Trail ride in the park
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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!