Have You Booked Your Summer Vacation Yet?

Summer can’t be described without the outdoors. Picnics, strolls, anything to get outside and enjoy the once-a-year weather. When planning a vacation, then, why separate yourself from the beauty of nature? Embrace summer this year by visiting the ‘Last Best Place’ state of Montana. Montana is filled with unspoiled nature and at Paws Up you’re offered 37,000 acres to explore and enjoy. When putting together your summer bucket list try adding fly fishing, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, and how about an all-american Cattle Drive?

It’s the truly unique experiences that will be remembered through the years. Summer is a time to actively bond with family and friends so it’s understandable that you’re selective with where you choose to visit during precious time off. Flying into Montana from anywhere in the US means little to no jet lag, and the seclusion of our towering mountains and pines is sought by travelers all over the world. Excellent cuisine paired with luxury accommodations amplifies the experience. Expect nothing less that the freshest ingredients in your meals and the finest wines to sip by the campfire. This is big sky country so whether you’re staying in a luxury private rental or glamping like royalty be prepared to be dazzled by nature’s night-time display. For an extra special visit come during a meteor shower. Roasting marshmallows for s’mores with endless wish-making gives points for romance and is equally family friendly as well.

The blackfoot river, made famous by the novel ‘A River Runs Through It’, snakes through Paws Up for 10 miles of water adventure. Expert guides know the best spots for fly fishing and take you beyond Paws Up borders to taste all that Montana rivers have to offer. For hikers there’s the Clearwater canoe trail that follows the river, the same area mapped by Lewis and Clark. And it’s not summer without getting wet – ride rapids of all levels in either a raft or inflatable canoe! Swimming holes are also readily available and hot tubs wait on the deck of every vacation home. Cruise on watercrafts or powerboats. There’s also tubing, wakeboarding, a water trampoline, paddle boats and kayaks. Paws Up has all the water gear.

And if you haven’t experienced ‘glamping’ then this summer is the perfect time to find out what all the buzz is about. Even Prince William and Kate Middleton have been in recent glamping news. Imagine camping – minus all the sleep deprivation and lack of hygiene. In glamping camping sites, Paws Up style, expect luxury level accommodations with a camp butler and chef to compliment your outdoor stay. It’s the dude ranch feel with your best tastes in mind. Visit Spa Town to unwind and be soothed by nature’s own soundtrack of babbling creek and gentle rustling wind.

This is summer versatility with 37,000 acres to capture an entire range of summertime activities. Whether your group is the size of two or twenty plus, The Resort at Paws Up has private accommodations for you. One luxury vacation home, one tent, an entire camp or any combination thereof can be arranged for you to experience the unfiltered nature of Montana through a medium of pure luxury. Bliss.

 

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Why A ‘Dude Ranch Vacation’ Should Be On Your Bucket List

There are few things more iconic in America then the cowboy. The Ranch defines the west where open land was settled and cattle roamed and were gathered at roundup time. In the modern era the cowboy is thought to be a thing of the past – but the culture is alive and well. At The Resort At Paws Up there may be a few more amenities (and a leisurely time schedule) but the active outdoors defines this stretch of Wyoming.

A ‘dude ranch’ vacation is a step away from the tech age and into a place where time goes at it’s own pace. If you haven’t experience a dude ranch vacation it’s a must-do for any bucket list. And for a wild west luxury experience that can’t be beat – visit Paws Up. Here there’s the option of staying indoors in your own private vacation home or camping like royalty in ‘glaming’ campgrounds. The ‘big sky’ greets you on sunny mornings and starry nights. Babbling brooks, towering pines, the same cliffs explored by Lewis & Clark, and 37,000 acres of nature made available for you and your fellow bucket-list seeking friends. Add to that a cattle drive where you learn an art that’s stayed more-or-less identical for the past hundred plus years and you’ll leave with a lifetime of memories.

Ever seen the City Slickers film? It’s a movie that the youngest generations might not know, with a release date in 1991, and the old type of special effects – none – but this film does a great job of explaining why a visit to the wilder parts of the west can do us city slickers some good. The Resort At Paws Up makes a point of being much tamer than the Dude Ranch from the film, don’t worry about having to face a stampede or handle the birth of a calf. What you can expect is a range where you can take in the nearly tangible peace or engage in mind-sharpening and verizon-widening activities like the cattle drive, archery, horse riding and more.

The Cattle Drive is led by Mike and his dog sis, who’s so swift at following commands that she seems nearly human herself. And we can’t forget Max, Mike’s faithful steer, who joins every outing like one of the family. The horses you ride are highly trained and respond to neck commands, leaving you one hand free to cast your ropes or high five your fellow cowboy trainees. Once your horse is saddled-up and you’re in place it’s an afternoon of gathering the cattle and trailing them to the working corrals, sorting them, then trailing them back to the home pasture. The Ranch at Paws Up is a working ranch with a couple of hundred head of black angus cattle and over three hundred head of elk, so when you’re out with Mike you’ll be experiencing the real thing.

Whether we recognize the impact of city life or not, taking a breather into the simpler (well…less digitalized) life is a must do upon occasion. While wifi is available and cell service is present, try putting it all away for a weekend and joining the expert guides at Paws Up. And there’s no shame in a little victory dance as you check off one more thing from the bucket list!

 

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The Best Fly Fishing Montana Has To Offer

Fly Fishing On The Blackfoot River

Fly fishing attracts a certain breed of outdoorsman and angler. If you prefer wading out into a flowing river, being part of the elements, and finesse presentations – then fly fishing is for you. Montana boasts some of the best fly fishing rivers and trout fisheries in the nation. If you want to experience the best Montana has to offer, then we invite you to experience fly fishing at The Resort at Paws Up.

Covering over 37,000 acres of Montana wilderness, several rivers flow right through our property. You can explore these rivers on your own or benefit from rafting with one of our expert fishing guides. Our guides have fished these rivers for years and will help you find the best trout fishing holes. Here are some details on these legendary rivers and what they have to offer:

Bitterroot River – a dry fly paradise that is famous for 95 percent dry flies and great hatches, which start in mid-March and well in October. The newfound favorite, the “Skwala Stonefly,” used to be “guide warm up season”, but has received a lot of attention from hearty anglers around the world over the last decade. According to the Montana Fly Fishing Connection, this river has the reputation of being tricky to fish, however, there is a secret to navigating this river – it is in reading the water and knowing where the fish are at different water levels.

Missouri River – One of the best hot spots for fly fishing, this river is nearby the resort and is a treasure trove for trout. This massive river travels approximately 700 miles along the entire state of Montana. Imagine fly fishing the day away and then arriving to your comfortable, peaceful lodge with fresh trout for dinner – a true fishermen’s utopia.

Clark Fork River – The largest river by volume in the state and one of the longest. The Clark Fork is approximately 310 miles long and is close to the resort. The last sixty miles of the river is essentially a series of lakes created by three dams. The best fishing on the Clark Fork is found between its origin and the confluence with the Flathead River near Paradise.

Blackfoot River – This is the very river featured in the Robert Redford classic ‘A River Runs Through It’. The Blackfoot flows right through our property, as stated above, and is a good ten-mile stretch. We have several luxury river camps established along it’s banks. Experiencing this legendary river is on the bucket-list of most fly fishers and is a prize of the resort.

We take pride in offering a comfortable and luxurious experience to fly fishers from all over the world. We have many lodging options available for your fly fishing trip, depending on your level of comfort and style. We don’t claim to be just a ‘fly fishing lodge’, we offer a unique fly fishing experience. It truly is a vacation hot-spot for the fly fishing enthusiast.

 

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Savor the Art Of Gourmet Grilling

Montana Master Grillers Event

Savor the art of gourmet grilling during the Montana Master Grillers event being hosted by The Resort at Paws Up. Dates are May 23 – 26, 2014 (Memorial Day weekend). This weekend of fine grilling is promised to be a seamless blend of fine wines, spirits, beers, exquisite grilled cuisine, stunning outdoor-dining settings and unforgettable wilderness adventure! World-class chefs will be producing their specialty dishes with a flare that BBQ lovers can’t resist.

The Resort at Paws Up features thousands of acres of ranch land, providing the ideal setting for passionate culinary artisans to eat, drink, and toast in celebration together. It’s an intimate experience to afford one-on-one interaction with some of the finest chefs, smokologists, winemakers, brewers, and distillers in America. Featured Wineries include Cakebread Cellars from Napa Valley, California (find more information on our Fly-Fishing with Dennis Cakebread HERE) and Kenefick Ranch Vineyards from Calistoga, California. Montana’s famous Montgomery Distillery, whose Montana roots reach back five generations, will also be joining us with their spirits.

In addition to the over three hundred head of resident elk, you’re very likely to see a couple hundred head of stunning Black Angus cows roaming the rolling pastures of the Ranch. Immerse yourself in the “Big Sky” country that inspires chefs from around the world. In addition to your culinary experience there’s adventure that waits as well – including fishing, riding, shooting, and more – The Resort at Paws Up provides it all. Visit our list of activities.

And, to make the Montana Master Grillers event complete Paws Up has arranged a special treat for guests. Crystal Bowersox will be performing a VIP campfire concert May 25th! Crystal was launched into music stardom when she finished as a runner up on American Idol, season nine.

Crystal Bowersox

Chef Brian Howard

“I’ve been trying to find a balance between nature and total sensory stimulation by merging recognizable dishes with worldly ingredients and modern techniques,” says Howard. “The results are incredible; a fusion of flavors that are beyond comparison.”

Howard is a bold example of the culinary field being a profession of passion, having believed  since he was 10 years old that cooking is in his blood. Starting his career in Detroit’s finest kitchens and further gaining his stripes in sin city, Las Vegas, Howard’s dishes have received widespread acclaim from USA Today, Los Angeles Times and New York Post, as well as glowing reviews from Las Vegas’ top critics.

Chef Danny Fischer

“I’ve been cooking my whole life and learned it from my mother and sisters,” Danny says. “It was never about just putting sustenance on the table, it was about having fun with the meal and it showed in what we cooked. I strive to emulate that.”

On explaining the start of the wildly successful Baby Blues BBQ in southern California, Fischer says they did what any American would do – scratched their heads, drink some bourbon, and put their best family recipes on the table. Striving for a perfection fueled by passion, Fischer works only with the freshest locally grown produce and teams with people who truly care about what they do. The result is culinary art in it’s finest form.

Chef Ben Jones

Host chef at The Resort at Paws Up, Ben Jones treats the taste buds of every guest with a Montana culinary prowess. Having experience with Montana’s best local game and produce, Chef Jones assures that only the best ingredients available are served at Paws Up tables.

Meet more of our world-class guest chefs

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Embracing The Cowgirl Legacy At The Spring Roundup

Cowgirl Legacy

The American cowgirl rides and ropes, understands land and stock and confronts the elements. Celebrate cowgirls both historic and modern with the Spring Roundup at Paws Up – Montana’s premier luxury ranch. Experience educational workshops, trail rides, sporting clays shooting, photography, campfires, music and mingling unlike ever before with the Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honorees. This event is happening April 24-27 and is limited to the first 40 women, ages 18 and older, who register.

Frontier cowgirls broke convention and made countless contributions to western culture by ranching, trail-driving and rodeoing. Modern cowgirls are able to show who’s boss while they master outdoor activities like riding and shooting. Come on over to Montana on invitation from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame for the ultimate immersion into cowgirl culture. We’re bringing together experts in the American West in order for you to bring home some sharpened skills along with wonderful Montana memories.

National Cowgirl Museum Mission Statement:

“The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire.”

This is a unique opportunity to go deeper than the diaries, memoirs, letters and journals, by learning first-hand from leading figures of the American West on a wide range of cowgirl activities. Herd cattle across the land Lewis & Clark swooned over, test your aim at our sporting clays course, or opt for a myriad of other exhilarating wilderness escapades. The Resort at Paws Up believes in the adventure of free-spirited women everywhere, which is why we’ve teamed up with the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame for this phenomenal Roundup.

Here’s a taste of what’s in store during the Roundup:

Arrive at the center of a welcome reception and mounted shooting demonstration at The Saddle Club. Afterwards be treated to a mighty tasty Cowgirl Baroness Dinner and roast s’mores around a cozy campfire – all alongside Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honorees. Over the weekend ride with the most renown riders of the day and practice photography with a famed American west photographer. By night mingle under the stars and swap stories with American legends. Taste our chef’s refined rustic ranch cuisine of articulately blended culinary dishes made with the freshest meats, produce and ingredients available. Relax in a charming vacation home at the crossroads of incomparable luxury and unspoiled wilderness. Choose from an exciting line-up of events. And, most importantly, enjoy yourself!

As a guest staying in The Resort at Paws Up you’ll have the best amenities available to relax and rest up. We provide immaculate creature comforts so that you’ll be ready for all the events planned during the three-day Cowgirl Roundup weekend!

To mention just a few:

  • Photography workshop with Barbara Van Cleve
  • Shooting with Lindy Burch
  • Bronc Riding with Jan Youren
  • Barrel Racing with Jimmie Gibbs-Munroe

View the Cowgirl Spring Roundup schedule
Meet our featured participants
Learn More About The Cowgirl Spring Round Up

For more information, or to make a reservation, please call 877-588-6783.
Event weekend package rates start at $1,500 per person

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The First Annual ‘Wilderness Games’

Take a hiatus from the typical hiatus to get some serious adventure in this year! The Resort at Paws Up is offering an exciting spring break challenge in the now-to-be Annual Wilderness Games.

The winter Olympics in Sochi have closed, so it’s time to get ready for summer in Rio 2016 by winning gold at Paws Up! Do you have a Katniss Everdeen or Robin Hood in the family who can split an arrow down the center? Does your household boast expert Nintendo Wii hand-eye-coordination?  Any resident golfing proteges who could rival Happy Gilmore while fishing like Jeremy Wade?  Wanna try?

The Wilderness Games are taking place during scheduled weekends in both March and April. We’ll tally up the scores each weekend and award prizes to the families with the highest points. Then, at the conclusion of the games, the family with the highest cumulative score will win the grand prize of a return stay at Paws Up with airfare included! Among the games: archery, horseback egg and spoon race, sporting clays, and fly-casting golf.

Sporting Clays

Join an experienced shotgun instructor for a fun and competitive adventure at our Sporting Clays course. After some practice, show off your dead-eye aim in a scored round.

Sporting Clays

Archery

Channel your inner Katniss Everdeen at our professional archery course. Expert instruction by our guides will ensure that you’re on target for this unique and exciting competition.

Horseback Egg and Spoon Race

Put your equestrian skills to the test in the Saddle Club arena by completing a timed lap that weaves around barrels all while keeping an egg steadily secured in a spoon the entire way.

Horse Riding

Fly Casting Golf

The art of fly casting can be challenging to master, but with instruction from our expert fishing guides we’ll have you casting like a pro as you participate in a friendly game of “golf.”

Flycast Golfing

All of this while relaxing in your very own home away from home. When staying at The Resort at Paws Up the best amenities are on hand during your visit. Luxury vacation homes mean an ideal intersection of privacy and peace with the best Montana scenery. Towering oaks are your nearest neighbors along with the Blackfoot River and tranquil creeks. Fine dining can be found in The Village and transportation around The Ranch is easy and complimentary.

The whole family will enjoy showing off the best of their skills (with expert instructors on hand for fine tuning) during the Wilderness Games. This is the breakout season for these annual games and your family name could make Paws Up history and, more importantly, legends within your own family history! Trick your kids into being active outdoors through some friendly competition. It’s their perfect adventure with your preferred creature comforts. Action packed days with rejuvenating nights.

You’ve been the tourist, the sunbather, the GPS. Cruises are compact, beaches are crowded, and we all know the locals in tourist cities already have their hands full. The Big Sky offers a rejuvenating getaway without the worry of kids wandering into crowds or becoming bored while cooped up in the hotel. Consider spending your well-deserved vacation in the Montana wilderness – with the possibility of winning a complimentary return visit including airfare (restriction apply). It’s a spring break experience that your kids will be talking about for years.

Paws Up also boasts numerous off-the-scoreboard activities to pair alongside the Wilderness Games. ATV tours, horseback riding, river rafting, along with so much more! Enjoy spa treatments pre-game to sharpen the senses and steady the hand. Yoga is available in the Spa Town fitness tent at The Village at Paws Up as well!

The April 2 – 5 games weekend has already sold out, so be sure to make your reservation ASAP! Call or chat online today with a Paws Up representative and ask about March 26 – 29 or April 9-12 for “Wilderness Games” specials.

 

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Perfect Place for a Wedding

First of all, congratulations to the happy couple Chad and Amber! And secondly, praise deservedly goes to Moonstone Pictures for producing an elegant and emotionally charged wedding video. Try to watch it without cracking a smile – impossible.

You can read more about Chad and Amber’s story here.

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Commemorate Your Montana Vacation With Your Smartphone

At The Resort at Paws Up, set in picturesque Montana with the Blackfoot River flowing through it and the endless big sky serving as the backdrop, most guests could easily fill up a couple photo albums with all of their snapshots.   Who wouldn’t want to commemorate such a memorable Montana vacation?  Sometimes though, the images taken from a smartphone leave a lot to be desired.  Whether you are taking photos of the landscape or of your child’s first time on a horse, here are some tips to get the most out of your smartphone photographs.

The first things to consider are the resolution and image quality settings.  It may seem like a no brainer, but it is advisable to set your camera to take pictures in the highest quality (usually labeled “superfine”) and resolution.  Each photograph will take up more memory, but will be of a much better quality.  A higher resolution will allow you to have a larger image and if needed, you can always resize the image to a smaller resolution and keep the same image quality.  Trying to convert a lower resolution photograph to a larger size will result in poor image quality.

Capturing great photographs of your kids can be an arduous task.  Getting them to stand still to pose for a shot or trying to capture that big moment when they catch their first fish can be an exercise in patience.  To help make these tasks go a little bit more smoothly, preparation is key.  Make sure to have your smartphone ready and all settings adjusted to your liking.  One setting in particular to look at would be white balance; this adjusts the image based on the warmth of the lighting.  For example, a fluorescent light bulb has a bluish or cool hue which can make anything that is white in the image have a blue tint.  For outdoor photos, most camera phones have two white balance settings, one for sunny days and one for cloudy days.  Try taking several photographs using different settings to figure out which images come out best before it’s time to take the real shots.  To capture action shots, try using your camera’s continuous drive or burst mode.  In this mode, the camera will rapidly shoot a series of pictures when you press the shutter button and then you can look through and choose which image came out the best.  For those using an iPhone, this functionality is not built in, but, there’s an app for that!  Two top apps to try are Photoburst or Quadcamera.  Most Android devices do have this functionality built in, but for those that do not, or for a more robust menu of options, try Action Snap or Fast Burst Camera.

For photographing the natural beauty of the landscapes that can only be found at a place like Paws Up, try using the HDR functionality.  This functionality is built into the iPhone and Android users can download a free app such as HDR Camera.  HDR stands for high dynamic range imaging and works to correct over and under exposure seen on landscape images.  This is caused when a shot has a lot of different lighting in it, from shadows to very bright sun light.  For instance, a landscape could have the bright sun glaring overhead down on a lake that creates reflections and then deep shadows underneath a group of trees.  Typically a camera phone tries to adjust the image based on just one of these light conditions which does not do justice to the other areas of the image where different light conditions are present.  With the HDR setting, the phone will actually take multiple shots at different exposures when the shutter button is pressed and then combine the best of the images into one image.  This creates a dramatic image with beautiful shadowing and highlights.

When you are back at home after a fun-filled trip to The Resort at Paws Up and it is time to upload your photographs to your computer, keep in mind that even professional photographers do a little bit of post processing to their photos – it’s not cheating! There is an abundance of free programs and websites out there for image editing, ranging from the simple to use like picmonkey.com, to more advanced programs like pixlr.com, to complex programs like GIMP 2.  Programs like these allow users to edit out redeye or glare.  While photo editing may seem like too much work for your family vacation photo album, it can be a great way to make some of the most special images even more beautiful.

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Paws Up: The True American Theme Park

Part of the fun of a vacation for most people is the opportunity to relax and unwind.  Day-to-day life for many people is stressful, and a vacation is the perfect opportunity to “get away.”  Yet year after year, families continue to go to Disneyland and other theme parks and return from their vacation more depleted and stressed than when they left. While vacations at Disneyland may be fun, they are certainly not relaxing.  There is nothing relaxing about waiting in line for up to 2 hours to enjoy a ride that lasts for only ten to twenty minutes.  Adults barely have the patience for that kind of wait, let alone children. Where is the fun in having to meticulously prepare for a vacation so as to avoid the crowds and lines?  Why should you have to read and adhere to an in-depth guide and constant strategic planning to enjoy your vacation?  For that matter, why do many Disneyland guides actually recommend taking a break from your vacation?  Your vacation is supposed to be the break!

At The Resort at Paws Up, a true Montana Ranch all of the planning is taken care of for you. Simply let us know what you want to do and we make it happen. If you would like to spend an afternoon being pampered in Spa Town, we’ll arrange it for you.  And don’t worry, your kids will have a blast, too! Send them on a day of adventure with our Kids Corps of Discovery.  The Kids Corps of Discovery will provide children with plenty of entertainment and wilderness education (your kids will be having so much fun, they won’t even realize they are learning!)  Activities include a petting zoo, a scavenger hunt, swimming, kayak excursions, lessons on the basics of building a fire, and much, much more, all under the watchful eye of our trained and caring staff. You and the kids can convene at the end of the day for a gourmet meal. For memorable days together, the whole family can enjoy activities such as learning how to ride a horse, hot air ballooning over the breathtaking Blackfoot Valley, or canoeing.

Where a Disneyland vacation offers corn dogs, nachos, and frozen hamburgers, or two-star food at a five-star price, at The Resort at Paws Up you can expect fresh, locally sourced ingredients, carefully prepared to showcase the freshness and quality of the cuisine.  In fact, the person preparing your meal can tell you exactly where each vegetable and cut of meat came from. Try posing this question to the Disneyland employee schlepping corn dogs. On second thought, don’t – do you REALLY want to know where that corn dog came from?

Where a Disneyland vacation offers crowds of people crammed into small spaces, The Resort at Paws Up offers guests 37,000 acres of wide-open spaces and big, blue Montana skies.  Step outside of your glamping tent or private home at Paws Up, and take a deep breath of the fresh air, lightly scented by the towering Ponderosa pines, and hear the quiet murmur of the Blackfoot River.  Try to do the same at Disneyland.  And the best part is you won’t need to spend the entire day telling your children not to run off, lest they be lost in the throngs of people.

At the end of the day, when you and your family are exhausted – not from the stress and frustration of a day spent fighting crowds, but from a day chock full of exhilarating activities, you can retire to your luxury accommodations and The Last Best Bed®.  Now how’s that for a vacation?

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Where We’re Going Glamping

For many people, the term “camping” conjures images of dirty sleeping bags, flimsy tents that provide little protection from the elements and more insects than all the bug spray in the world could handle. But experiencing the great outdoors can be a very comfortable and, dare we say, luxurious experience.


The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, Montana

Simply mention Montana and most people envision sweeping vistas and rugged landscapes. And The Resort at Paws Up certainly encompasses that pioneer-esque imagery, but it also throws in an element of undeniable opulence. Currently, there are four luxury camps to choose from here—there’s the Moonlight, Creekside, Pinnacle and River—each featuring views and characteristics all their own. In June, the newest luxury camp, Cliffside Camp, will join the roster. Resting on the banks of the Blackfoot River (the setting for the Norman Maclean novella A River Runs Through It), Cliffside Camp features four two-bedroom tent suites and two one-bedroom honeymoon tents, each as luxuriously rustic as the next. Every suite has in-room bathrooms (no dirt holes on this camping trip), air conditioning, and a camp butler and chef.

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