I’m posting this late today because we just got back from our vacation at Rainbow Trout Ranch. As such, my cup runneth over with things to be thankful for. I will write in much more detail about our week in a day or two, but suffice it to say it was a struggle to keep the list to ten this week. It’s difficult to imagine a lovelier place to spend a week.
In honor of all the riding and immersion in Western culture, I’ve replaced the usual “Quotes on Gratitude” with a few nuggets of “Cowboy Wisdom,” all of which are posted on a “Code of the West” poster that hangs in the Men’s room at the Ranch. (I have a 4 year-old boy, which is how I know this). It was impossible to limit the quotes to three since so many were so funny. So here goes:
“Don’t squat with your spurs on.”
“Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.“
“The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket.”
“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”
“Making it in life is kind of like busting broncos. You’re going to get thrown a lot. The simple secret is to keep getting back on.”
“Don’t worry about biting off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger than you think.”
“Never miss a good chance to shut up.”
“Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.”
And last, but certainly not least…
“Always drink upstream from the herd.”
Gratitude List for the week ending August 8
- The most exhilarating ride I’ve ever taken — to Wrangler’s Point, with an overview of Conejos Valley. Trotting and loping for so long that you get lost in the rhythm of the horse
- Rainbow – a (fast) horse with one blue eye and one brown eye who had a penchant for biting other horses’ asses (I can relate) and who liked to have her jaw scratched.
- Putting together an entire 1500 piece puzzle, which I haven’t done in years. (The missing pieces in the photos were ones that were lost.)
- Sunrise hike to the top of Charity.
- The bowls of bread dough set to rise in front of the lodge fire in the mornings.
- Watching Em square dance like a pro
- The “Hey Howdy Hey” song that Doug teaches all the kids.
- Seeing old friends and making new ones.
- Mudflap, Tailpipe and Hubcap – the Three Muskedogs that kept us from missing Rocky too much. (P.S. these dogs NEVER slept. They always went out on the rides. It was some kind of miracle that I caught two of them with their eyes closed).
- Reading one of my children’s books to everyone on the sing-along/talent night. I got so many compliments and such an abundance of encouragement that it made up for how afraid I was to read it. It gave me the motivation and excitement to keep going!
What are you grateful for this week?Gratitude Sunday, Travel · Tags: Gratitude Sunday, Horseback Riding, Rainbow Trout Ranch, Travel