Dead Horse Ranch

“I need to slow down for awhile.”

This has become increasingly clear over the past year. After more than a decade of jet setting around the country weekend after weekend, my body and mind are spent.

I thought it would be very difficult to give up that lifestyle, but to the contrary, my body has welcomed the slower pace. Road trips in The West fulfill my wanderlust these days. Fishing, hiking and biking satisfy me fully.

Of course, with age comes the acknowledgement that some things need to change, like moving up from tent camping to simple cabin accommodations. I find it too difficult and painful to sleep on the ground anymore.

Luckily, many of the State Parks in Arizona offer cabins for rent. They are basic, with only a bed frame and mattress, electricity and an outdoor grill. But it is just enough to make being outside in Nature comfortable. Dead Horse Ranch finds me in the Grizzly cabin, tucked away under cottonwood trees.

It’s a lovely State park with bike trails galore, connecting to several fishing lakes in the area. My skills are still lacking, and not a bite to be had, but it doesn’t really matter to me.

All I’m trying to do is pass the time by slowing things down for awhile.

Wench, bring my ale, what say you?

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