A perfect day

Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
Trip End Jul 10, 2010

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Colter Bay Campground

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Today can only be described as one of those perfect vacation days. The weather is perfect, Sunny in the high 60's to low 70"s. We got moving early to go on our breakfast cruise. It Departed at 7:15 A.M.!!! The ride on Jackson lake was beautiful. The boat took us out to Elk Island where we had a great breakfast of eggs,pancakes,sausage,fresh fruit and if you wanted it, Rainbow Trout( the girls and I passed on this but Rob and Robbie had some). We ate facing the mountains in a Fields flanked by wildflowers. Perfect except for the mosquitoes but we were ready with the OFF.We hiked to the top of the island and had even more nice views.On the way back to shore we spotted a large Elk in the forest. It had a full rack on its head. Pretty cool.
After getting back to the marina, we decided to head out for our horseback riding adventure. It was in a very remote spot, 7 miles down a gravel road but worth the drive. Robbie could not wait to get going. They placed Robbie on Little Blue, a smaller white horse. He may have been small but he had a lot of spirit, trying to get in front of the guide, jumping,not walking over the small logs on the trail and veering a bit off the course( off roading as the wrangler called it).Robbie held on the whole time, having a great time, not in the least bit afraid. The wrangler said that Little Blue had a stubborn streak and a lot of heart. I thought that was a perfect pairing because that sort of describes Robbie as well.

I was behind Robbie on Red Bird. He was a nice horse but liked to eat on the go. He also did not prefer to walk in the deep water or muddy spots, instead making his way around them but never veering far off the trail. He was amazingly sure footed. It always amazes me when I go on trail rides how the horses seem to know just where to place their feet without stumbling. The horse was rather tall and Cara told me I looked like a midget on it. 

Cara did not want to join us at first but then succumbed to the pressure. She was placed on Casper, a nice horse who just followed along behind me, stopping and going whenever I did. She ended up having a great time and made it across the streams with getting minimally wet. She had fun making fun of me and her sister along the way.

Big Rob was placed on Big John, another apt pairing. Big John was just that very big! Rob did well handling the horse and encouraging Jenna along. We did a number of stream crossings and Big John had no problem at all. Rob took most of the pictures along the way. About 2/3 of the way through he handed the camera off to me to get some shots of him. It is pretty difficult taking pics while balancing on a horse I'll tell you. Rob and Jenna took turns bringing up the rear.

Jenna was the last on to be assigned a horse, OLD SATAN. Can you believe it? I thought she'd have a heart attack right there after hearing the name but thankfully did not know what Satan meant.Old Satan was old I guess. He took his time and didn't want to keep up with the group unless Big Rob and Big John were behind him. Jenna looked terrified at the first stream crossing and Old Satan didn't seem to want to go either. We all encouraged both of them and they finally made it across. Jenna stayed in font of Rob for a while and started to get more comfortable. Until the last river crossing when again Satan wouldn't go into the water. He stood in the deep part for a while so Jenna's feet got soaked. She toughed it out and didn't shed any tears until the last 5 minutes. That's when Old Satan decided he did not want to go through the gate to return to the corral area. He instead went around in circles and Jenna swears he reared up but I did not see it. Anyway she survived and we all had a good time.

After this we headed back to camp for some down time. I relaxed with a book, the girls worked on postcards and their journals and Rob and Robbie went fishing. I dozed off and was awoken about 30 minutes later by the girls yelling for me to look at Robbie. I asked if he caught a big fish and the response was yes, himself! Apparently, he fell into the icy cold lake twice! The water is 45 degrees! He was cold and wet but laughing a bit. I got him warmed up and he too took a nap( that never happens!)

We had dinner and headed out for an evening at the rodeo. I wasn't sure what to expect but had a good time. There were little kids mutton busting. They were about 5-7 years old riding sheep. It was too funny. There was some bull riding and barrel racing. All of the animals looked healthy so I was relieved about that. Robbie went down into the arena for the calf scramble. This is when all the kids are invited to try to get a ribbon off the tail of a calf. It was pretty funny. I don't think he knew what he was doing but he ran around with the crowd and had fun.

On the way home we spotted some fireworks in the distance so we stopped and watched for a while. All in all a very good day. Going on a float trip tomorrow with Jenna and Robbie while Rob and Cara hit the white water. Not me I'm too chicken especially after hearing about how Jill was thrown from her boat on her white water trip!

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Gramgerry & Papa on

Well, I just got off the phone with you guys, checked for the blog and it is awesome. The scenery, the mountains is just beautiful ! we had a nice day yesterday, we all went to Carey & Joe's for the block party, Dad made it to 9:00P.M. then he came home but I stayed the extra hour for the fireworks. Today we are cooking out down Uncle Sal's, it will be just us, then Aunt Kathy & Art will go to Aunt Ginny's for the fireworks. I hope you are all safe today, love you all.

Jill on

What views u are seeing!!!! Adriane u shpuld still go white water rafting. U may not get thrown in and if u do u have a life vest(LOL). keep having fun, we r enjoying the vacation with u vicariously!!!!!!! (: (: (:

Charlie on

Hey Sis!
Catching up on the blog after a few days of boating, etc. Sounds like an awesome trip, get on the raft! You will be fine!

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