I hope that our days of backpacking aren't over. Before kids we backpacked all over the Wind River Mountains. But our kids (8 and 5) aren't old enough to backpack yet and when they are old enough in a few years - we might just be too old. Right now, using our horses to get into the backcountry seems a pretty good solution, barring any mishaps.
On this trip we had two mishaps. The first was on our way back to the trailhead. Kino stepped on our old dog Bud (who is 15). He didn't just step on Bud, Kino was standing on Bud's right hip and had him pinned to the ground for what seemed like an entire minute. We didn't think Bud would ever walk again, much less walk out. But he did walk out, with only a slight limp. We found out later his ACL was injured.
The second mishap also happened on the way home. I was walking down the trail in the lead followed by Laura on Kino. Ben and Scott were walking and Scott was trailing Arizona. Ben was wearing overalls and had to make a mad dash for the bushes ASAP. He couldn't deal with the overalls fast enough by himself so Scott had to hand Arizona off to Laura.
|Laura with Arizona, our pack horse.
|Weaving flowers into Laura's hair is a horse-packing tradition.
|Eating dinner on the horse panniers - fresh trout.
|My dad rigged up a leftie fly rod combo for Laura.