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Wild West Horseback Adventure

Posted on: August 24th, 2014 by DryRidge No Comments

 

Deb & Kev Yellowstone 2014-8

One of the best things about living where we do is we can ride cross country from our house to Yellowstone Park.

 

After a fun and full season of horseback riding in Grand Teton Park and Yellowstone Park, Kevin and I are off on our own R & R cross country ride all our own, setting out with two saddle horses and two pack horses

 

Deb & Kev Yellowstone 2014-3

into some of the wildest country

between our home and the east side of

Yellowstone Lake.

Today we start out across a neighboring barley field to Swanner Creek, then on to Pole Canyon and the Poacher’s Trail. From there we’ll ride into thick and steep Bear Canyon to the Bitch Creek narrows (some of you who have ridden with us in the past will recognize this country), finally camping for the night below Nord Pass. Rain clouds might catch up with us today but the weather forecast predicts sunshine ahead! Our route will take us into Owl Canyon to Glade Creek and Flagg Ranch. From there we’ll enter Yellowstone Park and have four days of peaceful riding to the east side of Yellowstone Lake.

Keep a look out for tales and photographs of our adventure in about 9 days.

Until then,

 

Happy Trails!

 

 

 

Deb & Kev Yellowstone 2014-6

 

 

 

Moose Creek Ranch

The main 2014 season of horseback riding in Idaho and Wyoming with Dry Ridge Outfitters is over. We had a great summer traveling throughout the Grand Teton range and in Yellowstone Park with old and new friends. We are still accepting reservations for 1 – 4 hour rides at Moose Creek Ranch through mid to late September. So don’t miss the chance to ride with us during the yellow end of summer, and through red grasses and under the golden umbrellas of  fall aspen trees before winter sets in in all its flurry and fury!

 

June Showers

Posted on: June 18th, 2014 by DryRidge No Comments
A sticky geranium wildflower coated in snow after a morning snow shower in mid-June, Teton Valley, Idaho

Sticky Geranium

 

It’s rare for a summer to go by without at least one dusting of snow on the wildflowers. All across the valley vegetable gardens, carefully planted and attended, some even sang to (it’s true), are covered in sheets and old blankets, waiting for the clouds to lift, and sunshine. It’ll arrive; it always does, thankfully. Still, winter jackets are never tucked too far back in the closet. The coat rack at our house is heaped with jackets of all kinds, vests and rain slickers to match whatever weather the day brings. It’s always a good reminder, these summer blasts of snowfall. So, when you’re packing for a pack trip with us, remember to bring clothes you can layer to keep warm. Click on the link for a list of recommended clothing for when you ride with us on your next horse pack trips in Wyoming and Idaho.

The sun just started to shine. Snow is dripping off the eaves of the house, and the wildflowers are happily dancing in the breeze.

I’ll leave you with a quote from the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“Earth laughs in flowers”

 

(Don’t forget your long johns!)

Happy Trails!

Tack’s Clean and Ready for Riding!

Posted on: June 1st, 2014 by DryRidge No Comments

A lot of work goes into getting ready for the summer riding season. One of the most important tasks is to make sure all the tack: saddles, blankets, bridles, breast collars, and saddle bags are clean and ready for riding. Who knows what kind of surprise we’ll find in one of the saddle bags!

Dry Ridge Outfitters horse tack for riding in the Grand Tetons

The Tack Room at Dry Ridge Outfitters

This is the tack room in the barn. The saddles gathered dust all winter long. Now that summer has nearly arrived, they’re ready for a horse and a rider.

Don’t miss the spectacular beauty as the Tetons wake up from a long white winter. Aspen trees are newly green; the air is filled with the their downy seeds. Although there’s still plenty of snow in the mountains, Larkspur, Arrowleaf Balsamroot, Service Berry, and Chokecherry are beginning to bloom at Moose Creek Ranch. And the small ambitious House Wrens are singing their hearts out.

View from the trails at Moose Creek Ranch

View from the trails at Moose Creek Ranch

We open for riding on June 2. Join us for a springtime horseback ride in Idaho. We offer 1 hour to 1/2 day rides at Moose Creek Ranch. Full day rides are limited to the Decoster Trail and other low elevation trails right now. A couple more weeks of snowmelt and we hope to be riding to Hidden Lake.

Natural History on Horseback

Small Bird With A Big Voice

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photo credit AllAboutBirds

The tiny House Wren fills the aspen woods with it’s bubbly song all summer long in the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. When the House Wren sings it’s as if the whole bird is song. One the most interesting facts about the House Wren is that the male builds several nests at the start of the breeding season, then sings his heart out in hopes of persuading a female to mate with him. The birds build cavity nests in some of the most interesting places, old cans, boots, as wells as tree cavities and nest boxes. The pair fill the cavity with small twigs, then often line the nest with spider egg sacs. When the spiders hatch, they help the nestlings by devouring parasites. Click on the link to find out more about this songful bird.

 

 

 

 

Listen to it’s ebullient song on this video.

 

Happy Trials!