Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pumpkins and Halloween

I love Halloween. It's simple really: You get to carve pumpkins, eat sugar, dress up, watch classic movies (like my personal favorite Hocus Pocus), and get scared for fun. Awesome, right?

Carving pumpkins has always been a frightfully great experience for me, even when I'm carving all by myself. So this year I whipped up a headless horseman, complete with a moon and several bats. (Would you expect me to do something without a horse?)

I also made some great cupcakes. I think I'm allowed to say they are great because, even though the design is lacking for some of them, they taste fantastic!  Plus who doesn't want to eat a monster or eyeball?

Halloween wouldn't be complete without dressing up, so this year I decided that Quincy and I would be a scarecrow and "scare-horse." I think Quin was really confused why I was painting little patches on him but he enjoyed eating all of the raffia.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Bareback Riding

One of my favorite things is taking WindDancer out for a bareback ride. Especially during fall when the colors are amazing.

The only downfall of this ride? The giant rock WindDancer got stuck in his foot. Seriously huge. We had to pound it out with a hammer. Silly horse. At least he has rubber soles so it didn't bruise his hoof.
Riding WindDancer Bareback

I love this photo I took. Iconic fall river.

WindDancer heading down the trail.

Holy color.

Scout running down the trail.

Yes. This is a rock. In WindDancer's foot.
We have to pound it out with a hammer.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Puyallup Expo

Right now I'm in Puyallup getting ready for my second day at the WSSA Snowmobile Expo. I'm basically passing out brochures and taking to people about coming to Cornucopia Lodge for the winter sledding season. I think I've passed out a fair amount of brochures and I hope we start getting winter reservations.

So, what's the great thing about being in Puyallup? The fact I'm close to my friend Jill! I'm so glad that she came down from Seattle to see me! We had dinner at a yummy Thai restaurant (I had amazing curry) and then ate frozen yogurt! It was really fantastic to see a friend and it made the whole trip worth it!

Our Booth Setup (Simple but Effective)
Jill and I 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Riding in Not a Gentle Hobby

“Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, he/she will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.”

Favorite Halloween Movies

October means that everyone can officially break out the spooky and fun movies. Here is a list of my some personal Halloween favorites. (I'm not a huge fan of super scary movies... so those won't make the list.)

The Addams Family
Hocus Pocus (My favorite!)
Nightmare Before Christmas
Of course there are a lot of other great Halloween movies to!
Wallace and Gromit The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Monster House
Return to Oz
The Monster Squad
Tower of Terror
Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Watcher in the Woods
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
The Corpse Bride
Monsters, INC. (It's got Monsters that scare children - Haha)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Feeding at Five

What's the benefit of feeding horses at 5 o'clock in the morning (during early winter and fall)? Getting to see the beautiful stars of course.

Obviously I stopped to take some photos after I was done feeding and I couldn't believe how many stars I saw! I live in a great place.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Paint Your Wagon

Have you ever heard of the (musical) western Paint Your Wagon? If not, let me inform you about the movie...

Made in 1969, Paint Your Wagon is a musical western starring Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, and Jean Seberg. The film was actually made near East Eagle and Kettle Creek, although in the film it was portrayed as a mining camp in California. It is at this site that they built No Name City for the film, however, after the film was complete the site was torn down as requested by the USFS.

On Tuesday I made a trip over to East Eagle to get some mules from Mark so that we would have them here at Cornucopia. Of course I had to stop and grab a few photos from the site. The fall colors are beautiful and I will always wonder how exactly the film makers decided on this amazing little gem.

Monday, October 7, 2013

First Fall Photos at the Lodge

Thankfully it's not snowing here at the lodge anymore and it's really starting to feel like fall. The foliage colors are changing and everything is beautiful. I wish we could have an Indian summer, but I think the warm temperatures are over for now. 

National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

A few days ago (before the government shutdown occurred) my mom and I went to The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. It was National Public Lands Day, which meant no entry fee. I figured we should stop and make time to see such a neat local site. The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media presentations, special events, and more than four miles of trail sit on their property.

Inside of the Interpretive Center

Mine on the Site

Mule. It's real. Well as real as a taxidermy mule can be.


Virtue Flats


Minus the wagon.. this campsite looks real familiar. Gotta love those wall tents.

Mom and I in front of a covered wagon.

Stamp mill. Gold mining has always been huge in this area.