Trail ride in the park

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Horses are saddled up

The next morning we went back to the YMCA camp for a trail ride.  This is not a trail for beginners!  Eveyone over 6 needs their own horse and the trail is steep and rocky.  We didn't know what to except.  My aunt, who had never ridden a horse, was scared to death.  It is a little scary trusting a horse to carry you over rocks in the trail and around washouts.  You look off to the side and you see a steep drop off and hope your horse doesn't trip. 

But the scenery was great.  We rode through the forest and up into a clearing with the mountains shining through.  We took a big loop which made the ride more interesting.  The trail was very rocky and the horses had no problem climbing the rocks.  I would have felt more comfortable climbing them myself, but you couldn't just jump off the horse when you wanted.  Instead you had to try to not fall off while the horse bounced you around.  But it was more fun than a ride back home where the trails are mostly flat or on a hill (not a mountain).  Definitely worth doing if you are in the area.

Again, that night we saw the elk in the watering hole.  They all run in, drink, splash around a little bit, and then graze nearby.  Its neat to see, but if you live there and saw if every day, I'm sure it gets old.  Especially with all the tourists that stop to take pictures!

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Horses are saddled up
Horses are saddled up
Getting everyone ready to ride
Getting everyone ready to ride
Me and my dad on our horses
Me and my dad on our horses
My horse
My horse
Helmets are available
Helmets are available
Watch your footing!
Watch your footing!
Steep trail
Steep trail
Into the park we go
Into the park we go
Horses acting up
Horses acting up
One of the flatter sections
One of the flatter sections
What a great view
What a great view
Hows that saying go?  If youre n…
How's that saying go? If you're …
Swimming anyone?
Swimming anyone?
Elk on waters edge
Elk on water's edge
Elk in the towns water water supp…
Elk in the town's water water sup…
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