The Dude Ranch [Email] Diaries: First Night

Disclaimer: It seems I have just bumped into a treasure trove. Whilest looking for the initial sketches of my tattoo, I found all the emails I sent back and forth with friends and family back home during my stay at the Californian Ranch. Nothing quite tells the story like my email drawl of my 19 going on 20-year-old self. Enjoy the poorly typed, yet raw and real experience.

Hey all!
So i made it to Cali safely and i’m chilling in my temporary room, considering it’s dark out and raining… not quite what i was hoping for, but tomorrows a new day… currently i’m the only girl staff member here, which is fine, but i’m definitly not at bethel nemore… it’ll be good tho, once more staff come in about two weeks, in the mean time, i’m going to adjust and get to know the people here. the cook, picked me up at the airport and he’s a pretty cool guy.
So it’s def. not what i thought it was going to be like, but usually things aren’t, tho i’ve been reassured that i will have lots of fun this summer, i might even be able to go exploring to the red woods and over to the coast! Things will get better when i start working and business picks up in about two weeks! so i’m excited… but for now… i’m just praying and reading my bible, and getting closer to God, because, yeah life is much different here.
No worries… I’m good.
I love you all !!!
God bless!

Hi Sarah!!

I was so happy to hear from you – sorry to hear that sunny California
wasn’t sunny yesterday but I’m sure things will improve.  You will be having an
awesome summer and I envy the experiences you’re going to have.  You’re
right – things will be much different when business picks up and your time is occupied a little better (maybe too much!).  What will you be doing the next two weeks before the other staff arrive?  Have you met the owners and are they nice?  I bet you can’t believe that you’re actually there. Keep in touch – it was really great to hear from you.
I love you, Sarah – have fun!!
(Auntie) Paula

HI Sarah….glad to hear from you as I was thinking of you on Wed. as you headed west….sure hope you have fun along with all the work you will be doing….keep me posted as I will love to hear from you…know that I love ya lots…all is ok here and taking one day at a time….

(Auntie) Adira

Hey, Sarah,
Glad you made it safely to CA.  Yes, I will be praying for you alot!  This is a new adventure, but God is there for you!
Sending a hug,
(Cousin & Prayer Warrior) Lrae

hey Sarah! thanks for your email! I’m glad you’re good… just curious..
do you have your phone with you this summer?? How is it  being two hours
behind us?? I always thought it was cool as I felt like everybody was
living in the future… heh… and I was assured that life would be okay
as everyone had lived fine up until that point in the future, you know??
like Charles Schulz says, “Don’t worry about today. It’s already tomorrow
in Australia.” A mi me gusta esto. =)
So it sounds like things are a wee bit slow.. hmm? A wee bit quiet?? I am
glad you have a positive attitude here and are using it for some God time
and reflection. And of course, you’ll get acquainted well before everybody
else is there, so that’s really good for you. The Red woods and the Coast
sound super awesome as well. Huh?? Oh Sarah!! ::big hug::
(Bestie) Leta

Re: Leta
Hey dear!!! Leta!!!
how are you??? I don’t have my phone… it lost service like two hours
away from where i’m at… two hours behind is fabulous!!! i can get up
early and it doesn’t bug me much!!! Thanks for the Charles Schulz quote->
it’s good stuff:)
It’s a whole new world over here… I’m definitly NOT at bethel anymore…
many prayers are welcome… well i got to send another billion e-mails so… i’m going to try to call
you soon!!!

Re: original email
SOoooo good to hear from you!!
Not what you expected….what do you mean?????
SOOOOO PROUD of you doing this…many would not

Re: Mom

it just looks diff than i pictured… but it’s all good, i got to explore
and clean cabins today, and for the whole serving thing… i actually
don’t have to remember much except for breakfast, otherwise i just bring
the food to the table and people serve themselves!!! so it’ll be lot’s of
cleaning, but otherwise pretty easy!!! it’s all good:) I got to meet the
co-boss, the boss’s daughter-in-law and we cleaned the cabins together and
she’s super sweet… and then there’s this older wrangler guy and he found
out i am a Christian and he told me there’s tuesday night bible studies
and he offered to have me come along!!! i’m so excited… he was also
thinking about starting up a study for workers:) so i’m glad that i have
someone i can share my faith with here.
everyone’s super nice here… yeah
Love you,


It is sooo good to hear from you again!!
I am glad you sound a bit better. I am thrilled about the Bible studies!!!
What an awesome opportunity.
Who knows…maybe you will be a leader in the group!! God works in
mysterious ways.
You say it loos different than you thought…HOW?????
I miss you around but I will be OK
Keep in touch…I llove hearing about your time there.

Love you bunches,
God bless you

Re: Mom

It’s a bit more rustic than i expected…
but i’m now having an awesome time!!! i talked with this guy for like
three hours about GOd and life and the Bible!!! It was sweet!
Don’t miss me, just know that i’m working hard and having the time of my

Love you forever and for always!!


Oh…. How hopeful I was at the beginning…

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