Saturday was one of those don't-have-a-lot-of-gas-money-but-want-to-get-out sort of days, so Doug and Dylan got up before everyone else in the house (even me) and ran to the store for some breakfast food and picnic supplies, and packed a lunch and some snacks while I got all the little girls ready, and we headed to Grant-Kohrs ranch in Deer Lodge (only about 25 minutes from home). In the 19th and early 20th century, it was a massive, very profitable cattle ranch, and is now a national park (you can check out the details here). After touring the ranch house (someday I'm going to recreate that house's dining room in my house), we explored the rest of the ranch. The kids wandered in and out of bunkhouse row, checking out the cowboys saddles and dining area and little, cramped bedrooms. All Keira cared about pretty much the whole time we were there was the horses:
After spending quite a bit of time at the chuck wagon, learning about what life was really like for cowboys out on the trail (always sounded like a rather miserable job to me), and working on the junior ranger packets with the fantastic tour guide that was stationed there, everybody got in some roping practice:
After our picnic lunch, the kids spent some time watching the big long horn steers in the front pasture.
They run a great summer program that the kids all want to do, so we might give it a shot. Wagon rides, watershed exploration, wildflower identification, branding and haying. Sounds like fun.