Every year we try to take a mini family vacation to a not so faraway part of Colorado. This year's destination was Vail.
We timed our trip to coincide with the peak of the fall foliage viewing season, and the drive through the mountains was spectacular.We stopped at a scenic area just past Frisco to take pictures and do a little bit of exploring.
Imagine my delight when I walked down the road and discovered this!
This group of mules and horses belong to Summit County Outfitters.
Although I have lots of good photos in my packing reference file, it's always nice to see things in person.
The two middle mules wore sawbuck pack saddles.
This is the kind of saddle most commonly seen in the model horse hobby.
The other mules were fitted with Decker style saddles.
Unfortunately, both these saddles were covered with packs so I couldn't get any close up pictures.
I just loved this red molly mule.
Who could resist that face?
I could have spent an entire day happily watching the outfitters...
pack up those mules.
However, the rest of my family was eager to get to Vail. And you know, that was ok, too!
(We had a great time.)