My time with our guests at Jackson Hole Vintage Adventures begins every time I come to camp to work with anything that has to do with our magnificent team of Belgian horses. We do not have guests every day of the year, but every day of the year we do have our amazing team. Each moment spent with the team is brought into every moment spent with our guests. Don and Buzz pull the sleigh through the cottonwood forest and along the Snake River in winter, and take groups of children and families out in a wagon to picnic and play in the forest throughout the rest of the year. The experience guests have on our horse-drawn sleigh rides is built upon hours and hours and days and days of loving and caring for the horses, the forest, the river and the Tipi camp.
Today was the first day that fall opened the door, just a little, to the beginning of winter. The storms will continue to come over the Tetons for many months now but this first one this year was an especially lovely beginning of the season because my sister was with me. She was visiting from out of town and helped me get the team ready to hitch to the wagon to go out on the trail. The only thing better than being with someone I love in a place that I love is watching them love my animal partners, and my sister is really good at loving Don and Buzz. And at getting stubborn fall stickers out of their mane and forelock. And at telling them how wonderful they are. And at being amazed at how gentle and quiet and gigantic and strong and beautiful they are. She is so good at so many things but she truly excels at appreciating and loving the team. Out on the trail, we watched the lightest of snowflakes begin to build the base of the winter sleigh trail as the weather continued to settle in. It was as usual, a beautiful drive along the trail through the forest and out along the river. She didn’t even have to call shotgun, the seat was hers before she got off the plane.