My friend and I decided to make a quick getaway before school starts and wanted to try for the dude ranch experience. After narrowing our choices we felt that Rowse's was the best fit, and were right to trust our instincts because the 1 + 1 ranch was one of the best experiences we've ever had.
Rowse's is a real working ranch. Each day we rode out with Jerry to check on the cattle, move them from pasture to pasture and anything else that is on his agenda. They never made us do anything we felt uncomfortable with, but they treated us like one of their own and we were thrilled to be part of the action. To say the least, we quickly adapted to the sway of things (particularly in the saddle).The horses Jerry picked for us were amazing. It was my friend's first time in the saddle but she quickly learned thanks to the advice she got from the ranchers and how well tempered her horse, Jose, was. I've had my share of rotten horses on trail rides and during lessons but I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I trusted and connected with my horse, Gus. Cantering through the sand hills is a moment I'll always cherish.
The ranch itself is in an area called the sand hills which is unlike anything I've ever seen back home in forested northwest NJ. It stretches on for miles and you tend to forget that you're in the 21st century. We stayed in one of the cabins which was lovely, clean and air conditioned. The food made by Tammy and Erin was amazing, a reason to go in itself. We immediately felt at home with the Rowse's and the other guests. I strongly believe the ranch attracts a certain type of person and, because of this, we really connected with the other guests, regardless of what age or country they were from. We definitely created a pseudo-family, strengthened by us working together in the fields and chatting over the dinner/supper table.
We weren't sure what type of ranch experience we wanted but now that our trip is over we can't imagine going anywhere else, hot tubs and head to butt trail rides seem too trivial. We look forward to visiting the Rowse's again and bringing our family and friends along for the ride. We can't thank them enough for the great experience.