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T Cross Ranch  IMG_0984Joshua Berman, Special for USA TODAY

Slowing down, cowboy style

I’m visiting T Cross Ranch, a small, rustic guest operation in northwest Wyoming, with my wife and three daughters. As a schoolteacher about to start another busy year, I wanted to bring my family somewhere special before hectic schedules take over our lives — somewhere quiet, where we would be forced to turn off our toys and actually listen to each other.

Holing up in a simpT Cross Ranch  IMG_0871le log cabin at the end of a remote mountain road seemed like just the ticket, and the old-fashioned family fun of a guest ranch seemed like the perfect level of excitement.

T Cross’s eight creaky lodgepole-pine cabins have wood stoves, basic plumbing, a few lightbulbs, and porches with grand views of the pasture and sky. The cabins are built around a main lodge and kitchen, and the ranch can accommodate no more than 24 guests at a time,who pay $1,690 for an all-inclusive six-night stay ($1,550 for ages 6-12). The biggest amenity, however, is the remote location, north of the town of Dubois in the Shoshone National Forest, surrounded on all sides by one of the most remote, rugged regions in the Lower 48.

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