Teen Dream? 10 Things This 13-Year-Old Learned on a Colorado Dude Ranch Vacation
Yahoo Travel isn’t just for grown-ups. When 13-year-old Abby McElroy went on a recent dude-ranch vacation with her mother Lisa — who writes for Yahoo Travel — we were curious to hear what the junior McElroy had to say about the experience. Here’s her report:
Abby McElroy, dude ranch convert. (Photo: Lisa McElroy)
I wasn’t too sure what I thought of the idea of a week-long vacation on a dude ranch. A dude ranch? Really? I pretty much never wear jeans, I don’t own a pair of boots, and I’m into texting with my friends and playing Candy Crush on my phone. What I found at Colorado’s Lost Valley Ranch? That I had a lot to learn about how cool a “dude” ranch can be.
A warm welcome at Lost Valley Ranch. (Photo: Lisa McElroy)
1. They’re not just for dudes. In fact, Lost Valley Ranch is all about families. There were tons of little kids, plus older people who have been going there for something like 30 years. And there were at least 10 or so people my age, from all over the country.
The McElroy Family at Lost Valley Ranch (Courtesy: Lisa McElroy)
2. You’ll make four-legged friends, too. The wranglers matched me up with Breezy, a pretty 15-year-old paint mare who knew exactly what to do — follow the other horses and keep going steady. Because she was assigned to be my horse for the entire week, on up to two rides a day, we got to know each other really well.