Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Marlboro Rock the Ranch 2012


I signed up on Marlboro's website many years ago when they were doing OWTW2. The have great promotions, games, contests, and giveaways. I love participating in all these things because they are fun and the prizes are great.

One of the best things Marlboro gives away is a trip to their ranch in Montana. I first heard about Crazy Mountain Ranch about 5 years ago. I looked up some stuff on it and read blogs from people who had been, and I was hooked. I wanted to go so bad. I participated in a few contests where the grand prize was a trip to the ranch just in hopes of going.

They seriously pay for everything if you win a trip. They send you baggage and luggage tags to use, as well as a cap to wear at the airport so the others going to the ranch and the ranch staff can recognize you. They send you the plane tickets and prepaid cards to pay to check your bags. They feed you like crazy starting at the destination airport, and they even send you a check to pay for the taxes for winning the trip. Not to mention the crazy stuff you get when you get to the ranch. The gifts are not always the same, and it depends on the time of year you go, but they are along these lines: a cowboy hat, some form of boots (either winter boots or cowboy boots), a digital camera, sunglasses, a backpack, t-shirt to wear for group pictures, and a jacket. This is not a complete list, and the gifts vary from time to time, but these are the most common.


Well, I think it's finally happened. On Monday I got an email from Marlboro that said I'm invited to the ranch!!


I RSVP'd right away and I'm so excited! I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much until I get my confirmation packet in the mail, though. It could take up to 6 weeks to get it, but I'm hoping it doesn't take that long.

The only problem that I have is that they don't tell you what date you'll be going until after you send in the paperwork telling them who's going with you. Since G and I work at the same place my boss has a hard time letting us both off at the same time. It's going to be even harder telling him that we both need the time off, but we don't know what dates yet. We're going to talk to him about it when I get my first packet since that's when I have to decide. If he gives us major problems about it then I'll just have to take my mother, but G is my first choice.

Here's to hoping I get an amazing trip to Montana this summer!!

23 comments:

Roz said...

hey there. I just got our confirmation. I am so excited. we are actually going in june. My husband's boss is probably going to give us a hard time but oh well. he is a week shy of earning his week's vacation when we are booked to go. I can't wait.

Missy said...

Hey Roz!I got the confirmation call with my dates on Wednesday. I'll get my activity packet on Monday. I'm waiting until then to post about it because I've been seeing on facebook that some people's dates have been changed. And if I waiti til then I'll have some pictures I can post with it. So what dates are you going in June?

Roz said...

Hey Missy! I am having trouble posting comments back to you. so if this is in triplicate sorry!!
We are going June 20-23rd. I have am looking everywhere for details. I am one of those who has to know everything and has a plan. My husband on the other hand could wait forever.

Missy said...

There is a tab at the top of the page that says Marlboro Ranch. I've got a list going of all my posts on the Ranch that you can click on to read the posts. I'm trying to give as much info as possible because I too looked for as much info as I could find when I found out I was going on the trip. If there's anything I've posted about so far that you want more information on just let me know!

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to inform you, that in the "pre-trip" documents you sign before the trip, it states you have to be "a SMOKER 21 and over". If you quit, like stated above, you might wanna start again if you're dead set on going on this trip.

Missy said...

"Anonymous", I am very aware of every piece of paper I signed, but thank you so much for your concern!

Missy said...

If anyone else is concerned about me smoking, the issue has been resolved. Since I found out I'm pregnant, I don't have to worry about it. And yes, the Ranch knows I'm pregnant and they are still letting me go.

Anonymous said...

Missy.. congrats to you on the trip and expecting.. i don't know if you have went yet.. but me and my husband are going in 2 days.. just because you quit smoking doesn't mean you are exempt.. i've seen where some people get the smokes and get the trip and give the smokes away when they get home.. anyway best of luck to you..

Missy said...

Unfortunately I had a lot of complications with the pregnancy so my Dr wouldn't let me travel for the trip June 6-9. It was probably a good thing because I ended up losing the baby. I'm ok with it now because I feel that it happened for a reason. Good news is that my trip has been rescheduled for August 12-15. The Ranch has been great on working with me and coming up with a solution when my Dr wouldn't let me go.

Megan said...

My fiancé and I leave July 17th-20th and were so excited! Just got our tickets today

Jen said...

Just won the trip today! I'm soon excited! My trip is planned for September 23-26 :) It's the first thing i have ever won!

Missy said...

It's pretty exciting stuff. I couldn't believe it when I got the email saying I won. I thought it was some kind of hoax. I've been wanting to go to the Ranch for so many years now. This is the first big thing I've ever won. I've won a few things through Marlboro's contests, but never from anywhere else. For a while all you'll be able to think about is the Ranch and when your going to get your next packet. You may even check out (stalk) the FedEx website for a while just waiting to see if the next package is coming your way and that's ok. We all did it in the beginning. I'm pretty calm about it now, but once August hits and I'm preparing to go on the trip I'll be all excited about it again. I'm just trying not to get my hopes up too much at this point since my trip was already rescheduled once.

Make sure to bring some warm clothes just in case. I'm gonna guess the temps will be in the 60's maybe low 70's during the day when your there and in the 30's at night. If you have any questions about the process you can read my other blog posts or just ask!

TIFFANY CANALEZ said...

Missy,
I'm very sorry about the unfortunate events that have recently happened. I am happy to hear that they were able to accommodate you. I too will be visiting the ranch on those days. Aug. 12-15 I'm very excited and can't wait. Hope to see you there!

Missy said...

Hey Tiffany! It's nice to hear from someone else going the same time I am. I've only talked to a few so far. Less than 3 weeks left til we leave!

christina said...

Omg our trip is the 12 through the 15th also I am so excited omg have you gotten your luggage yet

Missy said...

Your luggage should come in a few days. The first time I was scheduled to go I got my luggage the day after the tickets but I think it takes just a little bit longer now. I got luggage for the trip I was supposed to go on in nine so I most likely wont get it again. I hope to see you there.

NRKimball said...

Missy,
I guess my wige and I will see you there. She and I are so excited for this Sunday! Which activities are you guys doing there? Connect with me on FB and maybe we'll see each other there. Nicholas Ryan Kimball from Honesdale PA.

Missy said...

We are doing the zip line and horseback riding on the first day and off-roading and archery the second day. I hope to add fly-fishing and maybe the nature walk. It depends on how sore I'll be from the horseback riding, lol. We have almost 4 hours between activities on the second day so I'm sure we'l get to add something.

heather said...

i won the trip and i am goin september 8th-11th 2012

Missy said...

Congrats Heather! You are going to have the time of your life. It's the best experience ever!

amanda lawhon said...

I also found out I am pregnant and had to send them a letter from my doctor. They didn't ask if I had stopped smoking so I hope that it is ok that I have. We leave tomorrow for the trip and I couldn't be more ecstatic :)

Missy said...

You are going to have a blast! There are some activities they won't let you participate, but there should be enough for you to do to stay entertained. You are going to have the time of your life. And don't worry about smoking. Even if they expected you to, which they don't since you are pregnant, no one would ever know if you did or not. You're in different places and around different people all the time. Just relax and have a great time.

Jennifer Tasman said...

Hey i got the cell phone in the mail. I rsvped I sent pack the packets by FedEx they recieved them april 9 2014 how long until u hear about the tickets and info? I have never won anything like this and me and my hubby never got a honeymoon so this is it. Please respond super excited about this.