So boho chic. This gypsy has been wanting to try it out for the past couple of years. Finally I had the opportunity to do so in August. I picked glamping @ River Ranch Lake Wales Florida. River Ranch also has another love of mine – horses!
Our almost 400 sq ft tent had AC, a fan, a fridge, it’s own outdoor grill and picnic table. Our canvas oasis had a separate screened in porch in the front to keep bugs out. This is where every morning our breakfast magically appeared! Pot of coffee, danishes and fruit just silently showed up, kind of creepy and fabulous all in one. Definitely luxury in the great outdoors. In the middle of the glamping tents there’s a communal fire-pit that also magically ignites every night at dusk, perfect setting for your complimentary smores kit.
But what I loved most about this ranch and experience was the southern hospitality, history and simplicity that’s
lost in most areas today. This area of Florida is home to America’s first cowboys – a combination of Seminole Indians. Spanish colonists and American Settlers. There’s a real sense of freedom – American freedom that sadly seems lost today. At this ranch you can learn how to line dance, go to a real rodeo, drink at the saloon, go for a ride (on a horse), ride an airboat through the everglades or fly your plane in. Soon you’ll be able to fly your plane and land right next to your cabin or glamping tent.
My favorite thing about this excursion was the people who work the ranch – a definite reality show subculture. I had the honor of meeting Mr. Ray Duncan who runs the ranch, is the rodeo announcer and the preacher @ the “ranch chapel”. Mr. Ray and I had to have words cause I complained about the insanely loud plane that was hovering over our tent around 6am. I was fresh off my plane the night before and ironically my industrial street in Brooklyn is quieter then that! Mr. Ray was very sympathetic and generously hooked us up! He came by on his golf cart everyday with his dog, Cowboy, and found us. All to check in and make sure we were ok and having fun. It was truly amazing! And we laughed when he told me that the loud plane culprit was a photographer capturing early morning light for his photo shoot! Even in glamping and nature one can not escape one’s roots!
I must also tip my hat to Ms Chelsea whom we lovingly refer to as “Ms Chelsea Mam” she is the talented female trick rider in the rodeo and was our trial ride leader every morning. Chelsea had impressive knowledge of all the local vegetation, animal tracks and a deep respect for the land. She’s a bad ass and a beauty too! She made our trip so much more lush and alive.