A perfect day
Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
24Trip End Jul 10, 2010
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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
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.
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
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!