Pantyhose, Kayaking and Sample Menus

Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

The rest of the week followed the same formula except that we were riding in the adult trek in the morning. In the afternoon you could ride again or indulge in another activity, shooting, kayaking, archery, fly-fishing. Ian, Steve, Tim and Robert took a day out and went to Coeur d'Alene golf course (Ian to write on this) and another day left early to go fly-fishing The kids programme was also full with another afternoon on a river boat and swimming in a river, plinking which was shooting clay targets using bolt shotguns (live bullets) which thankfully were all held in blocks by the sling. They started off shooting at the grass or into the trees but by a few goes they were aiming at the pile and even hitting targets.

One evening the children were taken off for a pow wow and barbecue and the adults were spoilt with a seven-course sample menu. We did not know what to expect and we must admit, coming from London and having had the luxury of sampling some of the best restaurants in the world, our expectations were not that high. The chef was leaving the next day to start a bistro in San Francisco so he was excited at what he had prepared for us. He introduced each course with a tantalising description told us how he had done what and why (working with corn so it does not get too sweet"). We sampled corn chowder which was light and fluffy, had our palate cleansed with a basil and lime sorbet (to die for), trout and fennel, shredded beef and a cheese dish which incorporated a fusion of blue cheese with other cheeses. All the bread accompanying the meal, pastries and desserts were all prepared and not one item frozen. The wine was from Washington. As I sit here I am finding it hard to remember all the ingredients and really annoyed that I did not write it down. A memorable meal and we are only sorry that his bistro will not be open by the time we get to San Fran.

We were entertained on our last evening by Bear Grass, another country sing-along with a couple who played banjos and guitars. The kids had fun with the wranglers, Fynn crashed by the fire on the rugs supplied and slept in front of the fire and stayed there until we were ready to carry them back to the cabin.

The final ride was our best – we were taken out by Randy (actually Ian in a dreadful wig) put us through our paces. Everyone in the group – myself, Nancy, Sig, Elizabeth, Fred and Travis (the wrangler at the rear) went for about four amazing long loping runs. We went up and down the steepest of treks, which you had to rely (hope) that the horses knew what they were doing. We finished at a meadow for a barbecue and then rode the horses back to the ranch.

While this ride took place the boys (Tim, Rob and Ian) took off for a day’s fly-fishing where they waded into the St. Jo River to cast their lines under the expert guidance of Rob. Ian’s casting was significantly worse than the other two but being a jammy sod he managed to catch one fish – a 13 inch cut throat trout (photograph to prove it) and Tim also landed one but two fish for a whole day’s work seemed a harsh return for the effort they all put in.

Everyone, even the elderly members of our group had a great time at the Ranch. The combination of riding and outdoors activity, staying in amazing log cabins, the views, the hospitality, food, drink and children’s programme makes this a fantastic holiday for everyone. We would certainly love to return. I think it would be hard to find a ranch that would offer such variety on riding too. It is going to be hard to ride in London again after this – the thought of just going around a ring or for a trot around a park is definitely dull. Thoroughly and utterly recommended. Honest guys forget the beach resorts for one year and try this.

Ps – for those that do not horse ride a tip (from Judith and Jane) was to wear pantyhose (tights) - this was for the men and ladies of the group. To aid chaffing. Suggestion is that you don’t buy the spandex variety and make sure they are Queen Size for men.
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