As you have probably noticed, we are in Manitoba right now at the Austin Circle Square Ranch. It’s the most “in-the-middle-of-nowhere” ranch we’ve been to, yet, but oh so beautiful! It’s not too flat in these parts…some nice hills, and lots of trees. Finally! I love trees. 🙂
This week has been quite different from the last two, mainly since at the other ranches, our help was needed and we were used to full capacity all week. Here, there is an abundance of staff, so we don’t really have much to do. Zoltan’s been doing a lot of photography work which has been sweet, and I’ve been pretty much following him around and carrying his gear for him. Haha.
That being said, since I haven’t had much to do, I started dropping in on some riding classes! I’m learning how to ride a horse! Zoltan got to do the Pony Express in Saskatchewan and I got a little jealous of his mad riding skills as he rode at a full gallop to drop off the camp mail, so I was inspired to learn to ride at some point this summer. As you can probably imagine, being in a beginner class with a bunch of 10 year olds means it’s a little slow moving, but it’s good nonetheless. It’s exciting!
Before I end, I will leave you with a fun fact about Manitoba, specifically Winnipeg. We stayed there on the weekend with some awesome friends (shout out to the Knull family!) and I was baffled by the evidence of a strong French influence on the city. So I decided to do a little bit of reasearch!
So here’s your fun fact! Winnipeg was first explored and settled by the French, many of whose men married First Nations people, and those children were called the Metis. You probably remember that from elementary social studies! Anyway, the French continued to have a strong influence even after the English came in with the Hudson’s Bay Company.
So there ya go! Hope you enjoyed, and stay tuned for some more pictures and fun things like that!