The Ranch

We didn’t find this place, it found us.

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As sometimes happens, the places you are meant to be, find their way to you.

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School let out for summer on that Friday and by Saturday morning we were leaving behind our gray skies for the dry heat of the Arizona desert.

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The days flew.

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When there are horses to ride and bulls to lasso, there’s not much time for make-up, squabbles over meals or chatting on the phone.

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You wake up each day at 5am, drink your coffee, don your cowgirl boots and head out on your horse.

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When the heat of the day gets to be too much your lounge by the pool or find a cool spot to do yoga on the lawn.

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There aren’t any TV’s.

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Emails seem to find a way to go unanswered (especially when you hear that dinner bell ringing).

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And on that last day, when you ride up the mountain for blueberry pancakes at sunrise, you realize this was the best thing you did with your year.

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You know that nothing will replace the memories you made on this trip. And you are grateful for the sunset.

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