Bill and Juanita, owners of Allenspark Lodge B&B, are living their dream...

running a successful business and riding as often as possible.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Move

Late last night we got home from helping a friend move to her new home - in Minnesota.  We had loaded all her worldly possessions in our horse trailer - including her horse, two dogs and cat - and drove through the night earlier in the week on a 15 hour trip.  Everything went great; we had waited for a break in the winter weather storm systems that kept hitting the Midwest.

Her new home is fabulous; she will be working as the Equine Director for the Ironwood Springs Christian Camp, setting up therapeutic riding programs, and helping horses also, with special needs.  The camp sits on 140 acres in southern MN and has a beautiful log lodge, indoor horse arena, lots of cabins and super fun stuff to do, like tubing, sleigh rides, hikes, you name it.

While there, Bill fell in love with Clyde - the camel.  Who would think of finding a camel in MN?
A Camel Selfie
Who's more infatuated, Bill or Clyde?  This camel does love his scratches.

I got to pet Dot the deer in the petting zoo.  Such a little sweet heart.
Wandering around the grounds in sunny, warm weather.
The Snack Shack - the barn before a larger barn was built.
Their version of a BBQ - a big piece of old farm equipment that was turned into  something that could cook hamburgers for multiples.
Miracle Lodge - all 28 rooms are wheel chair accessible.
The camp graciously let us stay in one of the lodge rooms.  They were all beautiful.
An idea of what the inside was like - looking down from the 3rd floor to the main conference area.
How would you like a moose overlooking your meeting?
We stayed a day to rest up and see the area a bit, so we went into Rochester, MN and walked around the famous Mayo Clinic.  We happened to arrive the day an ice festival was starting:  SocialIce.  The warm weather was nice for us - but the ice sculptures were melting as fast as they were being placed.
The main theme was to build a bar that could be actually used.  I don't think that was going to happen, but they had some interesting ones.
...and some interesting sculptures.
On our way home we saw different weather related stuff - like 5 semi trucks on their sides in the ditches within the first 100 miles after leaving the camp.
You just don't expect to see big trucks from this angle.  It's quite scary when you are pulling a horse trailer out there.  I guess there was big wind problems here at home, too.  Glad to be back home.
Bionic Cowgirl


  1. Great adventure, thanks for sharing your trip with us!

  2. Awesome! Sounds like it was a nice trip. Glad you didn't have that wind going down with the load. Yikes. And very glad you landed upside right at home.

  3. What a great place to work. I want her job!!! Happy you guys made it there safely!!


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