They were wanted in several states. It wasn’t uncommon for them to shoot up the local saloon in search of their men. They were the toughest cowpokes in all of the Wild West and they were simply known as The Wild Bunch!
It didn’t take them long to find their men in Vallecito, California. The men had just cleaned out the town bank and were looking for trouble with two of the town’s more well-known saloon girls.
It was high noon when The Wild Bunch issued their final challenge. With guns drawn, they made it clear that it was time for the men to go for their guns or to go quietly with them. Would they fight for their freedom?
It was a day of wild, western dress-up and technology combined. Each person in this group of hardy and adventurous DEN members came from miles away to try their hand at movie making. Some of them left the comfort and security of their homes at 5:30 AM to make the dusty trek to California State University-Stanislaus. At 7:45AM they circled the wagons for a brief breakfast of donuts and coffee — the breakfast of all true cowboys!
But there was no rest for the weary. By 8:00AM, the wagon train headed into the hills toward the goldrush town of Vallecito. Tucked away, down a rough, dirt road, was the western set known as Millerosa. Not sure what awaited them, they continued forth bravely.
The NorCal DEN members stuck close together (there was safety in numbers) as they were introduced to Jim Miller and his wife, the owners of Millerosa. The DEN was instructed to follow Mr. and Mrs. Miller down a steep staircase. But, as they reached the bottom of the stairs, all eyes grew wide!
Suddenly, and without warning, this group of one dozen adults all became seven years old again. It was time for dress-up and the ultimate game of make-believe!
After HOURS and HOURS of some serious play… it was time to head deeper into the mountains to the "NorCal DEN Family Cabin." They had a fabulous time, and it was hard to say good-bye to their new-found friends, but they wanted to be done by sundown.
Even with a beautiful backdrop of pine trees and lungs full of fresh mountain air, they could not be distracted from the task at hand. Heads were together and thumbdrives were flashing fast and furious between them. And so, "The Wild Bunch" movie began production.
Good food, great friends, and huge laughs were the order of the day. A wild (western) time was had by all!
If you would like to be a star for the day… please visit www.millerosa.com!
Thanks for a wonderful day, Jim!! 😉