Mindy and I made our trip to Southern Idaho last week, and boy have we had a good time!
Now the problem is getting all of that fun is how to relay it to my blog! (0:
We left my house on Friday morning and drove Highway 95 the entire way.
This route took us through Lewiston where our parents just happened to be grocery shopping...
So we met up with them in the park next to the Flying J.
We got fuel, food, used the rest room, checked the horses that Mindy was hauling, visited with the parents, and then hit the dusty trail!
We got to wish them a happy 40th wedding anniversary too!
We tried to plan a party for them, but dad said we'd better not or we'd be in hot water...
We hosted surprise party for their 25th and it took mom years to forgive us. She hates surprises...but that's another story! (0:
We made really good time, from the time we left my house and the time we arrived we were "on the road" for 7 hours...
This of course includes our little family visit, fueling up, and stopping to eat lunch.
It was also a route that we don't really travel all that much so there was a lot to look at!
We found Mike's employers ranch easily and dropped off Mindy's horses while meeting up with Erin, Mikes girlfriend. We also saw Mike, but he was working. They were processing 800 head of steers. Those steers were there a week early, and were going to be followed by another 400 Saturday morning, that were to be processed on Sunday. So this did indeed cut into our planned riding time. We had originally planned to ride Friday evening, twice on Saturday, stopping for lunch and the Belmont, and then another two ride day on Sunday stopping for lunch, and with us leaving on Monday morning.
Real life on this great planet, nothing really ever goes as planned!
Our revised schedule ended up being loads of horse talk and only riding on Saturday and us leaving on Sunday morning.
We parked the horse trailer in Mike and Erin's drive way and set up camp.
As Mindy put it, we're gonna Hillbilly Up your Neighborhood.
To which Erin replied, you'll fit right in!
And oddly enough we did!
Mike and Erin had Fiona and Pima in their back yard...how perfect is that??
Pima is a paint that ain't and he's had her for a while, I can remember her from when he lived near me, BEFORE I met Chad... So over 11 years. Her sire is by Pima Country, I think, but it could be her dam is by him... I cannot remember anything else about her breeding. (0:
So when Erin said we'd fit right into the neighborhood and no one would think it odd she was right.
AND on the first day we were there, we saw the neighbors being served a warrant by the Sheriffs Dept.
Erin said it happens from time to time there, and that last month, their 13 year old daughter was taken away in hand cuffs and hasn't been back since.
Odd part, is that the mom is a nurse, and the dad is a professional too, no one could remember what he did. They have a nice house, a large motor home, two new cars, and a 4 year old at home... But it's a chaotic place with plenty of police activity.
The next morning ( it was about 11:30, so you could say early afternoon. We were on our way "home" for lunch) one of their neighbors was pulled over by the Sheriff's Department, both of the passengers were arrested and their car was hauled off...
They said that more than likely it was a DUI for the driver, and that it's not uncommon for them to be good and drunk by 9:00 am on any given day...
Oh, small town life at it's finest...
But you know what, our presence really didn't even garner a sideways look...
Matter of fact, everyone smiled and waved as they drove past! (0:
We did however pack a lot into our time there and we had a pretty good time to boot!!