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March 31, 2009

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My new “Happy Place”

Filed under: Hobbies and Obsessions,Travel — Cat @ 9:49 am

Coming in for Dinner

I have found my new “Happy Place”.

And shockingly enough, it didn’t have yarn.

Well, except for the yarn that I brought with me, but that doesn’t count.

For my Spring Break last week, I went to the Sundance Trail Guest Ranch and had an absolutely marvelous time!!

I left work Wednesday at noon and headed up north west of Fort Collins. It was a beautiful drive and the roads were quite clear.

I got there just about feeding time, and was allowed to stand on some rocks in the feeding corral to take pictures.

It was really cool to see the horses come running in for dinner…

Dinner # 2

It started to snow during that evening, just flurries really. But when I woke up the next morning, I saw this:
First morning

It was snowing for most of the day, but we went riding anyway. Riding in the snow storm was wonderful – really very peaceful. Not too cold, either, because horses put out a lot of heat.

My room was lovely (and had a fireplace!!) and the food was excellent and excessive in quantity.

I really like that the wranglers take time to “match” a horse to your abilities and experience. My horse was named “Gauge” (which I thought appropriate for a knitter).

Gauge, my mighty steed

He was a very nice quarter horse and was fun to ride.

My wrangler’s name was Bryce and his horse was named Annie B:

Annie B

She was beautiful and moved very well (quarter horse, fjord horse mixture). I think that there were the beginnings of dressage training in her background somewhere, because she had a beautiful lope and would change leads…

All told, I rode three very nice rides. One on Thursday morning (in the snowstorm) and then twice on Friday. Friday’s second ride was quite strenuous – if we had been skiing, there would have been black diamonds everywhere!!! At one point, I think we went straight up a cliff!!! Very fun. Though I began to wonder if Gauge was part mountain goat…

The red cowboy boots did wonders on the rides – I had no idea that they would make such a difference in comfort. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I didn’t have achy knees and hips after a ride. The only problem was that my feet were cold – the boots fit, but there wasn’t room for hand knit wool socks inside.

I’m going to have to find some sort of thin but very warm sock to wear with them, because I’m definately going back soon.

Oh, and for the record: Cowboy boots are rubbish for walking (and even standing) in the snow.

Knitting wise, it was not a very productive trip. I had plenty of projects with me, but I was more interested in the book that I was reading (The Six Wives of Henry the Eighth by Alison Weir) and pretty much focused on that. I did do two “squares” of the Taos stole while I was up there and then three more at home (as well as joining strip # 3 to strip # 2). Only 11 more squares to go (and the I-Cord edging). So I guess the project is coming along…

Oh, and I stopped at a yarn store on the way up to the ranch…..

Waiting for Breakfast

pitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patter

6 Comments »

  1. Great pictures from your adventure. I am glad you had a good time.

    Comment by DonnaW — March 31, 2009 @ 10:43 am
  2. What a fabulous vacation! Love that you got a horse named Gauge, if that was in a book I’d think it was a bit too much to believe. It looks like such a complete escape from regular life.

    Comment by gale (she shoots sheep shots) — March 31, 2009 @ 9:48 pm
  3. Oh what a fun trip!

    Comment by kari s. — April 1, 2009 @ 8:03 am
  4. Your photographs are beautiful, What a fun place. You might try silk liner socks under your boot socks. They don’t fill up the boot, but are an extra layer. I think your feet would still be cold, but it might help a bit.

    Comment by Mom — April 1, 2009 @ 8:32 am
  5. Awesome pictures! Sounds like a really fun place to go. Glad you enjoyed your break :)

    Comment by Terrie — April 1, 2009 @ 5:10 pm
  6. Wow…..beautiful pictures of the horses. I bet you will keep that in your memory book for a long, long time. So glad you had a great time…….

    Comment by cheryl — April 2, 2009 @ 10:19 am

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