Two years ago I took Maisie down to The Rock Ranch for a fun filled day. The Rock Ranch is a 1,250-acre working cattle ranch / agritourism farm that is owned by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy. From the end of September through the beginning of November they open to the public on Saturdays for their Fall Family Fun Days. When I took Maisie two years ago I thought it would be a fun few hours, (surrounded by a two hour drive each way) but it was so much more. She and I spent seven hours having an absolute blast and had we not had to get back home by a reasonable hour, we would have stayed longer, until they closed. I had wanted to take Maisie last year but between our cruise, Saturday morning TOPs practices, some parties and all her gymnastics meets, we just never had an open day to make the trip. This year though, once I had her spa-tastic birthday party and gymnastic meet dates on the calendar, I blocked out our one free Saturday and kept my fingers crossed for good weather so that we could make our day happen.
I couldn’t have asked for a better day, cool morning to start, bright sun and it turned into a warm afternoon. Saturday morning Maisie and I arrived at the ranch right when it opened and she had a plan and knew what she wanted to do. Our first stop was right outside of Tiny Town, the face painting station, where she was the first child of the day.
Then it was into Tiny Town and she was off. Funny as I have almost the same picture from two years ago, her off and running.
Upstairs in the Boarding House Maisie met a little girl named Hannah.
After almost two hours in Tiny Town it started to get busy so it was time to move on. Maisie would have liked to return later in the day but the queue to get in was more than she was willing to do. It was good that we visited there first as she got a long time to play, good to know when we hopefully return next year.
Maisie’s way of “walking” up from the pond.
Or maybe it’s this open hill as here she is back in November 2010 doing her thing in almost the exact same place.
Maisie had a blast navigating the rope maze and zipped through really quickly. This activity was her second favorite, with the first of course being Tiny Town. We returned to this rope maze three times and she followed all the paths at least twice.
It was a really awesome day with my girl and I’m going to have to make sure that we get a date on the calendar for next year, got to enjoy these days before she gets too much older and doesn’t want to spend a day like this with her Mom.
There’s no better way to end a perfect day than with a perfectly delicious meal. Maisie adores grilled steak, especially one that’s been marinated in a slightly sweet sauce so this Steak with Bourbon & Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce was a huge hit with her and all of us. Click on the link or the picture to be taken to Cook Lisa Cook and the recipe.
More delicious recipes posted on Cook Lisa Cook include: Mango Lassi, Stir-Fried Asparagus with Water Chestnuts, Ginger & Cashews, Curried Roast Chicken Pieces with Spicy Sweet Potato & Carrots, Grilled Corn & Bacon Pudding, Oriental Chicken Salad, Potato Salad with Bacon, Coffee Crusted Steak, Home Style Chicken Curry, Watermelon Frosty, Mango Gazpacho, Toll House Double Stuff Oreo Brownies, Long Beans with Walnuts, Blacksmith Pizza, Rhubarb Crisp, Laksa, Math Book No Bake Cookies, Aloo Gobi, Mint Lassi, Red Curry Chicken, Lamb Curry, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, Baked Egg Cups Two Ways, Thai Peanut Salad, Holy Guacamole, Cantaloupe Agua Fresca, Wallaby Darned, Piggy-Out Cookies, Wicked Good New England Lobster Roll, Long Beans with Garlic, Super Simple Summer Shrimp Salsa Salad, Grandma’s Teriyaki Steak, Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho, Red Chinese Long Beans with Peppers & Red Curry, 24-Layer Crêpe Cake, Fig & Watermelon Salad, Grilled Chèvre & Fig Panini, Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad, Grilled Prawns, Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon, Kicked Up Piggy-Out Cookies, Pesto Pita Pizza, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Nutella Crêpes, Mango, Lime & Chile Spiced Ice Box Pie, Roast Beef & Garlic Herb Cheese Sandwich, Layered Crespelle with Bolognese, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil, Jamaican Jerk Meat Pies, Nutella No Bake Cookies, Velvety Mac & Cheese, Welsh Cakes, Tom Yam Ghoong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), Lime Jewels, Southwest Pasta Salad, Walnut Roca Squares, Uncle Bubba’s Shrimp & Grits, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps, Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Copycat “KFC” Coleslaw, Happy 6th Birthday Maisie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies, Thin Mint Irish Coffee, Caramel Apples, “Rotisserie” Chicken, Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Mummy Hotdogs, Mango Upside Down Cake, Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens, Aloo Tikki, Pink Strawberry Cake Balls, Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Dumplings, Rum Cured Salmon, Apple, Cranberry & Rhubarb Crisp, Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic Sour Cream, Crunchy Oat, Almond, Cashew & Pebbles Granola Bars, Texas Chicken with Lime Butter, Biscoff Fudge, Eggnog Popovers with Cranberry Butter, Creamed Corn with Cheese and Cilantro, Potato Crusted Pork Chops, Oatmeal, Cashew & Chocolate Granola Bars, Texas Chicken Sandwich, Seared Scallops with Creamy Pesto & Lemon Pepper Pasta, Thai Chicken Noodle Soup, Glazed Lemon Squares, Chang-Style Brussels Sprouts, Maisie “safe” No Bake Cookies, Ponderosa Lemon & Sour Cream Tart, Pork Dumplings with Rice Wrappers, Sweet & Spicy Apple Pork, Dark Chocolate Dipped Candied Lemon Peel, Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites, Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake, Malted Pretzel Crunch, Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing, Apple Pancakes, Baked Egg & Avocado, Health(ier) Peanut Brittle, Crab Cake Stuffed Mushrooms, Broiled Sushi, Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter, Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Slow Cooker Chicken Curry, Slimmed Down Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Baked Meatballs, Skinny Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, Fruit, Nut & Poppy Seed Chicken Salad, Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars, Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Hearty Sausage, Mushroom & Cheddar Mini Quiche, Strawberry Soup, Chicken Tenders, Mango Melon Banana & Chia Smoothie, Lacy Cheese Crackers, Dried Cherry Almond Tart, Thai Cucumber Salad, Grilled Thai Chicken, Chili Maple Mustard Ribs, Curried Grilled Thai Chicken Salad, Copycat “KFC” Original Recipe Fried Chicken, Double Chocolate Mousse Cake, Cauli-Rice, Cauliflower Crust Pizza, Fritos Crusted Pollock, Chicken Satay Noodle Salad, Mini Cheesecake Bites, French Fries Hash Browns, Soup Day Soup, Thai Curry Shrimp with Shirataki Noodles, Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon with Sesame Ginger Honey Glaze, Bacon & Cheese Zucchini Fritters, Fried Green Tomatoes, Crispy Zucchini Chips, Zucchini with Onion & Brown Sugar, Shrimp & Vegetable Madras Curry, Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings, Maisie “safe” Bacon & “Cheese” Zucchini Fritters, S’mores Granola Bars, Marshmallow Pops and Broiled Tomatoes.