Disneyland calls itself "The Happiest Place on Earth", but I happen to know of a little place that is even better!
Whenever we get the chance, (holidays, weekends or just on a whim) we all climb into our pickup trucks, endure a bumpy 20-minute ride down dirt roads to reach our destination...El Rancho (the ranch). But I like to refer to it as little piece of Heaven on Earth!
Located in what some might call the middle of nowhere, lies this rustic, turn of the 20th century home.
El Rancho has running water, thanks to this pozo (well), built by my mother-in-law's brother.
Although there is electricity, there are no TV's to be found, no cable, no phone and no internet. But who needs all of that stuff anyway? There is so much more to do and enjoy.
My favorite thing about the ranch is this clay oven,
where we bake everything from Pollo y Papas en Adobo...
...to better-than-gourmet pizzas.
Don't want to cook in the oven? Then fire up the grill!
While waiting for lunch or dinner to be served, head on over to the sitting area to chat with family and friends...
...and enjoy a drink or two. Tequila, anyone?
Then sit back, relax and wait for night to fall.
(Sigh!) Life is good!