Sunday, September 4, 2011

Antelope Island

I have been wanting to take the girls to the Great Salt Lake for a long time.  I was 50/50 on whether or not I wanted to go this past weekend.  Then I found out that they were having a little festival out on the island, and that sealed the deal for me.  And bonus....they had a place to do horse-back riding.
This was our first glimpse of the bison.  
Then we found some closer to the road.
 Then they had to cross the road....
 Then we got to the ranch, and our guide (DJ) got our horses saddled up.  This is Dom's horse.  His name is Maverick because he was in the Mel Gibson movie with the same name.
This is Elle on Navajo.  He was in the movie Far and Away with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
We took a 90 minute ride up the trail.  It took us a bit to get adjusted to our horses, but once the girls got the hang of it, it was just a lot of fun! 
I have about 15 pictures that look like this.  Can I tell you that the ride would have been much more enjoyable if I had not been lugging my big old camera.
This was the pinnacle (literally) of our ride.  It's difficult to tell, bu the view is really, really awesome.  When we went down the hill, DJ told Dom and Elle to lean back, and use the stirrups to balance and hold on to the reigns.  Dom was holding on for dear life, and he had the reigns too tight.  She said, "Why won't he go?"  I said, "Do you have the reigns pulled back so he thinks you should be stopped?"  She said, "Oh....that."
All along the way there were thousands and thousands of beautiful sunflowers.  It was SO picturesque!
After our ride, we went to the other side of the island and took pictures along the way.
And more bison....
And more sunflowers.....

Then we went to the Stampede Festival and ate some carb-loaded, fried food.  The girls really wanted to dip their toes in the Great Salt Lake.
On the way to "the beach," we saw a few of the balloons that flew that evening.  
This is one of my favorite pictures....
We got to the west side of the island as the sun was going down.  I haven't altered any of these pictures...
Here they the sun is going the Great Salt Lake.  They are probably about 1/4 mile away from where I'm standing.  
I love this picture.

I love living in Utah; it is so unbelievably beautiful!  This whole state is a testament to God's great creations!