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Bear Creek Trail #66Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Horseback avatar Jun 11 2021
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Horseback1.00 Miles 100 AEG
Horseback1.00 Miles   5 Hrs      0.20 mph
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I think I enjoy taking the boys on these summer camps as much as I enjoy coaching sometimes. After two trips to Colorado and a summer lost to the pandemic, we opted for the White Mountains this year and a dual team tournament at Show Low High School on Saturday.

A non profit provided us with tents and meals and we stayed from Thursday to Sunday in the woods, with a trip into Show Low to wrestle on Saturday. Wrestling speaking, we went 4-0 our pool and lost in the cross bracket match for first. Outdoors wise, we had a blast. Nearly three days of no service and some great fun at camp. We camped just over 8,000 feet and although it got a little warm at points throughout the day, the nights and mornings were perfect. The horseback ride was the highlight of the trip this year. We started at Sprucedale Ranch and then plotted a meandering course through the woods to the Bear Creek Trail. From there we rode down to the Black river and headed up stream to complete a loop back with the ranch. There were several crossings and the ride was a little technical, but we all managed and the boys had a blast. In particular, they were big fans of the swim hole and lunch stop, especially, after three plus hours on a horse. I must say, five hours on a horse is a long time and I found it to bother my knees a bit, plus saddle sore is real. However, I left wanting more surprisingly. There is something nostalgic about riding a horse and it was such a cool way to see my stomping grounds. In fact, I inquired about a stay at Sprucedale and another ride in September or October with Katie and hope to get back there.

I left this camp feeling fulfilled, but absolutely exhausted. I really like getting these kids out of the valley during the summer and into the woods, and with the pandemic last year and the loss of most team activities, it felt extra special to be able to get the boys out to a camp again this summer. I think we will be back for sure.
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