The Program

Road Scholar offers thousands of programs around the US and the world. They are all educational in some respect and traditionally have been oriented toward seniors, although I believe younger clients are welcomed as well these days. Some programs are mainly seminars and are suitable for folks who are frail or have disabilities, but some feature hiking or cycling for those who enjoy more physical activity.

This program was rated a 6 out of 7 on the activity level, but in fact should not be too difficult for anyone in reasonably good physical condition. You can always hop in the van at the lunch stop or one of the water stops if you find the ride exceeds your abilities.

Outlaw Ranch prides itself on its food. They emphasize a low-salt, low-fat diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and everything made from scratch, including fresh-baked bread every day. Head chef Marlys (below) gives a short talk, "Thoughts on Food" before each meal describing what is on the menu that day. The food is served cafeteria style. At breakfast, after everyone finishes getting their seconds, the lunch materials are set out. Each person selects what he wants for lunch and puts it in a paper bag, which is transported to the lunch stop in a van.
Lady talking with food in foreground People going through the food line

After the meal, each table busses their own dishes and wipes down the tables. You also make your own bed and put the dirty sheets and towels in the hallway at the end of the week.

From left to right are Darryl, Helga, Ruth, Pam, Carolyn, Jim and Adele. This was the day we shared the dining room with a troop of visiting boy scouts whom you can see at the coffee stand at the back of the room. In the second photo are Roger, Marie, Gary, Mary K, ??, Sue B and Mary S.
People eating at table People eating at table

Various activities around the ranch are also offered, such as horesback riding under the watchful eye of wrangler Mary K.
People riding horses

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