Aunt Ami and Tyra near the barn and stables
Katie and friend Sophia from California on the picnic grounds
I couldn't take enough photos of the aspens.
Katie said that Daddy was at the ranch with us. He was riding a horse named Special.
For the many of you who have asked, Rainbow Trout Ranch is in the Rio Grande Forest in southern central Colorado, about four hours north of Albuquerque, N.M. Durango is west. Colorado Springs is northeast. The nearest small towns are Antonito, Pagosa Springs and Chama.
The food at the ranch was incredible. We gathered in the lodge for most every meal of the day -- a few were served by the pool or on the picnic grounds by the river.
We sat at large tables, allowing us to mingle with other guests and staff members, and were served family style. Every meal was different, and dessert was included with every lunch and dinner.
Some mornings we'd see giant bowls of rising dough at the hearth of the actively burning fireplace. That was a sure sign of fresh-baked bread on the menu for dinner.
I was thankful for all the walking required up and down the mountain to reach the stables for rides. Otherwise I would have gained many, many pounds. (Well, I probably did gain a couple.)