It is interesting for me to see that I have a 'ghost' writer. After all, most folks who merit one are famous, and I am decidedly not so. So, to 'Sherrie C.', thank you for making me feel important but if I need to write a review, I can do it myself. 'Nuff said...
That done, I myself was on the packtrip personally reviewed by Atlanta June. I'll start by saying I have 20+ years experience in the dude ranch industry and have enjoyed every minute of it. I also enjoyed my packtrip with Bob Barlow and the world's best campjack, Jose. But let's start at the beginning...
My group arrived on time for what we thought was a morning departure. But things happen: staff leave unexpectedly or oversleep and the one left behind has to do the work of three. I was pleased to pitch in and help with whatever ( because that's what I do 9 months of the year ) and was given more than one pat on the back for my meager efforts. So we got a late start. The ride in to camp was fabulous and I marvelled at the gorgeous scenery. The horses, tho' larger in all quadrants than many are accustomed to ( we were a fairly petite group save our one tall and lean gal), were more than equal to the task of hauling us up steep, long climbs and down again. I thought in general, they were better behaved ( all horses eat when/if they can get away with it; it's just part of life ) than many of the horses in my dude string in Arizona. I was lucky in that I had a really great horse.
Ride to camp was great and lunch going in was yummy. There was a bit of Mormon-related conversation, but for those who live in primarily Mormon communities in WY, emotions can run high.
The camp with three tents, stream for fishing and bathing, cook tent, and camp pottie ( nicest and least odiferous in my experience ) was just right. My roomie and I had a mouse in our tent the first night but that was OUR bad: we loved the cool, fresh air so much we didn't zip the dang door. We laughed about it the next day and zipped it up that night. Hence, no little 'moose' in our hair or bed. Jose, our camp jack, chef, fish guide, trail guide...what more can you say? He was awesome. He catered to our every wish for food or activity, in as much as one fellow could. It would have been great if Bob could have been up in camp the second day. But short-staffed he was and we know what that's like. I think we all agreed that we would have liked for him to be more present.
We had plenty of bottled water, enough food for two weeks and a box of wine. The camp conversation was lively, funny and fascinating. Jose entertained us with stories of his family and the surrounding mountains. We saw a bear ( from WAAAAY far away ) moose and a lone wolf track, cranes, birds of color and song. We fished, swam, hiked, read, laughed, rode, napped...all the things one should do in beautiful wilderness.
As for the trail ride that 'wasn't', I don't think I was one who wanted to go, so I can't comment. As for lunch on the ride out, again I can't comment. I was still full from breakfast. I'm sorry to hear one of us became light-headed but Atlanta June's review was the first I heard about it. I do know that Jose gave us all the water we could carry with us on the pretty warm ride out.
All in all, it was a great trip. I hope my gal friends ( new and known ) will want to do another soon!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.