|Ride to Cherry Creek Falls|
We met-up at Taylor Landing - then drove from there to a wide place in the road where we could leave our trailers, saddle-up & head in. Lynn warmed us that these trails were not for the faint-of-heart. Logs, drops, mud, etc. - all the usual stuff, common when riding western, WA trails :-) Before we were too far in, we came up on the largest of the obstacles that Lynn had warned of!
Riding her very nice QH mare, Bizy - Lynn sat her on her rear & slid down like a pro! I've had issues in the past with this type of thing, so dismounted. Farah slid down - I followed her while she waited parallel to me at the bottom - landing with my hands on the saddle to stop! Next was Dena with her young somewhat inexperienced mare, Bella. Dena too decided to dismount & let the mare go down on her own. That worked, until Bella decided to bail & jumped back up the hill - passing Brandi at a trot & taking off down the trail... Not far! :-)
|Bella & Dena|
|Brandi ponies Bella down as Dena watches!|
Since Bizzy is a bit slow - this day Farah was allowed to take the lead & lead she did! It only took to a fourth consecutive day of riding & over 40-miles for Farah to to finally settle in & give me just a stellar ride! Collected, slowing her gait enough to keep her companions with her - she never hesitated & led like she'd been doing it for years :-) (I really think the Saddlebred is coming out!) :-)
|First view of the falls!|
|Linnea, Brandi, Dena & Connie|
|Lynn's photo of our three smiling faces :-)|
Finally - after a couple loops - we headed back! Total mileage wasn't impressive, but the ride sure was! Once back at the trailers, we settled on lunch in Duvall before heading home. Again - we have Lynn to thank for guiding us to a really beautiful place & taking us on a Very Enjoyable ride!