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DAY 2! Onion allergies, forgotten photos, Barnies and a great nap!






Today was an interesting and fun day… as I sit on my cushy matress, typing to you, I can hear all the merrymakers having fun after dinner.  It is still light out.  Hubby came in a minute ago and grabbed his bottle of bourbon, so I think he might be sitting around the fire telling war stories – literally – with the other men here.

This photo is from yesterday. It is our friend Adam and his horse Joe. (That is me in the background - oddly enough.)

This photo is from yesterday. It is our friend Adam and his horse Joe. (That is me in the background – oddly enough.)

TODAY!

Today I woke up feeling Limey (I have Lyme Disease.  Mostly I manage it through diet, sleep and stress moderation – but sometimes it rears its ugly head.)  I think the last few months of moving, etc. has taken its toll.   I told Hubby that I was not feeling very well so we decided to do only one ride and take a nap in the afternoon.

Our morning ride was GLORIOUS.  It was so glorious that I forgot to take many photos!  Mostly it was single track trails through the forests of Teton National Park.  Beautiful.  We were shaded and the forest was cool.  It didn’t occur to me to take photos until after we were out!  Drat!

My horse, Petunia, was much more lively today.  She had new shoes put on last night so I’m thinking she was feeling lighter.

Hubby said that his horse, Cochise, was more calm today.  Hubby loves Cochise – which is interesting because he was very upset that he didn’t get Rosie from the previous years.  But, after riding Cochise, he prefers the huge draft cross.  They are always at the front of the pack… Cochise is energetic and, according to Hubby, has lovely gaits.

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I love anytime we are near the Snake River.

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I was in the rear … here we are just coming over the water bridge into a huge meadow. Hubby is on the big Paint, Cochise.

 

NAPTIME

After (a delicious) lunch, we had naptime.  Hubby read and I slept.  Afterwards, I felt a bit more refreshed but not hunkydory.  We decided to go into Jackson to purchase a few sporting undergarments when I felt my face get really hot and lumpy.  Allergies struck!  I’m allergic to bulbs (onions, garlic…) and I had onion soup at lunch.  Why I did that, I have no idea.  I knew it was onion soup but I went ahead and ate it anyway.  “Gee, I’m on vacation, maybe my allergies are, too…”.  Wrong.

But, the reaction wasn’t too bad.  It only made me red, lumpy and sleepy…

So, after a great (garlic free) Italian dinner (with tiramisu dessert!), I came back to the room to rest and blog.  I’ll probably sleep as soon as we are done here.  I want to be fresh in the morning because it is PICTURE DAY.  Saying that reminds me of grammar school.  Anyway, I cannot be all blotchy and sleepy, so I need to lay low and take care tonight!

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I totally forgot to take any photos when we were on the single track trails through the Teton National Park (forehead slap). But, this is pretty wonderful, too!

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I was in the rear for a while. I held back so I could take photos (finally).

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This is heading back into the Ranch. All glorious.

MORE PHOTOS!

A TIDBIT about the ranch… So I love my horse, Petunia, but I’m having gear issues with the saddle.  After shortening and lengthening the stirrups, I asked about changing it out.  The Wrangler told me that they generally give guests the same saddle that they have had in previous years… so if it didn’t bother me last year, it is curious why it bothers me this year… I asked them to check to make sure I’d had this saddle previously.  They did.  I had.  So we concluded that my fabulous new sheepie is too thick and throws off my leg and seat.  Tomorrow we will try the saddle without the sheepie and see how it feels.  And, if after that I still want to change out the saddle, I can.

Anyway, a nice tidbit on how the R Lazy S takes care of their guests…

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The meadow at the front of the Ranch

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Hubby wanted me to take a photo of him on Cochise but we were already back at camp so all Cochise wanted to do was go in and rest/eat/buddy up with his friends. Not a good shot, really.

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Sweet Petunia wants me to rub her face after every ride, which I do…

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A failed Barnie.

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Another failed Barnie but I giggled when I saw it and thought you might, too. It looks like I’m hiding under her face or something. My arms are too short for Barnies…

This is a photo of the horses at the Ranch from the R Lazy S FB page. (click image to go to FB)

This is a photo of the horses at the Ranch from the R Lazy S FB page. (click image to go to FB)


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NOTES FROM THE RANCH, IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS…






I have so much to write about… but so little time tonight.

So instead, I am going to show you images of the little things that I photographed because they added to my adventure – but didn’t fall into any large category like ‘riding’ and ‘eating’ and ‘scenery’.

I took this photo tonight when I finally walked down to the Snake River.  Can you believe how gorgeous this was?!  The light was beyond spectacular!  It took me about 5 minutes to walk from my cabin to this spot.

I took this photo tonight when I finally walked down to the Snake River. Can you believe how gorgeous this was?! The light was beyond spectacular! It took me about 5 minutes to walk from my cabin to this spot.

Remember how I told you that the ground squirrels were running amok on my cabin roof?  Well, they had a condo complex right nearby...

Remember how I told you that the ground squirrels were running amok on my cabin roof? Well, they had a condo complex right nearby…

Aha!  I finally caught one of the ground squirrels in action!  Here he is through the screen on my front window.  He had been running all around the porch and up and down the sides of my cabin.  He was such a busy little thing...

Aha! I finally caught one of the ground squirrels in action! Here he is through the screen on my front window. He had been running all around the porch and up and down the sides of my cabin. He was such a busy little thing…

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This was one of the little darlings sucking up some drops of lemonade – I cannot blame him since we all drank the lemonade in gallons!

babies

These are the two babies that live in the front paddock of the Ranch. The sorrel will scream and come running whenever we return from a ride… Very cute!

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This is the youngest of the babies. So friendly and beautiful.

bird

This may be difficult to decipher, but this is a hummingbird nest with two baby hummingbirds in it. There were a zillion hummingbirds on the ranch – loved seeing them at the feeders on each porch. My feeder had daily visitors. It had to be filled every morning!

brnad

On Saturday afternoons, the maintenance men will brand any leather item you might have with the R Lazy S brand. As you can see, he is heating the brands while my half chaps and boots wait to be branded.

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These are the brands. A big and little version…

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He did my boots first. Oh, a ‘lazy’ letter (Lazy S) means that the letter is on its
side instead of vertical.

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cabin veiw

This is the view from my cabin. I loved it! However, most of the other cabins had even better views…

deer

This was a deer we saw on our evening walk. She just sat there… so I took her picture.

donk

Angel lives here. She is everywhere. I took this shot this morning. She was outside the saddling pens.

doorway

I had never seen this type of man-door for a corral… have you? You can get in but the horses cannot get out. However, one of the wranglers told me that they made this one a bit too big because Emerald the mini-donkey can get in… Can you see Sky watching me and wondering what the heck I was doing…?!

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This is the edge of my porch swing and my tiny EverSafe mosquito repellant house nestled in the corner. See it? It is the green thing there. I brought it from home to get rid of the mosquitoes on my deck and it really worked!! I had none!

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I loved sitting on the swings that they had erected all over the ranch. Here I am sitting on the swing outside the Rec Room while I was waiting to go on a morning ride.

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Two of the ranch horses. I loved going up to the fences and watching the horses interact with each other. These two were buddies and they came over to check me out.

photo

This was a photo of one of the many bears we all saw… I saw a total of 5. Yowsa.

swing

This is me again, sitting on the swing in front of the lodge.

This is the view from that swing...

This is the view from that swing…

These are the two gals from Alabama and me!

These are the two gals from Alabama and me!

heading out

I shot this at 6:30 in the morning as the Wranglers were going out to bring in the saddle horses from their night time grazing pastures.

cabin

This was my cabin. I loved the swing.

haycart

A simple hay cart. They actually used this… I saw it all over the place.

emerald

This is Emerald, the mini-donkey. She was locked in her paddock because she is on a diet.

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I gave up taking photos on rides because they never looked anything like the real thing. As you can see… this was taken on a ride (do you see Sky’s ear?) but the perspective is not clear. We are on a high peak. I’m looking down over a cliff, into a valley and they beyond to a grove of trees, then the peaks beyond. It was incredible but not clear here.

This is Marvin.  He is a friend of Sky's.

This is Marvin. He is a friend of Sky’s.

thunderhead

Here we are, just coming in from a ride. You can see the foul weather looming. We beat it in.

balloon

One morning I saw a balloon.

whispers

So many of the horses were really good friends. I never see this at my house… they exhibited such love – this was a big herd so maybe they formed stronger bonds? – not sure, but I had many opportunity to see this kind of thing among pairs.

I shot this tonight on my walk... this is on the ranch.

I shot this tonight on my walk… this is on the ranch.

  Well, I have tons more pics, but I will save those for tomorrow!

 

R LAZY S RANCH HAS A NEW WEBSITE!! – Yay!  Much better!

This past week, I’ve never linked to the R Lazy S Ranch website because I knew they were in the process of updating their site.  Well, it is ready!   Here is the link.

Now you can look on the site and see PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS instead of mine!  ;)

And, check out all the particulars…

Click image to go to the site.

Click image to go to the site.

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