Get a Red Mule
by Mary Jo Stark
While we were riding Scarlett and Sprite earlier this year, I told Jennifer I would be going to the Grand Canyon North Rim to do the bucket list mule ride. Since this is a ride she wants to do and has already visualized some of the photographs, I asked for photography advice. She told me to take a shot of my foot in the stirrup looking down, to take lots and lots of pictures, and to get a red mule.
The wranglers laughed when I asked for a red mule. Leslie was a lovely shade of auburn red.
She reminded me of Scarlett.
I was so happy to finally get to ride a Grand Canyon mule.
Riding behind wrangler Bryan and his mule Gus with his long string of cowboy chatter put me in the zone. I forgot to take lots and lots of pictures. I just looked at all the beauty in wonder and fell into the rhythm of Leslie picking her way along the trail.
Good thing I made friends with my group, as this is a great uphill shot by Carol Land on Mike.
I did remember to get a photo of my foot in stirrup looking down. This shows how close to the edge the mules walk, although I missed the aaaaaaahhhhhh moments.
I also got the ubiquitous As Seen Through Leslie’s ears shot.
And I got a photo by Bryan for the Old Cowgirls group wearing my green bandana.Most of all, I got to ride Leslie the red mule into the Grand Canyon.
One more equestrian bucket item checked off my list!