Ferrets on the Road: Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

This is the first installment of a recurring series you’ll see on this blog. Any time 2 or more Ferrets head out on the road for something special, you can expect a report here detailing the excitement. I’m writing the first ‘Ferrets on the Road’ post, but any one of the girls might be the reporter next time!

A few weeks ago, all 6 of us went for a weekend to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas for a personal writing retreat. So what exactly does a writing retreat entail for the Ferrets?

Well first you have to get away from the normal world for awhile, and what better place to do that than in the middle of nowhere, with no cell service, where you can pretend the rest of the world doesn’t exist for a few days?

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The view from our cabin’s front porch

Second, you must come prepared. Especially if you aren’t staying in a town. Make sure you have water, food, and marshmallows, of course.

Actually several of the Ferrets were appreciative of the jumbo marshmallows, just none so gleefully as Michelle.

Michelle discovering the marshmallows

Also, make sure they are jumbo marshmallows, perfect for roasting.

Roasting marshmallows over the embers

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Michelle & her long-awaited marshmallow

Rebekah is an expert marshmallow toaster

Rebekah is an expert marshmallow toaster

​ Take the time to get out and exercise, wherever you are, and take in the sights. Even if you are on a writing retreat, it’s important not to stay cooped up inside all day!

Going hiking

Ferrets gone hiking

Jess leading the way

Jess leading the way

Observe things closely. You are a writer. That means everything you encounter is research.

Watching man make fire

Watching man make fire

Greet the local wildlife (or in our case very tame free-roaming horses)…

Serena greeting the horses

Serena greeting the horses

Rebekah petting our campfire visitors

Rebekah petting our campfire visitors

​ Take a moment to be a kid again, after all, you are on a retreat away from your ‘responsible adult’ duties…
Lissa (me) taking a turn on the tree swing

Lissa (me) taking a turn on the tree swing

And, oh yes, when all is said and done… WRITE!

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Eris writing in her cave under the stairs

Jess helping Rebekah go over story points

Jess helping Rebekah go over story points

Serena overcome from too many projects

Have you ever been on a writing retreat? We’d love to hear about your experiences! Or if you haven’t been, where would you like to go? What would you work on?

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4 thoughts on “Ferrets on the Road: Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

  1. i totally agree that writing retreats or even just a gathering of writers for a weekend of literary excitement are necessary. i’ve been dying for one such weekend for ages! next weekend i do get to indulge for two whole days and i can hardly wait. love all the pics!

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