When we arrived, we pulled onto their property and were greeted by two goats tethered to their fence. As we pulled further down the driveway, two bunnies scurried under the deck of the first building we came to. Then we looked over at the “lodge” and saw a horse roaming the front yard. The girls were hooked and wanted out of the car! We pulled around to the second building, what we assumed was the lodge, and saw the entrance. We didn’t know whether to knock or just go on in, so we opted for knocking. After all, we were realizing this was indeed someone’s home.
|Welcome from the goat!|
|Harley, the Horse|
|Yep... that's a rooster!|
Fortunately, they gathered up the "birds" at night
so we wouldn't hear the rooster at the crack of dawn!
|Bunnies roaming the yard|
The décor in the B&B was a story in itself. It seemed that our hosts were avid hunters and had hunted all over the world. And their “trophies” were everywhere… everywhere! Hanging from the walls, hanging from the ceiling, laying on the floor, draped across the furniture, upholstered to the stools… everywhere! There were deer, elk, buffalo, warthogs, crocodiles, fish, a baboon, mountain goat, mountain lion, cheetah, and animals that I had never seen before… there was even a zebra and a giraffe (the girls were NOT happy about that!).
This is just one corner of the room.
The entire room was filled wall-to-wall with "trophies."
|Sad to say, yes, that is a giraffe. The girls almost cried.|
|A full size dead bison! Looks like he's wearing a wig!|
It was more sad to see all of these because we had just
visited the zoo and wild animal safari in San Diego. :-(
After unloading our stuff and checking out the horseshoe pit, our hosts started the bonfire and brought out the fixins’ for smores. They had one other family staying that night, so we all sat around the bonfire, roasted marshmallows, and chatted (heard some “hunting” stories too) before turning in for the night.
|Checking out the horseshoe pit|
|Smores and stargazing at the bonfire|
The next morning, we were treated to a fabulous, home-cooked breakfast. No continental breakfast this morning! Our host had homemade Belgium waffles with homemade maple cream syrup, fresh fruit, homemade banana bread, homemade cinnamon bread, and lots of other things to choose from. So we pigged out before our horseback ride. Scott wimped out on us for the horseback riding, so it was just the girls on this one. We saddled up and headed out for a 2.5 hour mountain trail ride. The ride took us out to the back country overlooking the Camas Prairie, the Gospel Hump Wilderness area and the Salmon River Valley. We traced the steps of Chief White Bird and Chief Joseph while overlooking the Nez Perce grounds where the US Cavalry fought the Nez Perce Indians in the war of 1877. We were also able to overlook Hells Canyon and see mountain peaks way off in the distance that were actually in Oregon. The views were amazing, and the horseback riding was a blast!
|Getting ready for our trail ride.|
|Emilee and her horse, Blue|
|Ashlee and her horse, Oreo|
This is my horse, Concho. Do you see the grass
hanging from his mouth? This is what he did for the entire 2.5 hour ride.
He just walked along and grabbed at the grass as he passed by it.
|Listening to the story of the Nez Perce War.|
These are the dogs that went along on the trail with us.
If you look closely, you can see that they found a carcass from
something that was very big at one time. Yuck!
|Overlooking the Nez Perce War battleground|
|Back at the lodge|
|Hells Canyon National Park|
|Saw this sign driving down into Hells Canyon. We stayed away from the edge!|
|Just saw a sign warning of rattlesnakes|
|Snake River in Hells Canyon|
|ICK! Glad we didn't walk that trail!|
|Nez Perce War Battleground|
|Carrots for the horses|
|Morocco, exhausted after our trail ride|
|Listening to some tunes while being stalked by dead animals!|
|Dexter is pooped too!|
|Reading to Morocco|
|Dexter & Morocco getting some lovin'|
|Ashlee wanted to take him home with her.|