The focal point of our last-minute 2,550 mile boondoggle was spending a weekend at the Rebar Ranch.

When Colette learned that Kevin, Don, and Steve were headed to Dan and Lill’s ranch for the weekend, she decided there was no way she was going to miss the fun.

And if you’re going to drive all the way to Oklahoma, why not hit New Mexico and Texas along the way. Well, in the same trip, not exactly "along the way".

After crossing White Sands National Park, Roswell (UFOs!), Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and Guadalupe Mountains National Park off of our lists, we spent 2 days bee-lining it across a lot of nothingness to the ranch. Colette drove the entire way, while I rode shotgun and worked nonstop. The joys of modern technology when there’s nothing around for miles and you can still be connected to the internet and be able to work!

We arrived before the boys on Friday morning, and were treated to a private ranch tour before the place turned into a Peterson madhouse. I expected a lot of flat dusty ranch land, and was surprised at the varying terrain – from rock outcroppings to ponds to wooded gullies. Having spent quite a bit of time working in the flat featureless land outside Oklahoma City, I had no idea this existed here.

Part of ranching is chores – feeding and watering the cows. With different feeding cycles for the bulls, as well as different cycles for the longhorns vs the Angus, every day is food day for somebody. Water delivery is also a multi-step process, as there are multiple water troughs around the ranch that need to be scrubbed and filled with fresh water. Even though there are several ponds across the property, Dan has discovered that the cows carry more body mass when they drink fresh water – so water delivery is a regular thing. Spoiled cows.

Speaking of spoiled, one of the most fun parts of ranching is Scooby Snacks! The cows love the alfalfa pellets and you can hand-feed them all day long. They love them so much that when the truck pulls up, they have their heads in the window trying to find the snacks. Good fun, if you don’t mind slobber and noses poking around.

More cousins showed up on Sunday, and Petersons got to see other Petersons they hadn’t seen for decades. It’s awesome that everybody took the time out of their lives to make the drive for family time.

All good things must come to an end though, and with Monday morning comes the mass exodus as we all must make our treks back to daily life. We’re definitely looking forward to a return trip to Rebar Ranch on one of our future treks eastward. It can’t be too soon though, since I need to work off the excess pounds gained from the nonstop People-Scooby-Snacks that Lill kept us primed with all weekend!

Rebar Ranch

Rebar Ranch
Every ranch needs a logo


Serious Burger

Serious Burger
This looks good enough to eat!


Scooby Snacks

Scooby Snacks
Somebody is looking for some alfalfa sticks, aka Scooby Snacks.


Dead End Street

Dead End Street
Sometimes you have to buy the road to get rid of the neighbors.


Spazz

Spazz
Kitty Kitty looks like he’s about to go nuts.


The Ants Go Marching

The Ants Go Marching
I’m not sure why I thought of the Beatle’s Abbey Road album cover when I saw this shot.


Unsupervised

Unsupervised
Should these two be out unsupervised?


Ranching

Ranching
Colette looks right at home on the ranch.


Brothers

Brothers
Kevin and Steve out for a spin.


Across the Ranch

Across the Ranch
There are cows everywhere around here…


Cows?

Cows?
Nope, don’t see no cows ’round here…


Out For a Stroll

Out For a Stroll
Oklahoma isn’t all flat and dusty


Time Out

Time Out
Spending quality time while the boys are climbing around down by the stream.


Mmmmm

Mmmmm
The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.


Just a Kiss

Just a Kiss
How about a little kiss?


The Ranch

The Ranch
A quick drone shot of Rebar Ranch.


The Toys

The Toys
Looking at some of Roger’s handiwork.


The Recorder

The Recorder
Colette does a great job of preserving family memories.


Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat at Rebar Ranch
It’s always nice to sit around by the fire.


Family Portrait

Family Portrait
A whole bunch of Petersons and one outsider.


Dan and Don

Dan and Don at Rebar Ranch
A great shot of Dan and Don together.


Laughter

Laughter
Sharing a laugh.


Goofiness

Goofiness
Not sure what’s going on here.


The Lineup

The Lineup
Police lineup, Ardmore-style. Looks like all the usual suspects.


Camping Cows

Camping Cows
We’ve had horses in several of our campsites, these might be the first cows.


Through the Woods

Through the Woods at Rebar Ranch
Steve hitches a ride across the ranch.


Boys and Toys

Boys and Toys
All of the four wheelers got heavily used over the weekend.


Food Fight

Food Fight
The cows lost their minds when they saw the hay bales come out.


Happy Hay


Playing with their food


Scooby Snacks


These guys are persistent when there are snacks to be had!