My Journey At The Hideout (pt1)

by farrah on July 2, 2012 · 10 comments

As I sat there in my cabin for the last hour of my getaway to The Hideout Ranch, Red Dog, one of the wrangler’s loyal pals kept me company. His owner Lizzie left for the day on one of the rides- and although he often goes along, this paticular morning he stayed behind to my delight.

So goes one of the many, many surprises and comforts on the ranch where I spent last week. When I went to bed at night I turned over in my mind just how could I possibly do justice in my words- or even photos- of this beautiful oaisis in the middle of the Wyoming hills. Truth is, I cannot. The only way you can truly understand what I’m saying is to go there for yourself and experience what I have experienced at the ranch.

To give you a quick background- The Hideout is a working dude ranch that was established in 1906. It may be tagged as a ‘luxury’ vacation ranch,  however that does not mean that it is something beyond the reach of the middle class family experience. Typically they host no more than 30 people at the ranch at the same time. This is to keep it intimate, individual, and safe. This is no Disney ride, folks. This is ride a horse until your butt and knees ache- up trails and push cattle kind of experience. You can’t be faint of heart- but at the same time you just may surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.

While there I was treated just like every other guest- which is to say that I was treated like family. Everyone knew my name, which horse I was riding, where I was from and what my family was like back home.

I met Tony & Laura, a lovely couple from San Diego- who was celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and have three grown boys. I looked at them and tried to imagine the hubs and I in their shoes someday. I hope we are half as happy and easy going as they are in the future.

There was also a couple from Pennsylvania- who had vast experience in riding horses and going on riding vacations. It was a pleasure getting to know Marty & Val celebrating their 10 year anniversary- as they were up for anything and everything- with the hopes that it involved cattle work!

The Allen family from California was here with their lovely daughters- one who had just graduated from high school and the other who was a sophomore. Truly a friendly couple that put great importance on family togetherness and it showed.

I also met Morgan and her grandparents from Minnesota. I had a fantastic last day ride with her and her grandmother that I will not soon forget. Good company to share such a beautiful memory.

I didn’t get to spend much time with them, but a family arrived from Hawaii as well as a mother and daughter duo originally from Michigan. Truly- varied backgrounds and places we called home, but our love for the daily rides (and sore/stiff bodies) offered us comraderie unlike I had ever experienced on a vacation before.

I haven’t ridden horses in ages- so I was out of my comfort zone but that didn’t mean I didn’t give this opportunity all I could. I crossed streams on horseback, climbed up a rocky canyon, pushed cows at 9000ft and climbed up a mountain trail. I had no idea I was capable of doing these things anymore- but I did. And oh did I enjoy the heck out of it all.

From the luxury cabin accomodations to the gourmet (yet still ‘ranch’) food I felt like I was in a surreal experience. I was free- literally- from all of my obligations and my regular role as ‘mom’. No one needed anything from me, I was the one that was learning and trusting. My needs and wants were important- I felt like I was in my 20s again-and enjoying every single second of it.

I cannot stress enough how important I think that it is for us as women and mothers to get out of our comfort zones and DO SOMETHING FOR OURSELVES. I missed my husband and my children- but it was great to miss them. I am going to try not to fall into the traps of day to day monotony- and at the very least maybe lose myself in a daydream or two from my trip- but I feel like it has made me more ‘me’ again if that even makes sense.

I look forward to sharing more of my trip with you this week (oh because there IS more!) so hope you don’t mind. I had some amazing sponsors along the way and want to tell you how exactly they came into play on this trip. Furthermore, such an experience is deserving of at least a couple of posts (the menu alone is worthy of a feature!).

Thanks so much for all of you that were following my Instagrams and tweets on this trip. I was thrilled to have such outlets to share my joy.

 

 

Nothing in this post was sponsored. All opinions are my own and it was my choice to write about my experience.

 

 

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1 Shannon July 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I can’t wait to hear about your trip! It sounds like a great place for a girls’ weekend — although I doubt that it is in the budget anytime soon 😉

Glad you had a great time!

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2 farrah July 3, 2012 at 1:04 am

It would be a fantastic place for a girls’ weekend!! But yes, I think planning monetarily AND butt/legs/knees is in order too. I wish I would have been more prepared physically.

Thanks Shannon 🙂

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3 Danielle July 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

It’s sounds like an adventure. We’ve enjoyed our vacation the most when we’ve met great people. I love that it was such a homey atmosphere!

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4 farrah July 3, 2012 at 1:05 am

I really was thrilled with the people I met. They were all so nice, easy to talk to and just very friendly. I know that most of them got home on Saturday with the same let down that I felt!

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5 Lady Estrogen July 3, 2012 at 1:11 am

TOTALLY agree with you on the get-away thing. So flippin’ important!
Also? My one dog used to have that same look of relief when he knew the toddler madness was leaving. Awwwee, Red Dog. lol

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6 farrah July 4, 2012 at 12:11 am

Hahha- my dogs worship these boys. Easily 10lbs apiece has been added over the past year due to their ‘generosity’.

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7 Jessy McLavey July 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Farrah – we are loving your posts! The DVD is in the mail and your photos will arrive before the end of the week (unless they decide to take the long way!)

-Jessy

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8 farrah July 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

You mean it might be coming by Pony Express? Haha! No problem. I can’t wait to see it. I’m holding out on my last post until it arrives! Miss you guys already!!

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