The Lone Ranger Had it Right

March 10th, 2012

I grew up in western Colorado; as did my dad, granddad and great-granddad.  The culture of the West is bred into me.  When I was about 4, we got our first television set, and we could tune into the one TV station on the western slope, KREX.  I can recall quite clearly watching Roy Rogers, Wyatt Earp, The Lone Ranger, Gene Autry, Rawhide, Wagon Train, Gunsmoke and Bonanza through my youth.  There was also The Cisco Kid, Palladin, The Big Valley, The High Chapparal and of course, The Wild, Wild, West with that hottie Robert Conrad in his sexy britches! 

 The theme in all of these shows was that good always won out over evil, crime never paid, families stuck together, friendships were forever, and of course, you rode a good looking horse everywhere.  I don’t watch much TV these days, but I do enjoy it when I can catch a rerun of one of these. It strikes me that the “good guy” theme is a rarity in today’s programming.  So, lucky for everybody that there is not TV at the T Cross!!

Instead, if you have any energy left after supper, you can practice your conversational skills with new and old friends by the fire, play a card game, read a book, watch the stars, or just collapse into bed to dream about the next day’s adventure.  The T Cross is sort of its own reality show, but the “good guy” theme is always present.  It comes from Mark and Gretchen, their kids, the girls and guys who keep people fed and their rooms maintained and tidy, and from the wranglers.

I got to thinking that it’s because of what many of you have probably heard about or maybe read about:  The Code of the West.  It takes on many variations depending on who’s doing the telling.  I ran across this version recently, and I think it’s the truest, and certainly the one that has application in today’s crazy world.  But most of all, it’s the one you’ll see alive and well everyday at the T Cross.  Enjoy.

The Lone Ranger Creed

I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one.

That all men are created equal and that everyone has within them the power to make this a better world.

That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.

In being prepared physically, mentally and morally; and to fight when necessary for that which is right.

That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

That “This government, of the people, by the people and for the people,” shall live always.

That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

That sooner or later…somewhere…somehow…we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

That all things change, but the truth and the truth alone lives on forever.

I believe in my Creator, my country and my fellow man.



Dude or Guest?

August 11th, 2011
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So just what is the difference between a guest ranch and a dude ranch? The New York Times Travel site sheds a little light on the question.

A century ago, it was common courtesy in the West for ranches to feed and lodge travelers who stopped by on their treks across the great empty spaces. Gradually it became acceptable to accept a few dollars from guests, and by the 1920s, a ranch visit was a full-fledged vacation.

When you make your ranch reservations, it’s wise to know the difference between a ‘dude ranch’ and a ‘guest ranch.’ A dude ranch typically requires a 1-week minimum stay, and they give you the entire package: riding, fishing, trips to the rodeo, and family-style meals. Dude ranchers look down their noses at “guest” ranches, which will take guests staying just 1 night and charge extra for activities such as riding.


The dude ranch is the fabled Western experience come to life: daily rides by horseback, cowboy coffee beneath an expansive blue sky, campfire sing-alongs, and homemade food served in rustic lodges. Accommodations are usually in a comfortable cabin or lodge. You need not have any riding experience before your visit; ranch hands are trained to assist even the greenest of greenhorns.”


At the T Cross Ranch, we definitely offer the entire dude ranch package: all-skill-level riding, premier fly fishing, Friday night Dubois rodeo, square dancing at the Rustic Pine Lodge, and delicious homestyle ranch meals–to name a few.

Join the ride at the T Cross Dude Ranch by visiting our website to book your next stay.

A Cowboy’s Tune: Amarillo By Morning

May 30th, 2011
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Monday evenings present a very special treat at the T Cross Ranch. Cowboy singer Dick Fredrickson adds flavor to your meal with songs of times past and frontiers long gone.

Below is a beautiful example, Amarillo By Morning, originally written by Terry Stafford and Paul Fraser. George Strait made it famous in the ’80s. Enjoy.

Amarillo By Morning

Amarillo by morning
Up from San Antone
Everything that I got
Is just what I got on
When that sun is high
In that Texas sky
I’ll be buckin’ it at County Fair
Amarillo by morning
Amarillo, I’ll be there

They took my saddle in Houston
Broke my leg in Santa Fe
Lost my wife and a girlfriend
Somewhere along the way
I’ll be looking for 8 when they pull that gate
And I hope that judge aint blind

Amarillo by morning
Amarillo’s on my mind

Amarillo by morning
Up from San Antone
Everything that I got
Is just what I got on
I aint got a dime
But what I got is mine
I aint rich but Lord I’m free
Amarillo by morning
Amarillo’s where I’ll be

Amarillo by morning
Amarillo’s where I’ll be

The Cowboy Code: Etiquette in the West

September 7th, 2010
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The West is known for many things: sagebrush, rugged mountains, and large wild animals, to name a few. But once you have visited the T Cross Ranch, you may have noticed another rare find: the cowboy.

To meet a genuine cowboy—wranglers, boots, hat and all—is a truly singular experience. So what is it that makes these men so unforgettable? Perhaps it is their rugged gentility—reminiscent of the knightly chivalry preserved through the centuries—mixed with a die-hard work ethic.

After interviewing several exemplary cowboys, we present the “Cowboy Code.”

1) Gentlemen should always remove their hats when being introduced to a lady. Firm handshakes are permitted.

2) Also gentlemen are to remove their hats when entering a home or dining room and for social events.

3) Gentlemen are still expected to open doors for ladies—strangers as well as acquaintances.

4) When people are being introduced and you are seated, stand.

5) Once introduced, always call a person by his/her name— use Mister and Missus especially if you are 30 or younger.

6) Cowboys always wear collared shirts to dinner.

7) When ordering at a restaurant, the lady always orders first.

8) Children younger than 18 years should ask to be excused from the dinner table in someone else’s home or in their own home.

9) Ladies should acknowledge a gentleman’s gestures with thanks and appreciation.

Join us at the T Cross and witness for yourself the custom of the West and the refinement of days gone by.