Updated: Aug 5, 2018
The air was crisp and clean when I entered the property. It was surrounded by beautiful green pastures, majestic horses, and dramatic mountain views.
I had the opportunity to attend the Sagebrush Soiree put on by the Sawtooth Society last weekend. It was a super fun crowd of long time residents and organizations that support the Sawtooth Society and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. I went with my husband and his company BlueFire Wilderness Therapy. BlueFire has been partnering with the Sawtooth Society to provide volunteer opportunities for their students while helping maintain trails and improve the recreation areas.
Being new to the area, I was not expecting to feel as welcomed as I did. I was surprised at how kind, sweet and generous everyone I met was. Attendees were happy to be there and had a real passion for supporting and protecting our beautiful mountains. It seemed as though people were reuniting with old friends and on a mission to make new ones.
There was a silent and live auction with a variety of interesting and eclectic pieces of art, adventure trips, and even a horse. This is where it got rowdy! People were excited and as the caller rattled off numbers and talked a million miles a minute, there was excitement and anticipation throughout the room.
After the auction they gave prizes to some of the people who had been a part of using the Sawtooth National Recreation Area the longest. It was impressive to see the length of time some people had spent in these woods.
The food was delicious. It was an array of steelhead, elk steak, and tasty veggies to boot. I also tried the Chardonnay and table wine which was delightful. As a new mom, I rarely get a chance to indulge in either gourmet food and delicious wines, so this was a real treat.
I felt particularly connected to the wonderful ladies who rode their horses to the event in their true western ware. It was very special to see strong and beautiful women on these healthy and vibrant horses. Maybe I just wanted to be one of them because it reminded me of my idea of what the real wild west should look like. Riding your horse to dinner.
Overall, I became intrigued with this area of the mountains and the people. I will continue to support the preservation and advocacy for keeping these woods pristine.
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