Leaving The Mountain…

 

A beautiful rainbow a couple days before I left

A beautiful rainbow a couple days before I left

I very recently left the beautiful mountains of Colorado where I spent my summer with the Getz family at their home, ranch and business – Lost Trail Ranch.  I can not think of a better way to spend a summer. For me,  it was incredible. I enjoyed it all  and miss it big!  I learned much more than I imagined I would and had a blast doing so.  I came being interested and intrigued  by horses, and left more interested and intrigued but also fascinated and in love with them.  In addition I really enjoyed the challenge and the satisfaction of actually learning something new each time I was around them. But, boy, do I have a lot to learn!  I believe you can never learn it all and there is always more to learn and experience. I am sure I could talk a lot about just that, but I will spare you! I have been really busy since I got back getting in gear for my next adventure which is one I am not as thrilled about but I will talk about that soon. I just wanted  to share a  few thoughts that I had leading up to and on my last day in the high country.

It is never fun to leave the mountains and I have always dreaded it.  Actually, I will admit that in the past when it was time to leave I would always hope that it would pour down rain the day we had to leave so it was not as hard to leave… since we would not be missing out as much on a good hike or something outside.  Even that selfish wish coming true does not help because the truth is I love it when it rains too!  Well, things have changed a little bit, well a tiny bit.  It is still hard to leave and never gets easier, but I don’t hope the last day rains and  I don’t hope the last day shines… I hope my truck breaks down and I am stuck! 🙂 Ok but seriously, after spending a longer period of time up in the high country what I want for my last day is not selfish. If it rains, that would be great because we need rain! But no matter where you look, rain or shine  one can see the beauty that is all around. It is up to me to enjoy it while I can and be thankful for every minute I do have up there. I got a small glimpse of what it would be like to live there all year although the “good times” or the summer season is nothing compared to the harsh winters which I can only imagine. I say that because being on “vacation” for a week or two is short and if it rains the whole time it puts a damper on our normal outdoor activities and the views on our hikes, but spending a season out there I am more interested in and excited about what the land needs., like rain in the dry season! 

This year what I wanted for my last day was of course one more day but… rain or shine, wind or still, hot or cold it did not matter because I was thankful no matter what because I had learned not to let the weather determine the kind of day I would have.  I know that I will always want one more day up here. It goes fast no matter how many days I spend somwhere I love and it always comes to an end, the dreaded last day comes.  I could have done anything on my last day and been happy.  Hanging out with the horses (especially the babies), going on a ride, visiting with friends, going hiking, bike riding or any combination of the above.  But the feeling of not wanting to leave is one I am  used to in the mountains but not used to in general… When I think of leaving school I am always ready to leave so my last day is spent, well, packing!  This time was different, I was not ready. 

Anyways, my truck started!

I write this post from home where I will be for a couple days before I head up to tackle my last year of school. Can I get a hallelujah!? As I sit here, it  is weird because  I did not miss town, traffic, shopping or the busyness of it all like many would.  This grande vanilla non-fat extra-hot latte tastes amazing but I survived without those even! Of course and more importantly I missed my family and it is always wonderful to see them as much as I can. 

I miss being able to step off the front porch to be greeted by baby horses, being followed around by a chicken, a cat, and sometimes a dog, visiting with guests and spending time with the family! I am sad I had to leave, but most of all very thankful that it happened and I had the opportunity to experience such an adventure!

Thank you Lost Trail Family!

Welcome “Little E”

While I was away for a wedding in Kansas a colt was born!  What a little joy (and a spunky one too) to come “home” to. He is full of energy for such a tiny little guy.  I believe I hear right – that he is the smallest colt born here at the ranch so far!  He keeps momma busy all day by by being so spunky, independant and high energy.  Right now he is just about a week old!  He also nurses constantly. This is Memphis’ first foal and she is such a great mommy! I met him on tuesday evening when I got back and officially met him on Wednesday morning when he came over to me and put his little nose right on my cheek.  “Little E” is short for Elvis…. who came out of Memphis (mommas name!)

Welcome Little one!Memphis and Little E

Little Big Boy!

wonderful week 7! (more pics)

It is amazing here.

I love it.

I don’t want to leave!

 Thats it.

3 rides and you’re a pro?

No.

The answer is definitely No. (at least for me, but I don’t think I’m alone)

Well,  I have now been on 3 rides here to date. I am not counting the few times I rode when i was a little girl. So, I am a beginner (you probably gathered that already), but I think it is good because I am a clean slate that can be written, scribbled and doodled on, and even erased a few times and it is all new.  So here are just a few things I have learned and am still continuing to understand/learn from my few rides thus far:

  • Riding “back in the day” does not count. You cannot come in and say “Ya, I rode several years ago at some place they did rides, so I know what I am doing”.   To be a rider, you have to ride, and not just a few times.
  • Riding is an event that requires constant participation. You have to be engaged and involved every step of the way. This is different from the rides I have heard called, “nose to butt” (excuse me) becuase you are actually controlling the horse, in which you are ideally the boss. What I mean by “nose to butt” is, you cannot make the horse do anything, all it knows is to follow a specific path and stick right behind the horse in front of them. I went on one of these rides as a little girl up here. While there are good things about that for people, it requires very little participation besides getting off and on. So, it can not be even added up to be an experienced rider. 
  • Every time I have got on a horse I again realize how much more there is to learn.  Once you have ridden a horse several times and think you understand that horse, there are still many many other situations and many many other horses out there, so the worst thing to do is become complacent and dull on the horse.  You will be in for a surprise.
  • Horses have personality and we should respect that, but you also have to be the boss and they need to trust that you are going to take care of them out there.
  • I have learned horses like a job to do, they like to work.  How many times do we hear of people not liking their employer? I want the horse I ride and work with to also enjoy the time it spends with me and get excited to go to work with me.   I also have learned that I need to be a better leader and not let them pick what they would rather do… like in Gizmo’s case – eat grass during a trail ride. It was easy at first to let the 1,500 pound animal have his way, but I am learning!

Gin took this picture of me on Gizmo when we were out on a ride!

Part 1: … Enjoy the Realness

This is the first of my posts having to do with the question: Wait. Then, what do you do?

 Like I mentioned in my introduction, this question almost always comes up once people find that we love to spend time somewhere where there is no TV/Radio/phone etc.  Technology is very limited here – no crackberries (my blackberry is useless here). So, when you are out here, you are away from it all – almost shut off from what you have known and the habits you have formed – at least around technology.  You go from having the luxury of picking up your phone to make a quick call or like many now, sending a text…to not even being able to get any sort of signal. I saw a guest arrive recently that was holding up their cell phone as high as they could trying to find a signal – you  know what I mean, we have all seen it. They were zig-zagging around, phone held high hoping to get something. 

I think people almost worry about me in my time of seperation from “the real world”, not being able to stay up to date with the latest news or TV shows or “reality TV” .  I guess,  in all reality it is concerning to me that people worry about me missing the latest drama when I feel that I am somewhere so beautiful and enjoyable that  watching TV is the last thing I would consider even if it was right in front of me.  

I wake up every morning, look out my window and see the same view and never tire of it. I step out onto the porch and enjoy the fresh mountair air. It is always fresh and new every day. It is like I have the worlds largest plasma screen in every direction I look, and a sound system you can’t beat… because it is real. All of it… tangible and alive. For example as I type this, there are baby horses playing right off the porch, and just this morning I saw 2 moose across the river pop out of the tree line.

Without TV here or even anywere for that matter, we are able to live our own real lives, rather than live through the lives of our favorite actors or actresses. All the sudden the action is right in front of us and we are the stars in our own movie… but it is all real.  We control the channels here by what we choose to do each day.  There are no plasma screens that can show me the beauty that is right outside our front door.  I like being able to touch and smell what I see. There are a lot of beautful places shown on TV, most of which I wont see in this lifetime, but somehow being able to be there, explore and experience it in living color makes the difference.  I think this is true even for those who have the luxury of technology. There is so much out there that we can enjoy through the channels of our life – what we are already surrounded with. The key is to enjoy it and give it a chance to make your day.

Well, here is an example of even when it is raining I am entertained by what is outside my window. Sorry, I don’t have the skills or software to edit, so there is some at the end I could not cut out like I wish… or course it is me laughing again and moving the camera around. But anyways, here it is Tag, You’re it. Baby wants everyone to play in the rain:

Already been 3 weeks!? (a few pictures)

Another amazing week!

(and maybe for the only time ever… just some pictures I picked from the past week, no paragraphs)

A bliss-FULL morning

All the animals are fed and happy, the horses, chickens, doves and cats…. and now for my breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes. I love eating up here – no matter how full I get, I still manage to be hungry a couple hours later.

chocolate chip pancakes
My breakfast this morning: Chocolate-Chip Pancakes

The last few mornings after I eat breakfast, I head out to the pasture to visit the horses and brush them. Currently there are just a few horses because the rest are on the trail.  In the main pasture are 2 yearlins,  a 2 year old and a lovely pregnant mare – due in just a month. I call them the kids.  At about 9am I find this:

Here are the "kids" after a filling breakfast!
Here are the “kids” after a filling breakfast!

 Then I give them all a good brushing – while they are laying down. It is funny because they will fall asleep and snore while I am brushing them.  I can stand over them, squat by them whatever – they are chill and happy. I will have to post a picture of all the extra hair that came off Frank on the right a couple days ago. He was so shaggy from his winter coat shedding off. This is what I leave:

The "kids" after some love and brushing
The “kids” after some love and brushing

I learned that horses don’t lay down unless they are comfortable…. this is an example of some comfortable, happy, full horses! Definitely a blissful morning and for them emphasis on the bliss and being FULL!

Mommy, wait for me!

I recorded this yesterday. Baby (6 days old) had been sound asleep and mom kind of wanded a ways during his nap… grazing along. Baby woke up to mom not close enough. This is the farthest I’d seen them from eachother, so I thought it could be good to see babies reaction… here it is! I appoligize for the shakey filming… I was laughing too hard to keep it still.

 

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