Ain't nuthin like ridin' a finehorse in a new country- Augustus McCrae – Lonesome Dove
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Hot Summer Days~
The view west~
We headed out on a trail leaving from the Morgan Horse Club. It was warm, the bugs were very busy bugging us! As expensive as bug repellant is this year - it doesn't seem to work any better~! Joyce wanted to cover some ground, so we did! Going out & about until we dropped down a long hill to Hwy 9, at the place where the new bridge over the Philchuck Creek is under construction.
Construction under way!
Shortly after we'd turned back & about half-way up the climb, we met a nice gentleman & his friend who were hiking from "Uncle Tom's Cabin" out the way we'd just come. They were planning on being picked up once they reached the highway. We had a nice big long steep hill ahead of us. Farah & Target trotted, trotted & buckled down to trot some more!
Today's route~ 16+ miles
You can see it easily - it's so straight! We really enjoyed the shady sections, but on the way back - someone had come in & cut a lot of Alder down. Most were cut so that they fell away from the trail, but finally - we came up to a wall of branches & leaves - tree down :-( I didn't have my saw in the saddle pack - but we managed to lift it up enough for the horses to squeeze under. Next time we'll have the work of cutting it out. I don't know whether the tree farm employees do this work, or it's subcontracted out. May try to call & ask. Such an easy thing to drop them so they land Off the trail in most places... Doubt they'll bother to cut or haul them out.