July 16, 1977, Sat — Day 8 on the Trail, Beaubien Layover
“Got up at 6:30 am. It was the coldest morning yet. We had pancakes, hot chocolate, bacon, and pineapple juice. Went to Western Lore at 8:00 am. We learned to lasso and branded our hats. For lunch we had rice, carrots, peas, chicken, apple dessert, and chocolate malt. After lunch we went and rode horses. Mine was named Reckless. I really enjoyed the ride. I took a lukewarm shower. For dinner we had spaghetti, peas, chocolate cream pie, beef bouillon, and lemon lime bug juice. Went to bed at 9:00 pm.”
No backpacking this day since we had a layover in Beaubien. I’ve only been on three horses in my life and each has scared me. The other horses at Beaubien had names like Buddy, Jake, and Star. My horse Reckless often went out of his way to try and scrape me off his back by veering under low hanging Ponderosa Pine limbs. But much like a roller coaster ride it looks like I enjoyed excitement.
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