Weeks later, heading into the mountains on a gravel road in the pitch dark with a carsick child, we questioned the wisdom of our choice. After an enormous day of driving we were all miserable. We reached the schoolhouse, found the key and stumbled into bed.
When we opened our eyes in the morning, we felt transported to another era.
When the owners of Stermitz Ranch decided to renovate the old, abandoned school house on their property, they were surprised to discover that many of the original furnishings and school supplies were still inside. They used them to decorate the one room cabin.
The old school books are still on the shelves.
The owners created a book about the schoolhouse that was pretty fascinating for a history buff like me.
After wandering around the school house, we stepped outside. While we knew the ranch would be beautiful, our surroundings still took our breath away.
And of course there were the horses. I couldn't wait to go riding, and I was thrilled when my little son said he'd like to go too. Best of all, he absolutely loved it! In this photo he's meeting Reuger, the sweet horse he still talks about all the time.
While the location of the ranch isn't entirely convenient to Yellowstone, it was worth the extra twenty minutes of driving time. The road from the ranch to Gardiner follows the Yellowstone River. We took the dirt back road and found ourselves driving through herds of antelope and elk.
Sometimes, taking a chance while traveling truly pays off, and our stay at the Stermitz Ranch Schoolhouse was one of those times.