|Gated paving of future development|
|Our paved trail~|
|Drainage Basin - on of three in just a short distance~|
|Doesn't this look like a "Natural Area" to you?|
|Newly forming Beaver Dam under the road~|
|Another ugly Drainage Basin - nothing too natural looking about this...|
I had another surprise though, as we headed toward the removed gate, I saw another of our old trails - looking like it had seen some current use. I'd checked it out months ago & it was blocked by downed trees. Even so, trail is trail - so we took it.
|Our old "Clover Hill"|
|A beautiful Creek flows through it~|
|Out to the lines, looking NW|
|Power Lines - going south|
|More great trail~|
|Another Spectacular Wetland|
|Gone... we weren't going any further~|
|White roof & horses~|
(When we'd first left home, we were down to the bottom of our place when I remembered that I hadn't put Nika's electronic collar on! Back up the hill to do the deed. Then - when I was on the trails - & remembered that I had forgotten my stick! Sure wasn't going back again... Then - I went to take the first photo - with the new little camera & bought from Linda's store close out. I'd forgotten to put the newly charged battery in it! It seems in life, when a day goes sideways - it usually does it in a big way!)
Without my stick I just let her trot around me in little circles, then she'd stop - look that direction & let out another HUGE HUFF! Finally - I gave her a cookie - food takes her mind off about anything else & began walking back the way we'd come. Once mounted, I started for our far north trail home. It was already later than I liked.
We got to the trail & found it BLOCKED! A new gate installed, locked - three t-posts next to it, covered with barbed wire. An attempt to keep the ATV's back out. This seems strange though - since the lower gate has stayed wide open. Whoever, had also cut down a large Alder on the inside of the gate - branches everywhere... No way to get around & dark coming quick - we had the entire way to retrace to get back in & head home! In the dark, on the paving - we were trotting - when two small lights popped up at the Beaver dam under the road! The two people that I'd met last week, out walking in the dark. Farah did just GREAT on our first night ride! The trot stayed consistent, I tipped my head down so that my bill would deflect the branches that we couldn't see.
It was completely dark by the time I went through Pat's - she came to the door to tell me I was out late! We were home just before 6 p.m. & Butch again came in right behind us. No... he wasn't happy about us still being out, me wearing back & no reflective gear. Guess we'll have to put something in the saddle bag in case we're caught out again. If I'd gone my usual route, we would have come to that north gate first! Now I want to call & see if I can have a key - since it will soon be my only way to access the lines... Ah... Progress...