I had no idea what a Dude Ranch was. Then I arrived at C Lazy U Dude Ranch way up in Granby, Colorado, in the snow capped Rocky Mountains, and was impressed.
C Lazy U is hundreds of acres of beautiful land, but it is mostly a Dude Ranch for families with a love affair with horses.
Kids at C Lazy U do a lot of cowboy and cowgirl kinds of things, mostly long trail rides, while their parents ride out on their own
The wranglers take good care of the guests, teaching the finer points of horsemanship or even lassoing.
Lunches are family affairs, something between chuck wagon chow and real good dining
The morning round up of the horses is very inspiring whether you love the creatures or not. And morning coffee around the campfire is a cool kind of ranch camaraderie
Do not come here unless you love horses and the western style life of life.
But if you and your family are looking for a Cowboy experience with everything included, especially the fun, C Lazy U is, well, for you
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This is the "Pineta della Feniglia", the 6-miles long trail that crosses the Feniglia peninsula, in Orbetello, Tuscany (Italy).
The road runs across pine trees, and you can reach the sea on a side, and the internal lagoon on the other side. This is also part of the Argentario complex, a must-see in Tuscany, especially in summertime.
The park is one of the jewels of Cyprus nature. A nature lovers paradise. More than 200 square kilometers for hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, nature study, photography, swimming, sea kayaking and snorkeling. There are 4 official nature trails (Aphrodite, Adonis, Smigies, Pissouromoutti) offering breathtaking views of the coast, as well as the extraordinary trail in the Avacas gorge and the long trail along the Lara coast. In Lara there are breeding beaches for sea turtles and it is not very rare to spot one while snorkeling in June. Baths of Aphrodite is an interesting spot to visit. It is a caved pool where the goddess regularly took her bath according to legend, while Blue Lagoon offers fantastic blue waters for swimming. The Lara coast in the west offers a big collection of coves over 20 kms where one can have the sea all to herself. Caution is needed as usually there are big waves off the west coast. Parts of the park can be accessed on easy dirt roads, but others give a hard time even to off road vehicles. Smiyies is a lovely picnic area in the woods near Neo Chorio village and it is adjacent to a small church, (Ayios Minas). One could spend many days exploring the park, and a visit of at least 3-4 days is perfect.
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Cars were overturned by the tornado, which left a 5 km-long (three mile-long) trail of damage. A roof was also ripped off a shopping centre in Albany, local media said. Earlier reports had put the death toll at two.
"Initial reports that there were two or three dead are incorrect and we can only confirm one death at the moment. We believe that to be accurate," said local police commander Gary Davey. Auckland Mayor Len Brown said he was surprised more people had not been killed.
"That there was a big, mean beast of a tornado... we're just extraordinarily lucky that there hasn't been more loss of life," he told local media. Witnesses described debris flying though the air and cars torn from the ground as the slow-moving funnel passed.
"There's probably six or seven seriously damaged cars, and I saw cars flying off the ground about 30 metres (100 feet) in the air," shop owner Hamish Blair told the Associated Press news agency.