Day 11 - August 18, 2008 -Horseback Riding – Peek a Boo Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park
Words can’t describe today it was INCREDIBLE – today we took a half day mule ride down the Peek a Boo trail into Bryce Canyon National Park - we took the afternoon tour. When we got out to the coral area you could hear thunder in the distance and the sky didnt' look to promising. The head wrangler asked if everyone was prepared to get wet! And if not he would refund you $$ right now but not once we started riding if you turned back. No one was giving up their ride! We were lucky as only 12 people signed up for this afternoon tour as I guess they can take up to 30 riders at a time.
It was an exhausting, and scary at times ride but it was GREAT! We all enjoyed the ride and the colors of the canyon. Since we aren’t hikers at all this was a great way to get down into the canyon and see what it really looked like. We had two great wranglers that took us into the canyon. Our mules names were: Tanya – Johnny, Gary – Gates, Laura – Judge, Gerry – Rosco. On the way into the canyon the wranglers had Tanya in front of Gerry, then me, a wrangler and then Gary. I think they all knew how nervous I was. Jeez I really make myself sound like a wimp don’t I on this vacation – but to tell you all the truth, I am but I did all the things I never would of done if it weren’t for Gary and Tanya. Any how, Gerry’s mule kept getting to close to Tanya’s and Tanya’s mule wanted to kick Gerry’s. It frustrated them both some on the ride down the canyon. Gerry’s mule also likes to walk right on the edge of all the trails. All the mules like to walk on the edge but Gerry’s looked like it was going to walk off the edge half the time. They paired me with the right mule he was gentle and knew I was scared to death of the edge he walk most of the time in the middle of the trail. Gary's mule they said was stubborn and he said yup just like him. After reaching the bottom and taking a short break they switched the order of Tanya and Gerry and their mules got along much better and I believe the ride was better for both of them. We all had sore legs and butts when we were done but I dont' think any of us would of traded the experience for anything.
I can't believe how good my pictures came out since all I did was reach my hand up and shoot most of the time. As I was holding on for dear life!
Oh and the threatening rain from the beginning of our trip never bothered us but once we got to our car guess what it started to rain.
It was one of the most AMAZING days of our trip, one I will not soon forget if ever. I'd also do it again if I ever go back.
We purchased our pictures at the end of the ride that the head wrangler takes part way down the trail when you start out.
Oh and if you take this tour - don't forget to tip your wranglers, doesn't have to be alot of $$ but if you feel they made sure you were safe and enjoyed your ride give them something a little extra.
I don't even remember if we ate dinner tonight after our ride but, we did have lunch before our ride at the lodge - they had a great taco bar, 3 of us had the taco bar and one had the tuna bruschetta. We were all very satisfied with our meal at the Bryce Canyon Lodge and the price was actually reasonable too.
Again we watched an old movie together before all hitting the hay.
I think today deserves its own post so you can all take it in. Man I loved this NP.