One of the things we do at Lockwood’s Ranch is give our new guests a tour around the ranch when they arrive. With 175+ acres, the tour usually involves our 4-wheel drive Ranger which holds 6 on padded seats with secure seat belts.
Last weekend, when it came time for my grand-niece Savannah’s tour, the Ranger was off on another adventure so Pete grabbed his Jeep. Before she stepped in she snapped this photo which is one of my favorites from her visit.
I wanted to join in the tour but with both front seats now taken, I climbed in the back, sat on a step stool and grabbed the roll bar. For thirty minutes I held on tight through bouncing and bumping up and down hills, over river rocks and valleys and peaks. Somehow, the ranch tour that I have taken dozens of times took on a bright new look as I tried to keep my balance on that little stool bouncing from side-to-side while keeping a tight grip on the roll bar.
Savannah confided to me later that there were a few times in the tour that she was a little scared when we were headed straight up mountains but when she turned to look at me from the comfort of her seat-belted padded seat and she saw the smile on my face and the “whoo haws” she knew that she was OK.
That night, as I lay soaking in my Epsom salt bath, my body was reminding me of every bump on the road.