The ultimate trail rider…my dad in Argentina in his 20’s. My love of horses and trail riding came through those genes! In my "former life" as a World Class Morgan horse trainer and breeder, clients used to laugh at me about my time off. Why? Well, perhaps it was because it often included more horsey ventures…as if I didn’t get enough doing it seven days a week! My love of horses and the outdoors has always been an integral part of who I am, and on the rare summer days when I could escape the training and breeding scene at my farm, I’d trek to the Trask Mountains, or Cascade Range in Oregon, to set up camp and trail ride for days. Usually, camp was filled with friends and family ready to relax, drink in the beautiful scenery, eat fabulous grub, play games, swim in clear, cool swimming holes, tell embellished tales around the fire, and laugh until cheeks hurt. Fond memories those are, and boy could I tell you some tales!
Montana is a mecca of trails through the wild country, and when asked about outfitters, one name seems to rise consistently to the surface: Swan Mountain Outfitters. The Flathead Beacon wrote a terrific article about these folks that makes me want to swing into the saddle again, and get lost. Enjoy the article, and if any of you venture out with SMO, please let me know about your adventure. I’d love to hear about it, and share it here if you allow.