Last year our family went on an extended vacation that had us spending most of our time in the beautiful state of Colorado. We absolutely love it there. In fact, my husband always leaves a little early when he goes for a trip there so that he can get in a good mountain hike.
Our trip was planned well in advance and Matthew had worked tirelessly to plan what we would be doing. We didn’t even tell the girls. After visiting family and friends we stayed in a great hotel that had a water slide. Three days were spent tootling around Boulder and spending a lot of time in that pool.
Before we left Colorado for the Grand Canyon we had a half day of white water rapids and then a half day riding mules along the rim of the Royal Gorge. The team there is called the Watt Mule Company. It’s a husband and wife who made a leap of faith and took this job in Colorado. They had lived in horse trailer for a year, maybe even longer, and lived by camp fire. They had built a barn for the mules, but had to wait for building a cabin for themselves.
Each summer they have a group of kids that come to live with them, learning to live like old cowboys, taking care of the mules, and leading trail rides.
There was an instant connection with Carole and I soon found out that she was my sister in Christ when her cell phone started ringing, I couldn’t help singing along and was quickly brought into an embrace of welcome and love.
Carole and Porter took us on a ride. Soothed the fear that Bean had about being on a mule, taught us how to be stable in the saddle, and took some incredible pictures that you could only get from the back of a mule! We stayed for a long time after the ride just visiting and I was so sad to leave. I was so happy to get connected with them on Facebook.
Yesterday, I was greatly troubled to receive a letter from them, pleading for help. Due to the drought and flooding across the nation, hay prices have gone from $80 per ton, to $290 per ton. They have 32 mules to feed and it’s $10 a day to feed 4 of them. Right now they are still in their winter season and there are no tours. The income that was saved up through the summer is gone. There is enough work for a lot of people but it’s just Carole and Porter working from dusk to dawn.
So, their plea for help didn’t fall on deaf ears. It struck my heart. So I want to share this burden with others. They aren’t asking for a $100 dollars, they are asking for a lot of people to just send what they can, a dollar if that is all that can be spared. They completely understand that all of us are struggling in this economy and that we all need to watch our budgets.
If you can help, or feel led to help, here is their information. I know that they brought us a huge amount of joy on our trip and it would be great to see them continue to give that joy to others!!
Porter and Carole Watt
Watt Mule Company, LLC
P.O. Box 280
Canon City Colorado 81215
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