Day Three and Four combined! (Sorry, had internet issues yesterday…)






I’m at the most beautiful place in Wyoming – The R Lazy S Ranch.  Yesterday, since I had time and the internet is now so strong here… I decided to upgrade my IOS before writing my blogpost.  Well, that didn’t go so well.  I lost all of my shortcuts for some reason and couldn’t remember any of my passwords on my portable computer.  I tried and tried… but just couldn’t manage to reach far enough into my bag of tricks to use some other tactics at my disposal – so I just went to sleep without writing yesterdays blogpost.

However, today I arose at 5:45 am, with a fresh brain, and figured out how to get onto the dashboard.  So, Yay!  I love it when technical issues go away.

DAY 3 – LOPING MY NEW HORSE OUT ON THE TRAILS

My new horse, Jazzy, is alert, attentive, engaged and wonderful.  Today I had my loping test, but like me, she doesn’t especially like cantering in an arena, so she didn’t.  The wrangler and I figured she’d be fine in the open range, which she was.  Totally tractable and easy to handle.  I will say, I am so not used to any canter other than my Morgans – so I’m not as versed in other says of going.  Today, I’m shortening my stirrups.

Her trot is easy so we might do that to start today and move into the canter with my newfound shorter stirrups.

Alas, the scenery!  I really come here for the scenery viewed atop wonderful mounts.  That’s my whole goal.  And every day I achieve that.  GLORIOUS.

Here are photos… (Thank you again, Adam).  We crossed a lot of water today and I didn’t take ONE photo.  I will do better today!

This is Adam in front of me. He takes all the best photos… but today, both of us fell short on cameras. I think we were taking it all in and forgetting to take photos. (See how alert my girl is at all times?! Love her)

We did a breakfast ride (easy – and we have our photos taken against a lovely backdrop.). I am on the dark horse to the right. I’m speaking with one of the wranglers. Adam took the pic

Hubby at breakfast, loving on the owner’s dog.

After breakfast, I took some pics of Jazzy.

She was looking at the donkeys

She is just the sweetest girl!

This was the only pic I took of our afternoon ride… I love water crossings. We did a lot of them yesterday – the Snake River – but Adam and Fran had gone into town, Hubby went hiking and I was the only one riding. So I forgot my duties as photog!

These are my feet… resting on our cabin porch, looking at the view after (a sumptuous) dinner. I was trying to figure out why my dashboard to the blog wasn’t working. Maybe the view distracted me.

DAY 4 – TROTTING IN GOD’S COUNTRY

Today, I asked to trot in the shaded and most beautiful single track area called, Cara’s.  I love Caras… It is so pretty that no photo shows its glory.  Forest, sounds, smells, little creatures, elk, deer, wild flowers, logs… so much to consider and wonder about.  I didn’t take many photos, again.

I forgot to take photos of the donkeys this year! So, here they are, along with 3 horses that look so good together (red, black and white) who are recuperating from slight injuries.

Hubby’s horse, Rosie, was checking out his photos with him.

My ride was up Cara’s trail, which is my favorite. You get it all… water, forest, open land and secluded spaces. It was just me and my wrangler. We could do whatever we wanted… mostly we chatted and absorbed. Here we are overlooking the Snake River.

We climbed up fairly high and then went into the wilderness. But this view is my favorite.

The photo doesn’t really do it justice. If you can image bei..ng above the treelike and looking down into the river and beyond to the famous Sleeping Indian.

The day was glorious. Just exceptionally beautiful.


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Day 2 at the Ranch! Crossing lovely water!






Today, at the RLazyS Ranch in Jackson, Wyoming,  we went on an all-day ride up to an old homestead.  We’ve done this ride before and we were eager to traverse through the Aspens and ride the open fields to get there.

Over the 6 hours, we saw 2 different groups of elk!  We also met a coyote, a deer and someone saw a bear, luckily I didn’t…

A lovely time was had by all.  My new horse, Jazz, was a total delight!  She is calm but engaged, eager but not chargy, and she listens to me.  Jazz is a very good girl.

The photojournal.

(Thank you, Adam, for these photos!)

As you can see, the terrain is very different than yesterday, and vast. Here we are riding in a HUGE open field, in the middle of the Teton National Park where there had been a large ranch. I am on the dark horse.

We can ride at any speed, but it is much safer to ride gently because there are lots of ground squirrel holes out here. The weather was very warm, but there was a breeze.

Our wrangler took this shot. Hubby, Tom (0ur good friend from Alabama) Fran, me and Adam. Fran and Adam were our neighbors in Grass Valley. They have been coming to the Ranch with us since 2014.

A few of the elk we saw… they were very calm, thank goodness. No one spooked.

There are many, gorgeous bodies of water – which I love coming from water starved CA. Here we are walking along one of the reservoirs streams.

We crossed the Snake River many times… This time, my horse was drinking (on the right).

We arrived back to the cabin around 3:30, after lemonade on the Lodge porch. This was my view at our cabin.

If you zoom into the last photo, you can see riders coming back from their respective rides… We all get to choose where we go each day.

The is Adam with his lovely mount, Joe. They have been riding partners for years. They love each other.


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