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Earlier this year, we canceled our existing summer travel plans in favor of road trips to remote places. Back in May, my family enjoyed a few days at a cabin in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. This past weekend, we took our second pandemic road trip, this time to a ranch in Texas.
Originally, I wanted to book a house rental in Galveston to enjoy the beach. But, I feared the crowds would be too high over July 4th weekend. And thankfully we didn’t pick Galveston, as the beaches were closed due to high virus cases.
VRBO for the Win (Again)
My family has really had some great experiences with vrbo and airbnb vacation rentals. We enjoyed a fabulous farmhouse in New Zealand and a beachfront condo in Daytona Beach Shores. The great thing about vrbo is that we can pick places that are big enough for my family of five. My kids hate sharing beds, so having their own sleeping quarters really cuts down on the arguing.
For this getaway, we only had to drive about an hour and 20 minutes from our home. But, it felt like we were much farther away. This place was so remote that it wasn’t even on Google Maps. The final stretch to get there was a gravel road.
But once we arrived, we had a 50-acre ranch all to ourselves!
The grounds of the ranch were beautiful, with fun and quirky decorations throughout.
The property had a large pond with tons of frogs and snapping turtles.
On our walks, we saw a snake and a lizard with a blue tail. We also heard many coyotes in the nearby trees.
The ranch house itself was much nicer than I envisioned. It had a gorgeous wood countertop in the kitchen and beautiful light fixtures throughout.
The main bedroom had a very comfortable bed as well as a walk-in 3-head shower in the bathroom. I felt like I was at a spa.
My sons each had their own bedrooms, and my daughter slept on a day bed in the sun room.
But really the best feature of the house was the pool:
My daughter spent the entire 4th of July in this pool. We had to argue with her to come out to take eating and drinking breaks. We could watch her from this expansive back porch:
My son rescued a few frogs from the pool:
We continued swimming into the night:
Unfortunately, I can’t share the link to this special place because the owners have recently taken it off of vrbo. I learned they are about to move into the ranch themselves!
This ranch getaway was a perfect fit for a socially distanced pandemic vacation. We brought our own food and didn’t run into anyone! We basically did a whole lot of nothing.
That said, it wasn’t perfect. Our kids still found things to argue about. And quite honestly, I’m ready for a little more action and adventure on our future trips when we don’t have to worry about the virus.
But nonetheless, I’m grateful my family had this experience. It’s always good to get a change of scenery.
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.