Ever been to a dude ranch? Or, like me, do you dream of going to one some day … here’s your chance to enjoy the experience vicariously. Mary McIntyre tells and shows what the closing event for the Arizona Writers Retreat was like.  Enjoy!

Welcome Cowboys and Cowgirls Tanque Verde Dude Ranch – a Sabino Springs writers’ retreat highlight. Our week in Tucson was coming to a close. After the Friday morning workshop, 10 writers visited Tanque Verde Dude Ranch for a Tucson-style barbecue under the cottonwoods. We’d come to expect the usual mid-70s temperatures and clear blue skies. Tucson did not disappoint. No flies, no spiders, no snakes, no lizards, no scorpions – perfect winter conditions. ").length > 0 || jQuery(".wpa script[src*='shareth.ru']").length > 0 || jQuery(".wpa iframe[src*='boomvideo.tv']").length > 0 || jQuery(".wpa iframe[src*='viewablemedia.net']").length > 0 || jQuery(".wpa .sharethrough-placement").length > 0 ) { jQuery( '.wpa' ).css( 'width', '400px' ); } setTimeout(function(){if(typeof GS_googleAddAdSenseService !== 'function'){new Image().src=document.location.protocol+"//stats.wordpress.com/g.gif?v=wpcom-no-pv&x_noads=adblock&baba="+Math.random()}},100); } );