Sunday, July 28, 2013

All Aboard the Struggle Bus!!!

I should be elected the major of Struggle City over here people.

Oh boy this week....

It has been a constant stream of rides, complaints, and claws out. I think that we should just all take a break, a half day maybe. I think when it gets to the point where we are counting down the days until we leave, we need a break.

It has been a rough week. I so need a day off. I have taken about a million big groups, ridden all my favorite horses, took a three hour that turned into just a really slow two hour, patented the matching your horse issue, and became a power couple with my long lost sister Amanda.

Copper bracelets and turquoise ring hunts tomorrow morning, Denver in the afternoon for some hillbilly shopping. I only have four days off left and I don't have any big plans anymore really.

I head back to the hot state in 26 days people. I hope you all miss me there, because it's gonna be hard to leave this place...I think a small part of me will always live in Estes Park.

As the summer is coming to a close I'm starting to realize that reality is closer than it seems and this magical place will soon be nothing more than a distant memory.

Though we all love to hate our jobs, we're addicted. We sit on our butts, listen to our own voice (or the lack there of), and wake up to views only seen in the best postcards. It's an amazing job filled with amazing people and even more amazing memories. Maybe I won't miss my job, but I will miss my wrangler family.

And I do mean family. We may fight and disagree, we may think we even hate each other at moments, but only the best families go through what we go through on a daily basis. We're there for each other and we will never let another wrangler down, as much as it seems that we struggle to get through everyday, we struggle together and will always be there to pick each other back up. I have made friends here that can never compare to any friendship that I have back home.

It's going to be a rough goodbye that is going to come way to soon.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hanging onto the Little Things!

If it wasn't for all the small things that happen here...I would never survive.

-Watching the stars from the top of the world, sunset on one side and full moon on the other
-Perfect days...and nights spent with people that I love.
-Jumping in the lake on a whim...
-Later barn call
-Friends back home

This summer is coming to a close much quicker than I expected and I don't know if I can handle it. I am ready to be home, but I kind of never want to leave!!!

I'm so not ready for hot weather, school, or the sorority, but I kind of need a break...just a few days.
So much has happened over the past few weeks and I could not be happier. Huge changes and amazing people have walked into my life and I'm trying to live up every minute.

I'm so excited for the next few weeks and what they hold.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

These are the days...

There are certain moments in your life where you look back and say to yourself....

"Why the hell did I ever think that was a good idea?!?!?!"

Those are the moments that you remember for the rest of your life and you know why? Because they were the moments where you let go, where there was no looking back, no regrets, no second thoughts. Those are moments we should cherish forever!

I have made a promise to myself to live this summer as if it were it were my last. I've done this job before, I know what every day should hold, so I'm willing to spend all those moments where I don't know what's going to happen and fill them with amazing adventures!

I had the most amazing day off this week. Becca and I went to the Stanley for breakfast where we GOT JACKED on coffee, went shopping and came back to pick up lazy Amanda!! After lunch at Dave's we headed to Moraine.

Moraine will always hold a special place in my heart and I will forever cherish the moments I spent there. The bunk house, Bachlorette bonding, home cooked meals, Edgar, discovering new trails, the views, wrangler rides, naming horses, rebuilding the barn, a publisher document. But for Becca and Amanda this was a whole new world, a place completely different from Estes in all the best ways!

We picked out our horses and headed out for the three hour! After some nerves were shook off, we tackled the most amazing trail. There were some iffy moments in there and a couple near death experiences, but I couldn't have been more excited to ride Eddy. After Moraine, we tackled the giant slide and Chinese for dinner.

It was an amazing day spent with amazing people, there were a couple pushes to be more adventurous, but I wouldn't have changed a thing!!!

These are the days that I want to remember till the end of time. I'm trying a new thing where I live for me, finally, I'm caring about no one and doing whatever I want. As selfish as it sounds, I don't care. I can't remember the last time I did something for me, before I came out here for the summer. I have 30 some days left and plan to fill each day with an adventure!!!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Blowing up my bucket list!!!!

Well I survived...It was hard but I finally made it through my ten day vacation in the Carribean.

7 days on a cruise ship to islands I had read about in my freshman Anthropology class. It was a dream.

Day one, I swam with dolphins, got a killer sunburn, and shopped on a Caribbean island.
Day two, I tanned on the deck of the ship and hit up the buffet about ten times
Day three, went on an island tour to a rum distillery
Day four, Went horseback riding on the beach and in the Caribbean Sea!!!! WHAT WHAT?!?! Every wranglers dream!
Day five, I snorkeled, saw a sting ray, and tanned.
Day six, We kayaked through a lagoon
Day seven, We came back to Puerto Rico

St. Thomas, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Barbados, and St. Martin.

I toured the Bacardi factory and drank more rum punch than I thought I could consume. We went to shows, ate amazing food, danced the night away, made photo people laugh, and played a lot of trivia games. I came home sporting a 24 karat gold plastic ship trophy for being violated by three women I'd never met. "The object of the game is to pass the ball to each other using only your neck...ready, set, go." Who knew all those years playing games at Mini Camp would have prepared me so well. Thank you FFA.

Though my vacation was beyond amazing and my bucket list has shrunk significantly, I missed my wrangler life incredibly.

I missed a 105 person steak and I'm almost jealous. But I made it back in time for fourth of July!!!!!!

We decorated our ponies and it was a weird day...there were too many people for me to handle, but the fireworks were amazing. Couldn't have ask for a better way to spend fourth of July.

It has been a good week, we have been really busy. I think I've ridden more hours in a day than I have slept and I am so ok with that!!!! My watch broke, Kansas bought us pizza, too many 5:15am barn calls, Amanda and I have been kicking tail bridling, riding all new horses, significant rope burns, Palomino madness, trio reunion, RODEO SOON!!!

I have been plans for my next day off, but for today, I'm being lazy, cause that's what days off are for!!!

This summer is coming to a close quicker than I would have expected, 55 or so days, and I have to say goodbye to the best friends I've ever had.