Activities Update From the Field
It’s no secret that the summer is a great time to get out and enjoy nature. Here at the lodge we have been blessed with an awesome season for activities. In recent weeks wildlife sightings have drastically increased. I expect this trend to continue as fall approaches, and cooler weather gives the animals incentive to venture out of the shady timber.
Our evening hayrides have been marked with beautiful sunsets, huge bucks, and of course everyone’s favorite, the elk. The opportunity to share the area and history of Heartland Lodge has been a wonderful experience for me. The hayride has become a great place for our guest to get together and share stories and the scenic views along the ride with each other. It provides an opportunity for people to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere and really enjoy each other’s company. Feeling like family is what Heartland is all about, so it has been awesome to see new relationships form as well as watch others grow.
Horseback riding has also been extremely popular this year. Kayhill (our guide horse) and I have had the pleasure of guiding trips for first time riders, experienced horsemen and women, and couples enjoying our romantic horse ride and picnic. The highlight of our horseback program is seeing nervous young children who are hesitant to get on a horse in the beginning, but leave with a new found love of riding and begging their parents to return. Many memories have been and are continuing to be made on our riding trails through-out the scenic Heartland Lodge resort.
ATV riding is continuing to thrill lodge guests. We have trails of varying difficulty for all experience levels. The main road through the lodge property provides an excellent option for those who want to cruise around taking in the sights, while the rugged timber trails provide the challenge that serious off road enthusiasts are looking for. Over the course of this bed and breakfast season, we have seen everything from individual riders, to small family groups to large groups of good friends on our trails. In each instance, our staff has been greeted with mud-covered smiles and constant chatter about the day’s riding experiences.
It has been a very exciting year for our sporting clays program. Starting things off in May, our annual Boy Scouts benefit shoot set a new record for participation and money raised for the Mississippi Valley Chapter. Things have continued to go well from there. Lots of first timers and veteran shooters have made their way around the fifteen station course this summer. It’s always great to be a part of introducing newcomers to shooting sports. Whether you want to shoot the entire course or just bounce around to the stations that you like most, sporting clays are always an enjoyable option here at the lodge. For those of you who are, or may be interested in coming on an upland hunt, now is the time to get those shotguns out and get some practice in before the season starts. Our course is a great place to fine tune your skills.
Even though summer is winding down, the fun doesn’t have to end just yet. Our activities and trails are open until the end of September for our guests to enjoy. There is still a lot of fun to be had and memories to be made in the next couple of months so come in for the day, or the week, and take advantage of our long list of awesome activities.