes of yuppies who drag themselves and their larva off to the Bahamas, or to Cancun, when there is such wonder and beauty in our own land.


10 posted on 02/05/2012 7:41:15 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Old Sarge
"Never ceases to amaze me, the hordes of yuppies who drag themselves and their larva off to the Bahamas, or to Cancun, when there is such wonder and beauty in our own land."

Worse yet is the threat from marxists from the urban jungles who visit these places on a lark and then decide to move there as soon as their government or teachers' union pensions will allow it. Then they set about getting elected and making rules to restrict land use and kill the culture and curtail the life styles that make these rural areas the beautiful environments that they are.

if the degenerate hippies could have their way they would confiscate this ranch and declare it an environmentally protected preserve under the guidelines of U.N. Agenda 21.

11 posted on 02/05/2012 8:29:23 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: Dysart

The dirty little secret is that at least six tourists are eaten by bears, wolves and mountain lions every day in Montana. It’s hard to take a walk because every other step, you have to dodge a rattlesnake. There are one or two people scalped every day and the cowboys like to string-up tourists for fun. There is no running water so you’ll catch pneumonia (and who knows what else) in the outhouses. The scenery is enless sagebrush and gopher holes. Fine cuisine is when they put salt on the raw beef. For entertainment, you can watch the wheat grow. Art is seeing how big of tires you can put on your rusty pickup truck. The music consists of the whine from the bullets whistling through the air as the locals ambush another bus of tourists. Cannibals. Be sure to bring wedding dresses for your 9 year old daughters. Montana.....it’s a horrible place filled with creatures who want to eat you, and that’s the people. The critters are really nasty. I’d suggest a nice trip to Disney World.


12 posted on 02/05/2012 8:29:36 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Old Sarge
"wonder and beauty"

It's no devious plot that the great majority of our natural parks are out west. My wife and I are always amused when we go west and read about the wonders of a particular park when virtually whole states, like Utah, Wyoming and others, are huge natural parks. We've seen a lot of the west in the last ten years, and we plan on seeing a lot more of it in the future.

13 posted on 02/05/2012 8:34:47 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Dysart
It's spectacular up there, just don't tell anyone.

It's terrible up there, please tell everyone. There. Fixed it. ;-)

There is a stream in Teton Valley, Idaho my dad taught me to fly fish in. There have been days in there that you just have to leave early. You get sick of catching fish after fish after fish...did I just say that out loud???

14 posted on 02/05/2012 8:39:27 AM PST by bigheadfred (Bang a gong)
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To: Baynative

Sadly I must agree with your sage post.


15 posted on 02/05/2012 8:45:48 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: blueunicorn6

Wow, you’re bitter.. happy superbowl Sunday.


16 posted on 02/05/2012 8:51:56 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: blueunicorn6

Now how can that be? The article states no grizzlies or snakes on the ranch. I guess when you put up signs on the fence warning those critters to stay out, it works. LOL!! Montana is beautiful as is Wyoming and most of the entire country. Disneyland/world. Yuck! More chance of getting some sort of disease there than in the outdoors. Nice sarcasm though in this little screed.


17 posted on 02/05/2012 8:53:14 AM PST by rktman
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To: Old Sarge
Never ceases to amaze me, the hordes of yuppies who drag themselves and their larva off to the Bahamas, or to Cancun, when there is such wonder and beauty in our own land.

Please. Don't say or do anything to distract them. Let them continue to wallow on the beaches in Mexico and such, and leave the great American outdoors unspoiled for the rest of us.

18 posted on 02/05/2012 8:54:28 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: MachIV
what I suspect to be a couger showed up near the camp area as best I could tell with my flashlight in the middle of the night.

...and how it got ahold of my flashlight, I'll never know. /Groucho Marx>

Cheers!

19 posted on 02/05/2012 8:55:53 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: MachIV
what I suspect to be a couger showed up near the camp area as best I could tell with my flashlight in the middle of the night.

...and how it got ahold of my flashlight, I'll never know. /Groucho Marx>

Cheers!

20 posted on 02/05/2012 8:56:55 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: blueunicorn6; girlangler; bigheadfred

What—do you work for the Montana Tourist Bureau??

Don’t try to sugar-coat this dire situation!

The problems are much more grave than that!

With the free-roaming beasts of prey, absence of speed limit, open-container-friendly laws and widespread gang violence, Montana has become a war-zone on the scale of Syria, Nigeria and Oakland, California.

The only sensible option is to stay the hell out!

p.s. And wood ticks! Did I mention the wood ticks??


21 posted on 02/05/2012 9:07:57 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: bigheadfred; blueunicorn6
Come to think of it, you're both right. It's dangerous and unforgiving up yonder. If you're not running for life from cannibals (who have a special fondness for tasty liberals) you're sawing off your leg after your nasty wound starts to fester thanks to that flesh-eating microbe. But at least you have plenty of souvenirs to divvy up when you get back home.

And btw, Idaho is also delightful, although I've only passed through a couple of times.

22 posted on 02/05/2012 9:08:21 AM PST by Dysart ("Don't worry, it's not loaded")
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To: blueunicorn6

Yeah, and the way the authorities put the kebosh on the rash of serial murders and rapes there is sickening. No one in their right mind should take a family vacation, let alone move to the area.


23 posted on 02/05/2012 9:24:17 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Fightin Whitey; blueunicorn6; girlangler; Dysart

A wood tick got my sister. I NEVER go anywhere without my flame thrower.


24 posted on 02/05/2012 9:27:28 AM PST by bigheadfred (Bang a gong)
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To: bigheadfred

Dang bloodsuckers!


25 posted on 02/05/2012 9:38:29 AM PST by mcmuffin ("Wanting your country back is not the same thing as working to take it back.")
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To: bigheadfred; Dysart; blueunicorn6; girlangler

>>>A wood tick got my sister.<<<

Hell, my sister got a wood tick. For a pet. Up to six pounds now, takes a half-gallon of fresh blood a day.

Happily the corpse-strewn streets, alleys and hiking trails make that a reasonable proposition.


26 posted on 02/05/2012 9:41:09 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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Hell, my sister got a wood tick

I hope that it was truly an orphan tick.

Nothing ticks off a mama tick more than someone messing with her larva.

27 posted on 02/05/2012 9:50:05 AM PST by bigheadfred (Bang a gong)
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To: Fightin Whitey

Awful place, wouldn’t catch me there (grin).


28 posted on 02/05/2012 9:54:47 AM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: Fightin Whitey

Awful place, wouldn’t catch me there (grin).


29 posted on 02/05/2012 9:54:55 AM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: mcmuffin; Baynative; Old Sarge; hinckley buzzard; Fightin Whitey; Dysart
hordes of yuppies

Dang bloodsuckers!

I couldn't agree more.

30 posted on 02/05/2012 9:59:11 AM PST by bigheadfred (Bang a gong)
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To: Baynative

bttt


31 posted on 02/05/2012 10:27:44 AM PST by TEXOKIE (... and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all FREEPERS EVERYWHERE!)
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To: Baynative

bttt


32 posted on 02/05/2012 10:34:07 AM PST by TEXOKIE (... and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all FREEPERS EVERYWHERE!)
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To: blueunicorn6
Along Montana's "Information Superhighway"...........


33 posted on 02/05/2012 11:11:34 AM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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I am mesmerized! Montana here we come!

Where Jerky Comes From........


34 posted on 02/05/2012 11:13:50 AM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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I surmise that you'd appreciate the grandeur of Montana ranches as well the wilds of Wyoming. Can't vouch for the jerky, tho. My palate rejects such stiff sustenance.

I have in my album a special photo of a rainbow arching over Lake Hebgen, sprinkling its colorful array over West Yellowstone backdropped by the mtns, and caught on our drive North on a little rural northbound hwy. Do take the trip when you can.

35 posted on 02/05/2012 1:36:52 PM PST by Dysart ("Don't worry, it's not loaded")
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To: Daffynition

Great postcards.


36 posted on 02/05/2012 5:24:38 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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Do you work for the Montana Department of Tourism? /s


37 posted on 02/05/2012 6:18:15 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: Dysart

It’s on my bucket list! And looking forward to seeing those mountains!


38 posted on 02/05/2012 7:39:50 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Dysart; palmerizedCaddis; ProtectOurFreedom; MachIV
I'm sorry for posting to an older thread, but I thought I'd share a non-National Park part of Utah. These are not my pictures, but they give an idea of what central, non-Park Utah can be like:

San Rafael Swell

A few of the pictures at the link:


39 posted on 02/12/2012 4:26:01 PM PST by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: Mr Rogers
Thanks, Mr. Rogers. (Thought I'd never say those words.)

The only Western state I've missed is Utah...it sure looks uniquely adventurous. And I like that.

40 posted on 02/12/2012 4:36:32 PM PST by Dysart ("Don't worry, it's not loaded")
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Looks like the site where they built the ranch in Lonesome Dove.


41 posted on 02/12/2012 4:59:11 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase

Yeah, it sure does. And btw, “Lonesome Dove” is one of my favorites. Probably because it’s one of the best series ever commissioned.


42 posted on 02/12/2012 5:26:45 PM PST by Dysart ("Don't worry, it's not loaded")
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To: Dysart

My half-brother lived in Missoula, one of my only regrets is never having gone out to visit him...........


43 posted on 02/12/2012 5:38:46 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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