Camping grew in popularity in the early 20th century, when electrical kitchen implements became commonplace and poltergeists became exponentially more annoying. Enjoy the peace of the great outdoors with today's Groupon: for $44, you get a two-night camping package for up to two adults and two children and a group roping lesson at Smoke Rise Ranch (an $89 value). This Groupon can also be applied toward the value of a cabin rental ($70).
Smoke Rise Ranch turns rustic dreams of camping, hiking, and communing with horses into reality on the rural confines of its 2,000-acre working cattle ranch. Assemble your tent or portable geodesic dome for a two-night stay ($22 value/night) at Smoke Rise Ranch's campgrounds, nestled in the rugged hills of Athens County, with unlimited electricity and water from campsite hookups. Patrons can then partake in a group roping lesson ($45 value), where experienced cowpokes transfer lariat skills to each participant with one-on-one instruction, providing them with the tools to rein in runaway cattle or rampaging office xeroxes. Campers of all ages are welcome to learn the rope-wielding tricks of the trade, though babies are notoriously poor at aiming lassos.
Rock bluffs, ponds, and the nearby Buckeye Trail offer further rural diversions, as well as a blissful reprieve from the wails of feral city ambulances. In the evenings, campers can regroup for nightly live entertainment. Peruse the photo gallery here for a preview of Smoke Rise Ranch's bucolic vistas.
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