Dear Our Austin-Lehman Guides: James, John, & Patrick~
Carter, Cal, Stewart, and I would like to give you all a heart felt thank you for an excellent adventure in Big Sky Country and Yellowstone National Park. We still can't believe what an amazing job you guys did making sure we all had everything we needed and wanted (there's a difference between the two!). This trip was a big departure for me, a "read a book on the beach" kind of girl, and I was nervous that the boys (and I) could keep up. No worries about Stewart. :) We felt inspired by you to try everything, and never felt pressured. Your enthusiasm was contagious. The hike to Beehive Basin was well worth the effort. Iced coffee 1/2 way up certainly did not hurt. I almost tackled you guys when you walked out with those trays, but then no one would have gotten coffee. I can close my eyes and see those hillsides filled with gorgeous wildflowers and am so happy I'll have that memory forever.
Stewart and Cal had a blast whitewater rafting, and Carter appreciated your offer to take him swimming that day. It was very sweet of you to encourage him. While Carter was unsure about rafting, Cal was nervous about riding a horse. Bless him, he made it through, albeit sideways. I do believe both boys came home taller and more confident. They learned so much about Montana and Yellowstone, and it all came from the conversations you had with us. A vacation and an education...a parent's dream.
Finally, we feel so blessed that we now have new friends from Minneapolis, Boston, & Oklahoma City. Great job matching up families! We miss them already. The Whitmire Family wishes the three of you much happiness and success. You deserve it. You make a great team!
a "hiking, biking, horseback riding, sometime rafting" kind of girl