Posts Tagged ‘horseback riding’

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

One of our highlights of the year is when the LA Center for the Blind come to horseback ride & rock climb in the fall. Thanks Morgan for putting together this video of their experience.

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

The 2011 season is over for the most part (there is still one more chance to book a ranch vacation this year – the week of Thanksgiving!) and we decided a staff trail ride on the Buffalo National River  would be fun.

All loaded up and ready to go.

When I said we "all" thought it would be fun, well Morgan (climbing guide) might not have thought it would be fun. But he was a good sport and came. Cody Johnson, also might not have thought it would be fun but trail riding meant missing school.

The plan was for everyone to go to the other side of the river and take a group photo. If you notice the wet pant legs on Cody and Barry... the rest decided not to follow.

Just imagine 6 other riders on that rock bank and how cool it would have looked. 🙂

Time to come back. The water wasn't too bad but the weather was not exactly swimming temps.

Oops, found an even deeper spot.

The Peanut Gallery.

Barry's turn to make his way back across.

Getting ready to get his legs wet, again.

We stopped at a place that is called The Suck Hole to eat snacks, and for some of us, dry off. This location got it's name because there is place under the bluff where the water is "sucked" under the rock and comes out further down the river on the other side.

Morgan climbing. He almost was the third person to get wet in the river when he couldn't find any holds to climb back up. Fortunately he finally found his way.

Missing two family members. Creed is a little two young for this length of a ride and Cameron is a responsible child and didn't want to miss school due to homework load.

Jason getting some R & R before we finish out last two miles.

Thank you to our 2011 staff for such a great year!

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

2010 was a great year here at Horseshoe Canyon Guest ranch.  Here is a little recap on what went on with our family in the year 2010…


Creed is in love with Dodge Vipers.  One of his requests on his Christmas list was a Doge Viper tire.  Maybe he realizes getting the entire car is not going to happen, so asking for parts of the car is better.  Creed loves being outside and dirt/mud.  School can be a trial at times because you are required to sit still and concentrate on things that don’t interest you. J  We asked him what sport he wanted to do when he reached Jr. High and he said NASCAR.  Creed keeps us laughing.


Sierra is now in the 4th grade and reminds us a lot of Cameron when it comes to school work and sports – competitive.  She has found a love for basketball, which makes her Grandpa Johnson excited and hopeful for another basketball player in the family.  She also loves her horses and rides whenever there is a spare.  She also loves her dog Marlin, you will find him on her bed almost every night snuggled up next to her. I think the feeling is mutual.

CODY (13)

Over the summer Cody discovered a love for rock climbing. I think he eats, dreams and thinks about rock climbing more than anything else.  He was a big help this summer working along side of Jason in guiding guests.  He is a great host.  He has competed in a couple of bouldering competitions as well.  Cody hopes to participate in more of those as time goes on. Cody loves the outdoors.  If we would let him he would live on the ranch in his hammock.   He also runs x-country (a bit forced) and plays basketball (forced as well at first), he has been a great team member even though neither sport were his idea.  He entered the world of Jr. High this year and I think he likes it.


This year Cameron turned 16, what? I don’t’ see how this is possible and plan on investigating the situation because Barry and I are not old enough to have a 16 year old right?  Cameron has been running like crazy.  He attended the BYU x-country camp again for the 4th year in a row. Cameron did very well in both the state track meet (5th in the mile) and the state x-country meet (7th).    He also enjoys his academics and is awaiting his score from his first go at the ACT. Cameron, like Cody, was a big help around the ranch this year. He helped in the horse department taking out trail rides.  Occasionally you will also find him running the gift shop.


2010 – what did I do in 2010?  It flew by so fast, I do know that.  I headed out to Utah and ran the Wasatch Back of the Ragnar series, we were team Huffin & Puffin.  That was an interesting race – 12 runners, 188 miles and 24hrs +. Will I do it again?  Not so sure.  Barry gave me a new bow for my birthday, which I love and hate all at the same time (when the arrows don’t go where I tell them).  I was able to get a doe with it in October.  I am still serving in the Primary at church with some wonderful people.  The children are great and remind me of where I should be going in my life.


Barry stays busy managing and running the ranch.  It is not an unusual sight to see him guiding a trail ride one day and fixing a water heater the next.  I get tired watching him keep up with everything he does.  He is still serving as the Young Men’s President at church.  Barry and his father headed out to Dubious, WY this year and went bow hunting for elk.  They camped, hiked, hiked some more, camped and hiked and hiked.  Barry was able to harvest a young bull. They loved it so much they hope to make it back next year.


We had another good season at the ranch with a few changes here and there. One of the biggest changes is that Martha and Jerry, Barry’s parents, retired from the Ranch office and handling the reservations and we now have Jaime Chalmers doing that.  Jaime lives right up the road and she used to wrangle for us way back when.

So that was our 2010 in a nutshell.  We are looking forward to 2011 and what it might bring!