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Rancho De La Osa

October 7, 2009
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Today has easily been one of the best days on the trip so far. The other group that was staying here left after breakfast, making Drew and I the only guests on the ranch. Since there are no other guests here, we’ve been hanging out with the staff all day getting to know them. After breakfast, they showed us where the tack room was and we got suited up with our cowboy boots and hats. We mounted our horses, and went on the trail with two wranglers.

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The guy wrangler looked like he was straight of a Marlboro advertisement. His skin looked like leather and he had a pinch of dip in his lip, but he couldn’t have been nicer. He cracked a good joke every now and then too.

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The other woman is extremely cool and helpful. She was basically the only reason I never fell off of my horse.

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They first trail took us to the Mexican border to the see the “fence” that’s there. They are just tall bars that can easily be scaled by a 5 year old mexican boy. It seems like the real security measure are those towers they told us about. As soon as we got to the fence, a border patrol truck was rolling on over to us.

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The next stop on the trail was to one of those typical cactuses that you think of when someone says the word desert. It was a cool sight to see that out there. The dogs running around, a black bird flying in the sky, and the four of us on horses was just kind of surreal.

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Once we got back from the ride, they served us a 2-course lunch with dessert. Larry the wrangler came over to us and said they’ve been looking for this ghost town that is supposedly nearby and wanted to know if we’d like to go for a ride in the truck to find it. Of course. We grabbed the cameras. This girl Adi drove the truck, while I sat in the passenger seat, Larry sat in the back seat, and Drew sat on the flat bed in a lawn chair. That worked until he started bouncing around like popcorn in the back and we had to bring him in. The road we went on was so rough I was surprised we made it over some of the parts that we did. At one point I even rolled down my window, so that when the truck rolled down the cliff that was directly to my right, the glass wouldn’t shatter in my face. That was my mindset. Even Larry the Marlboro wrangler was scared. At one point, we were looking for clues as to where this place could be. Adi the driver said, “Look there’s some shit on the side of the road.” Larry the wrangler responded with, “I think there’s some shit back here too.” Adi was crazier than a bat even though she is this small little girl. I don’t think she flinched once the entire ride.

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We eventually made it to the top, where we could turn around to go back down. No sight of this ghost town.

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After we got back to the ranch we had a barbeque with all of the staff.  We finished off the night with a campfire.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    October 7, 2009 1:51 pm

    I think you guys may have found your calling. Mike that is a Big Hat

  2. Martin Malagon permalink
    October 7, 2009 4:29 pm

    You guys make GREAT cowboys! Make sure you get a hat.

  3. Uncle Elliot permalink
    October 7, 2009 5:46 pm

    Don’t you and Drew start making annual “fishing trips”!! You crazy cowboys!!!

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