Today was Day 4 at the R Lazy S Ranch. (No affiliation)
I have so many photos! But, unfortunately, not a strong internet connection. So I am bummed that I cannot show you as many photos as I’d like…
You see today, I felt very quiet and melancholic. I wasn’t sure why… but I think it had something to do with Mother Nature. I wanted to commune with her, hold hands with her. I wanted to catch her attention and have her whisper to me, gently. She was all around me, yet I hadn’t been infused by her…
I needed to be quiet to hear.
But first, we rode.
Hubby is matched with an incredible horse made exactly for him (or so it seems). Her name is ‘Rose’ – a huge red roan with total attitude and lots of GO! They are perfect together.
I, on the other hand, requested Dove… who I love. She is as sweet as can be and her trot is fabulous. However, she isn’t into loping much. So, Hubby and I have been on separate rides.
Riding separately was OK for a while, but today I wanted to be with Hubby so I asked to switch horses. I asked for a horse who had a nice lope. Well, the wranglers wanted to give me ‘Thorn’ – Rose’s best friend – but he had been ridden last week and he needed a rest. So, instead, they gave me ‘Luna’.
Luna is a small (yay!) dark brown mare with several brands (she’s been there, done that) and floppy ears. They literally flop sideways. Probably an old injury. She’s a bit older… calm and serene. And as promised, Luna’s lope (canter) was perfectly divine.
And lucky for Hubby and I, the owners’ son, Will, took just the two of us on an incredible ride – all over the Grand Teton National Park – through woods, creeks, streams, meadows to die for, glorious paths and heavenly trails. Having grown up here, Will knew the best places to ride – and the best places to lope.
The only issue was that Luna is quite a bit slower than Hubby’s and the Wrangler’s horse, so I was always waaaay back there… but that was OK. My girl was tractable, honest, dependable and had a fabulously comfortable, albeit a bit slower than everyone else, canter.
MY TIME SEEKING MOTHER NATURE…
Although I loved riding with Hubby and Will, something inside of me wanted to seek out Mother Nature. I needed some alone time…
If I had had the knowledge and fortitude, I would have loved to have set up a ‘blind’ somewhere on the ranch to sit quietly and watch for wild animals.
Instead, when all of the other guests were around the campfire after an incredible dinner eating homemade s’more’s and listening to adults tell ghost stories while the kids were swinging into the pond via a rope … I snuck off with my camera.
I knew I was smack dab in the middle of Mother Nature’s living room (here at the base of the Tetons); all I had to do was sit back and relax, and she’d show herself soon enough…
So that is exactly what I did.
Below is my photojournal…
THANK YOU, MOTHER NATURE… I NEEDED THAT.