On the Border

Grand Dining RoomWe spent two nights at Rancho de la Osa, just two miles from the Mexican border. We could see the fence, once it was pointed out to us. In my camera lens, it looked like another mountain range.  The Border Patrol had waved us through the checkpoint on our way. 

The Border Fence

This was my second visit to the historic dude ranch, which has an international clientele. The first time, in 2005, I was with the Realtor who had been contracted to sell the place. She didn’t. Owner Veronica Schultz said that she and Richard now are set to stay for the rest of their lives. No one else wants to take a chance, though there has been just one time that Veronica thought illegal immigrants might be crossing their land.

The place is quiet. We read book, took naps, and went to meals. Veronica took us on a tour one morning and told us of history-making guests: John Wayne, Joan Crawford, Margaret Mitchell, Adlai Stevenson, Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson. Before it was a dude ranch, the place was a stop for cattle drivers to dip their animals. Arizona was then a remote Territory. The ranch hands were Mexicans. Members of Mexican families have worked there through two centuries, until the fence was erected. Now the ties are broken. The facilities manager is a Lockheed engineer who lost his job. The woman in charge of the horses splits her time between Arizona and Colorado. A chef travels to Oregon to see his elderly mother. The Schultzes, who were lawyers, have no children to inherit the ranch. Other dude ranches in the area have folded their tents as their regular visitors grew old and unable to return.


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