Family Dude Ranches Out West ... Or At Home
If you're looking for the ultimate family bonding experience over summer vacation, campfires, horse rides, fresh air, and no video games, there's nothing quite like a visit to an old-fashioned dude ranch. Your family will have lifelong memories to share.
If you're not feeling the splurge of herding the fam out to the wild west for a week, you can create a little dude ranch action of your own at home.
Fire up the grill, toss on some hearty steaks or hot dogs, and round out your cowboy meal with some tasty, homemade sides.
That roaring grill flame looks like a good campfire just aching for some sing-alongs. If your pipes don't feel up to a rousing round of "Home on the Range," throw on a CD of comedic kid-friendly buckaroo songs, including one that will be a lot more pertinent after eating those baked beans.
Let's be honest: You can only spend so much time communing in the back yard before the kids either get bored or the mosquitoes get too hungry. There's a reason humans don't live on the prairie anymore: watching television is much easier.
When your little cow-pokes look like they're ready to be hittin' the old dusty trail for bed, make sure they'll be dreaming of horses by reading them the perfect ranch bedtime book.