Monday, December 31, 2012

Schneider Meadow Road Run at Cornucopia

Here's just a short little video I put together. Dad was great and took the Ranger (which we have nicknamed the 'Ute') up to the Schneider Meadow Road and I got to ski down. Pretty great little run as long as you watch out for snowmobilers on the trail. Looks a lot different than summer!


Schneider Meadow Road - Cornucopia Skiing from Katlin Eyre on Vimeo.
Tip: If you want to watch this video in High Definition (HD) then click on the HD button and it will redirect you to a new page. 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas Blog

We spent Christmas at the house in Union. I bought a massive tree and nicknamed 'the bush.'  It's a beaut. 

My mom and I always went to a living nativity... which had a camel! It probably means something when I'm most excited about a camel but, seriously, how often do you find a camel in La Grande, Oregon? And of course I always have a camera with me. Thus I present you with camel pictures.

Camel lead rope in my face.
Camel in La Grande at the Living Nativity.
Christmas eve was spent feeding my lovely Lancelot, eating finger food, then watching It's a Wonderful Life. (I love that movie!) My dad and I watched some other great movies such as Real Steal and I Bought a Zoo; It'd recommend both movies if you haven't seen them yet.


Lance eating his hay looking super cute!
On Christmas day my mom made fantastic cinnamon rolls and then went to go pick up my grandma. I love opening presents and watching others open presents.  I love my new Tony Lama boots - they are so snazzy and fancy! I just wish it was summer so I could wear them all the time!  I also love this horse blanket that my grandma got me! Isn't is gorgeous?!


Amazing horse blanket  from my grandma!
Brand new Tony Lama boots... I'm in love!
I also got clothes, a beautiful coat from my dad, awesome fingernail polish and lotion from my grandma, presents from Heidi's 'USA Trip', lotion from mom, and neat presents from my friend Kelsie. All in all it was a fantastic Christmas and I thought I'd share this quote: David O. McKay said: “True happiness comes only by making others happy. … The [spirit of] Christmas … makes our hearts glow in brotherly love and friendship and prompts us to kind deeds of service. It is the spirit of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

After the busy Christmas season it was sad to take the tree down and remove the decorations. I love this season so much, I never want it to stop. Plus the snow, gingerbread cookies, candy, fudge, and sparkling apple cider are fantastic and I never tire of them.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Exploration

Update: 
I won the audience choice award at LetsBeWild.com - thanks everyone!


A few years ago, I headed south to Moab, Utah with a college roommate of mine. We spent the better part of a week exploring Moab and southern Utah. To say that this experience was amazing would be an understatement!

We found so many wonderful places and we truly explored. No map. No guide. No looking up things on the internet. Just the pack on our backs and the sand at our feet. I love exploring and I loved being able to explore the areas around Moab.

Petroglyphs

Perhaps these are called fingers.

I love this root; it's so gnarled and twisted.

Amazing rock feature.

I do believe this is my favorite rock in all of southern Utah.
(Whether or not I could find it again is another question...)
I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers. This week’s Challenge is: Exploration!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

I Love Travel

Simply put, traveling is fantastic. I love reading travel blogs, watching travel shows, and surfing the internet for hours researching all sorts of crazy destinations; but really I love to get out and actually travel the world. There are still millions of places I haven't been, but I'm really lucky because I've had the chance to do my fair share of world-exploring.

I'm not sure if I've said this before on my blog (and I'm too lazy to look) but Alexis and I are going to Southeast Asia in late January and early February.  We've booked all our flights so far and all of our hotels... so we are getting closer to having a complete itinerary! I'm so excited to be jumping on a plane again and exploring somewhere new! Although, if we skipped the super long flight I wouldn't be opposed to that. Hasn't someone out there invented a way to teleport yet?

Alexis and I will be doing some truly amazing things like riding elephants in Thailand and horseback riding in Cambodia. I'm getting so excited!

As for right now, the current goal is to survive the snow up here at the lodge. It just keeps piling up! And, to make matters worse, I forgot my skis.

Scout rock'n his new snow boots.

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Peaceful

There are so many peaceful places that can be found in the wild. The first photo below is one of the most peaceful memories in my mind. It was an early morning (around 5 o'clock am) in near Rathdowney, Queensland, Australia and I found this amazing little knoll to hike up to. As the sun rose it was absolutely breathtaking and I just sat there... absorbing the amazing place I was at.

Rathdowney, Queensland, Australia 
Another one of my favorite places is Eagle Cap, in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. It's such a neat mountain and there is a fantastic little meadow that simply resonates 'peaceful.'

Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon
Then there is my favorite meadow. I've spent many days simply lounging bareback on my horse soaking in the sun while he quietly grazes on the meadow grass. Truly a peaceful and simplistic place.

Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon

Monday, December 3, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Scout in Lights

Let's start off with a picture. (Sorry it's so dark!)
Scout and Lucky napping on my bed.
Right now I'm up at Cornucopia enjoying the rain and snow showers (lie). I drove up from Union to babysitting or puppy sit my dad's dog while he and my mom drove to Wyoming. I tried to film a GoPro video but I left basically everything I would need except the camera at home, so the whole video thing didn't really work out. Maybe next time I'll make a video of Cornucopia from a dog's point of view.

Scout in Lights
I've managed to keep myself busy by decorating my dog in Christmas lights and knitting an ear warmer to keep out the winter chill. Actually I did some rather interesting things this week such as wrapping the backhoe up like a Christmas present, only instead of wrapping paper I used a giant silver tarp.  Pretty fun, eh? I've also been working on some Horse Camp things getting ready for next year. I need to find some counselors for the summer, change around the prices, make the calendar and update the website. I also want to make some short videos that maybe we can upload on our website to encourage people to come see this awesome place!

Knitted Head Band (more photos to come)

If you are knitter here's the website that I found the pattern on. (Click here.) The ear warmer came out a tad big so I suggest editing the pattern once you knit the first 50-60 stitches. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Equine

New goal: I want to become an equine photographer. And be published in an horse-related magazine or book. I think it's plausible seeing as we have just a few horses around here at the house.

Oh. And I think I want to try playing polo once. It looks fun.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

Today has been a good turkey day and a very good Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for my family and my friends. I'm thankful for the ability that I have to travel. I'm thankful for the kind banker who told me I have amazing credit and made me feel like a person, not a number. I'm thankful for my faith. I'm thankful for my amazing puppy dog Scout. I'm thankful for a great group of friends - even if they are several states away. I'm thankful that I was able to graduate this year. I'm thankful that I have been able to have all the adventures and experiences I have.  I'm thankful that I have musical talents (and that even after months or years of not playing I can still pick up instruments without hesitation). I'm also thankful for technology because it allows me to blog, communicate with my friends, plan world travels with the click of a mouse, and talk to family halfway on the other side of the country.

Hehe... Perfect Family Photo
I'm also thankful that I can still make decent looking Thanksgiving cupcakes with pilgrim hats.

Pilgram Hat Funfetti Students
I'm thankful for everything in my life. Oh and the food - such great food today.

All to Easy Thanksgiving Cupcakes
Basically I was (really) short on time so I whipped up some of these cupcakes. If you wanted these to be "fancier" definitely make a cake from scratch, make the frosting from scratch, and take more time to decorate.

One Box Funfetti Cake Mix
Matching Funfetti Frosting

Once you've got your cupcakes out of the oven frost them as normal or you can pipe the frosting for a better effect. Then make some pilgrim hats: I used Keebler Fudge Stripes and mini Reece's Peanut Butter Cups.  Simply take the mini Reece's, unwrap them, then place a small dap on the top of the peanut butter cup. Flip the cup upside down and place it on the fudge side of the Keebler cookie. You're almost done!

Next mix up some colored frosting. I used yellow then red in a last stitch effort to make my cupcakes fancier. Pipe the frosting around the Reece's then make a small square (just like in the photo above). You're so close to done... all you have to do is stick you finished hat on your cupcakes and prepare to serve them!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Season is Over

I'm glad to (finally) say that the packing season for 2012 is over! Which means, that there are no more cold and snowy horseback trips into the Eagle Caps until spring and summer roll around again. I love riding my horse and I'll continue to do so, it'll just be here at the house instead of up in the mountains.

Now that the season is over what do I do? Plan a trip to Southeast Asia of course! Alexis and I are officially snapping up plane tickets with plans to book hotels and tours. It's going to be so wonderful!  Actually, the whole process would be easier if Wells Fargo wasn't such a pain to deal with. I've never had problems booking plane tickets and such overseas, but Wells Fargo apparently doesn't like Asia. Every time I try to make a purchase it's declined, even after I've tried to call and explain the situation to them. Perhaps it's on to a new bank?

Also - it's turkey day tomorrow so Happy (early) Thanksgiving!  I'm going to try and make some sort of festive food because I use any holiday as an excuse to try fun new recipes or candy creations. If I can make something good I'll be sure to post about it!

For now I better clean up this disaster of a room and try to bring some order to the chaos that has become my sock drawer.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Back to the Grind

Basically I want to complain in this post. It's cold outside and I'd really prefer not to be stuck doing stuff for hunting season. Can't this just be over already? I just want to be done. Period. But, I guess that is just the nature of the job.

Mark, Jim, and I are headed back to Cayuse today to get a group of hunters out tomorrow then get their gear out the following day(s). I'm hoping we can be back by Thursday but, who really knows. Then we'll pack gear out of Mud Flats, then Splashdam, and maybe (if we are really lucky) we will finish before Thanksgiving.

So much fun. At least I've got my puppy dog to keep my company.


Oh yes. And thank you to all the Veterans that have served this country! May this Veterans' Day serve as a reminder that the freedom of this country comes at a cost and we should solute those that sacrifice for the sake of this land.  

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Wildlife

Hello to everyone out there in blog-land. So last week I won the photo contest on LetsBeWild.com! Check out my winning entry of Post Falls right here (just click) if you haven't done so already. This week the photo challenge on LetsBeWild is wildlife.  Wohoo... honorable mention for my frog!

Butterfly in Jacksonville, Alabama.
Peacock. Brisbane, Australia.
Tree frog in an old stump... somewhere in Queensland, Australia.

And of course my favorite, which I think is so cute and funny - kangaroo in Australia
curiously checkin' out my camera!
I’m participating in the LetsBeWild.com Wild Weekly Photo ChallengeThis week’s Challenge is: Wildlife

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fixin' Fence Time

I managed to make it off the hill from Cayuse and sneak in a few days at home.  In the spirit of November I can honestly say that I am thankful for running hot water and electricity - sometimes the creature comforts just make you feel good! 
The little zig-zag down the mountain is the horse trail.
I'm not really looking forward to the end of hunting season. It's going to get colder and more miserable, plus I'm sure that it's going to snow. Everything at Moss Springs shouldn't be too bad, but I'm not thrilled to go back to Cayuse. I have to admit that Cayuse is really pretty though.  The landscape is awe-inspiring to say the least.

I'm glad I don't have to take the stock to water here at home. It took a long time to saddle up then take horse after horse over to the water. But at least it was warm while I was up there.

Cayuse Flats with the only waterhole in miles.
Road to Cayuse (after getting elk meat out).
Since getting home yesterday I have definitely divulged into the luxuries of a town. I was lucky enough  to go eat Mexican in town with mom (thanks to dad for buying mom and I dinner) and then catch the movie 'Wreck it Ralph.'  Such a cute show! It was way better than I had ever expected!  I highly recommend seeing it if you like light-hearted funny (animated) movies. 

This morning was spent fixing the fence along the road. Don't ya just love when people drive into the fence then don't fix it? Anyways, I'm currently planning a trip to Southeast Asia with my friend Alexis. It should be really great and it's coming together! Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Singapore, then maybe Vietnam. I just hope we get it all figured out and start booking things!

Pine Cones at Cayuse Flats


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Water

Oh, the wonder and power of water.




Thanks to everyone! I'm super excited that I won this challenge! To see this post displayed on the website, check out LetsBeWild.com!



I’m participating in the LetsBeWild.com Wild Weekly Photo Challenge This week’s Challenge is: Water

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Cayuse Flats

It's been series of unfortunate events up here, or at least it has felt that way.

Right now I'm sitting in my wall tent at Cayuse babysitting half-ton animals that keep complaining about lack of food. The horses think they are starving or something silly like that.

Well the 'unfortunate events' started when we couldn't buy the correct feed at PGG because they were out of stock. They continued when Shawn's truck broke down trying to haul stock up the Hat Point Road to Cayuse Flats. Talk about a steep and narrow road that you would never want to break down on. It wouldn't have been that bad, except Shawn was hauling about seven horses. It took Mark and Shawn until midnight to manage to unhook the truck from trailer, re-hook to Mark's truck, move Shawn's truck far enough off the road people could narrowly get by, then continue up the road to Cayuse. Meanwhile I sat at base camp next to the fire waiting (all my gear was in Shawn's truck, so no coat, sleeping bag, or snacks to speak off.)

More unfortunate events followed the next day. Mark and I loaded up the hunters gear on mules, got the guys mounted up on horses, then took off towards Horse Troughs in relatively good time. Like the road to Cayuse, the trail to Horse Troughs in really steep and narrow. It would be our luck that a hunter went tumbling down the hill. Thank goodness he wasn't seriously injured, but he definitely couldn't keep riding into camp.

After the hunter decided that he wanted to go back to base camp, I road back with him. He got settled into the outfitters tent (which I did not exactly have prepared for guests), then I turned around and rode back to meet Mark. Good thing it's easy to follow so many animals because I haven't ever been to Horse Troughs. I actually didn't make it there, since I met Mark on his way back towards the trail head.

I just love riding in the dark. Not.

I spent the next day basically around camp feeding the horses, watering them, which is not close by, and getting dinner ready.

The following morning Mark took the hunter to La grande since the guy decided he really needed to see a doctor. And just like the day before I watered horses and fed them.

I just with I wasn't stuck here. I'm really not a fan of outfitting during hunting season. Thank goodness the weather has held for the most part. I know the hunters want snow, but I'm perfectly content with sun. (Although it's mostly been rain here or at least really overcast.)

I'm off to go water the horses I suppose. I'll post more photos once I'm back home. In my own bed.with my laptop. I do have admit though, it sure is pretty up here!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Happy (Early) Halloween

Happy (early) Halloween! Since I'll be really busy in the upcoming week, I decided to post pictures of my halloween costume now. Hope you enjoy!

I'm the headless horseman! You can't even see my face... haha. Love this picture!

Headless Horseman Costume!
Happy Halloween Everyone!
Scout dressed up at a cowboy!
His bandana says "Does Tricks for Treats"
My (different) pumpkin... a haunted house!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Packing in the Snow

I think I'm in the wrong profession.
That's my frozen hair.

I hate being cold, miserable and wet. And packing seems to involve a lot of cold, wet, snow. Brrr.  This week involved frozen fingers, toes, and hair.  I don't know how on earth I'm going to last till second season.

On Saturday Jim and I headed into Tamarack. It's beautiful up there, but it had rained then snowed so I didn't bother taking my camera. Sunday we headed to a campsite called BigPot. It's beautiful up there, but the ridge top was rather chilly. (To say the least!)

At least I got brave and exposed my camera/bare finger to the elements to snap some pictures.
Heading into Big Pot

Once you drop down into Big Pot, the chill went away - but man o' man it was cold coming out of the camp. Drop camps are always interesting. You never know what gear customers will bring or how many mules you will need. It's the nature of the business, I guess.

Heading out of Big Pot

Looking towards Moss Springs
Monday we packed up gear, got the hunters up on some horses, and headed towards Mud Flats. There are a couple reasons I like Mud Flats - the main reason being that it's close to the trailhead and it only a six hour round trip. Although we certainly got a lot of snow the whole ride.

Working our way out of Mud Flats
 Thank goodness that I didn't have to ride today. I'm really glad that I got a break and a chance to warm up!

(Sorry for any spelling mistakes... I'm really tired!!)