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Happy Trails to You

By Aug 6th 2010 No Comments »

The past two weeks we’ve been stationed in Estes Park, Colorado, staying at the H-Bar-G Ranch which is owned today by my aunt, and her mother and sister.  The ranch has a storied past. It was once a dude ranch, a girls horse-back riding camp, a hostel, and today, just a great place for family and friends to hang out.

It is a special piece of land tucked away in the green valleys of Estes Park with spectacular views of Rocky Mountain National Park.  It serves as a great launching pad for beautiful hikes into the park, or just a great place to sit back and relax on the porch, kick up your feet, and keep an eye on the mountains – making sure they don’t go anywhere.

The reason we’ve been stopped here for two weeks is because my family has a family gathering just about every two years and the ranch always seems to be a perfect spot for this reunion.  And so, from the far East and from the far West, we gather at the foothills of the Rockies.  The past two weeks have been a real treat for me, and I think it’s safe to say Karianne has enjoyed it thoroughly as well.  We’ve had the opportunity to hike many times into the park, all proving to be spectacular in their own ways. We went for a trail ride from the Sombrero Stables, which lazily trots along the mountains outside the park.  A few hours spent at Lily Lake and we were able to do some fly fishing with my father, who’s technique always outshines Brad Pitt’s in ‘A River Runs Through It.  And we even were able to catch my cousin Dalton’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor, which is an incredible honor, and something I’m so grateful for having witnessed.

But as the family slowly departs the ranch, heading back East or West, we find it’s time to hit the road as well: onward and upward as we say on the trail.  And as I sit here writing this from the Lodge, there are nothing but blue skies that outline the Rocky Mountains.  Long’s Peak looks the same as it did the last time I was here, and will surely be here the next Herrin Happening.  And even though I hate to leave I know it’s time – so to all the family and friends who gathered these past two weeks: happy trails to you, until we meet again…

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