Hard to believe but we are beginning our last guest week of the season at the 7D. Looking back, the time seems to have rushed by. We hope to have offered a wonderful season for both guests and staff. This week we are enjoying a number of returning guests who know Sunlight Basin and the Ranch and are basking in the cool nights and sunny days of September. While the trees have not yet turned to gold, the grasses and flowers range in colors of green, yellow and brown and seem illuminated by the light. Every ride offers another glimpse of beauty.
Last week, our second “adult” week, was one of great energy and enthusiasm generated by Spencer Dominick’s horse clinic. There were also avid fishermen to enjoy the pleasure of fly fishing in the fall when the trout seem larger and even more colorful than usual. The guests who participated in the clinic were avid equestrians, some bringing their own horses, and those coming from the East Coast riding 7D horses. Each morning, Spencer gave instruction and practice in the arena before the group ventured out on trail rides to continue their learning of horsemanship. In the six days they rode, they covered a lot of country.
Autumn is always a poignant time of year when one looks backward as well as forward and enjoys the loveliness of the season yet knows it is short-lived. We have had glimpses of frost on the lawn in the morning but none to nip our flowers yet. More staff leave and we miss them as we hunker down to face our own departures in the weeks to come. Mainly, we continue to make sure our guests have “the best possible week.” It is hard to miss with such magnificent country and weather, good food and horses, as well as fishing and hiking at their best.