Judy and Dar were unable to go with us this time. So this year's group consisted of myself and three others who had gone together the previous year, Carole, Kathy, and Mary, as well as Dorthea, another friend of theirs from their Catholic Youth Organization.
Mary drove all of us and our considerable luggage to the ranch in her car. I don't remember the exact year and model of the car, but I do remember that Mary called it "Irving Geronimo."
I think all five of us spent the night at Mary's house the night before the trip to the ranch; and, if memory serves (which it often doesn't these days), Mary's mom messed with us by putting pepper in our beds or some such tom foolery.
This is the sign at the ranch's entrance. Kathy and Mary are sitting in the buggy.
Calico Town. We stayed in the Wells Fargo building on the far right end.
The dining room, where we were well fed.
The Wagon Wheel Building, where most of the evening activities were held.
Mary, Kathy, Dorthea, and Carole getting a shooting lesson from ranch employee, Darwood.
Mary, me, Dorthea, Carole, and Kathy, on our horses.
Mary, Kathy, and Carole sunning by the pool.
And here are some of the staff, gathered under a tree to sing us a sad farewell.
Mary now lives in another state, but she returns to our area once a year or so to visit family. A few years ago, we began having a "dude ranch reunion" on those occasions. Carole, Dorthea, and I all still live in the same area. Sadly, Kathy passed away five years ago from cancer. We had been unable to reach her in time for our first reunion, and she was gone before our next.
I did a little internet research and learned that the Jack and Jill Ranch is now operating under the name of Double JJ Resort. The name isn't the only thing that has changed, either. It seems they now have a championship golf course and a water park, as well as the horses and other amenities.
Maybe our next dude ranch reunion should be held at the Double JJ Resort. It would be fun to see what changes 45 years have wrought.