(We are at R Lazy S Ranch in Jackson, Wyoming. FB here. The best guest ranch for …everything! Especially if you want riding, eating and having a lovely, relaxed, gloriously gorgeous time. Once you’ve been, you’ll come back as often as you can. I promise.)
I had an epic ride today.
It wasn’t a perfect score or a perfect ride… it was a perfect experience.
It all happened by chance. I got really, really lucky. Everyone else wanted to do a different ride than what I had in mind… Consequently, I was alone with one wrangler. And that wrangler, Rob, decided that it was his job to make this my best ride ever. He said we could go wherever and do whatever – at any pace.
Wow! OK. Well….
Of course, I didn’t know where to go in this vast, wonderful place… so I said, “Water, single track, different speeds, mix it up, and some cross country!”.
“OK!, Let’s go!” said Rob as he let out a ‘whoop!’. We were off!
I still have no idea where we went. And to be honest, it didn’t matter. We were in Mother Nature’s Lap. The grasses swayed, the trees whispered, the water gurgled, the animals came out (we saw 70 elk including 2 bulls), the sky reflected the silvery clouds and the entire day – every moment – was filled with awe and joy. And when we weren’t pondering how lucky we were to be in this story, we chatted about our dreams and the power of the natural world . Two strangers sharing as only strangers do, on horseback, in the wilderness, with Mother Nature as loving chaperone. Glorious.
That’s what it felt like to me.
Coming back into the barns, I was moved to tears. I was so overwhelmed because I realized what had just happened. What I was gifted…
One of the best days, ever.
It just doesn’t get much better than this.
Here are photos (when I remembered to take them) of the most beautiful, most stunning, most fun, most Wyoming cowgirly, most humbling, most communal and most joyous ride I’ve experienced in a very long time.
To me, if I am motivated to give someone a book, that person rates. At least for me…
So, when Rob found me later and handed me his favorite book, the day was etched in my scroll of life. I will read it, return it and somehow pay him back for this glorious gift of a day.
I always say stuff like, “That was so great that if God struck me dead right now, it’d be fair…”. And again today, I said exactly that to another guest. I came back to the lodge after the ride and Bob saw that I was crying… he asked what was wrong and I said, “Nothing. The ride was so incredible, that I’m crying. If God struck me dead right now, it would be OK because that ride was perfect.”
But then I realized… I have to repay him.
Or maybe, by expressing this, the Universe will do it for me.