August 10, 2012 Stehekin Valley Ranch
Morning breakfast! Hotcakes with blueberries, eggs and omelets, french toast, biscuits and gravy, oatmeal, coffee off the hearth fire, LOVE IT!
I had egg, bacon, blueberry pancake, coffee, hashbrowns with a little gravy.
Stehekin Valley Ranch offers horseback riding into the mountains using sturdy, steady, and reliable Fjord horses. You have your choice of a longer, fourteen mile ride starting in the morning after breakfast. Pack up a lunch off the “adventure buffet” to take with you! Or you can have an afternoon ride up to Coon Lake, back in time for dinner!
Today, a day of relaxation for us until Alanna goes for her horseback ride at 2:30. I built in a day of downtime for myself. . . .r&r, vegging, also for Paula, may take a walk, but nothing for sure except feet up! Ahhh. . .i’m just going to sit today, listen to the leaves rustle, and the river flow. . . .The sun is up, bathing the meadow with light. A cool morning breeze to head off the heat of the day.
I hear a plane overhead, there are tours on the seaplanes to take you over the high ridges, as well as in and out of Stehekin, on our list for a future trip? Mmmmm, whatever they are cooking, mmmmm, it is drifting over our way! Lunch in an hour! Just a hair-in-a-ponytail, no makeup, relaxing kind of day!
Lunch! Hamburgers all around, fresh apple, lemonade.
I walked over to the stables with Alanna. She was assigned her friendly horse, and she spent a few minutes getting acquainted before getting some safety tips and mounting up. I waved her off on her adventure!
Back at The Ranch, Paula and I hang out, reading and napping. I dozed, listening to the buzz of flies and bees, usual summer companions!
The cowbell rings for dinner at 5:30 sharp! Barbeque chicken, cornbread slathered in butter, black beans, red potatoes with gravy, salad with coleslaw and all the fixings. Paula got in and out of the pie line with impeccable timing! Alanna and I are still waiting, then decided to jump in! Alana had half carrot cake and half strawberry rhubarb. I had chocolate raspberry double layer cake. Paula had chocolate cake!
Today is Friday night and the place is packed for dinner. I think many come from town, since the accommodations here are limited. It looks like everybody who got off the boat made it up here to The Ranch! Our host Cliff is always on hand to mingle and inform regarding the ins and outs of getting around and what’s happening between The Ranch and Stehekin Village. Laid back, with his cowboy rancher persona, he welcomes guests and helps to get them settled.
The family-style Friday night dinner wraps up! I am a stuffed animal! (and maybe a potato also!) A walk down to the river encourages my meal to settle . . .
9:00 p.m. Still some light, no mosquitos or Alanna’s repellent is working mightily. . . .it is such a beautiful evening, I can hear the Stehekin River. . . .we’ll continue the fun and adventure tomorrow!