Ain't nuthin like ridin' a finehorse in a new country- Augustus McCrae – Lonesome Dove
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Lookin' Like Summertime!
Stillaquamish from the Whitehorse Trail
What an incredible seasonal gift of a day! Almost 50 degrees in December? The day after Christmas? Joyce & I had planned to get in a ride after the holiday - as we usually try to do - but what a pleasure to enjoy yet another sunshine day in the Winter! We parked at the Bracken gate & by our noon meet-up time the lot was full, with trailers still coming & going. All those riders & we only saw two sets of two on the trails. We decided to head down to the Whitehorse & walk along the river - such a perfect day to enjoy it. The heavy footing soon did it's job & both horses settled in for the walk out to the Centennial Trail Arch.
Target & Joyce
The one place on the trail where there's a high bank - a nice sized boulder had broken lose & rolled down the hill to land on the trail. The large hemlock that's been perched on the very edge is leaning back - soon to break free & slide root ball first down the bank & maybe across the trail. If it does - it will have to be cut out. It's a Big one! You can see the base of it's truck in the upper left corner of the photo below.
Once we were out to the arch - we found the Centennial Trail to be a busy place! Families
walking along enjoying the sunshine & warm temperatures. We turned
north & planned to go all the way back to Grandview - it was
Targets first time out on apublic multi-use trail. He did amazingly well over the bridge
& past bikes, walkers, joggers etc. The grass on the horse path
was still slippery & Farah almost went down - too intent on being ornery rather than paying attention to her feet! :-) We turned in on Lake Armstrong road & went back into the tree farm from there.
Creek on the tree farm~
The footing was really good for so late in the year, not much mud at all & the area's been getting a lot of use! Today, we reached my mileage goal for the year of 1,400 miles! Yippee! As I told Joyce, all those miles & my gold girl still has me riding every stride! It's a constant give & take with her, I give - she takes! :-)
On our way back though - Farah was dialed back as we headed to the trailers. At a nice steady trot - Joyce said; "Nice pace." I looked & we were doing 8.6 +/-. With only a few days of this years Derby to go - we're still in fourth place by a few miles! My Garmin Stats tell me that it's taken 121 rides for us to hit this milestone! We're hoping for at least one more before year end!