Trail Log: 5-24-2018

  • Trail: Weiser River Trail (Shoepeg to Midvale)
  • Miles: 9.95
  • Riders: Self – Dusty – Jones
  • Horses: J’Lo – Rooster and Raycine


Notes:  Hauled to Jones and Dusty’s place outside of Midvale after work. We rode to Shoepeg, down the WRT to The Country Cabin in Midvale.  They have giant cinnamon rolls to die for.

I’ve notice the snakes are really out this year. We saw two BIG bull snakes. At least they weren’t rattlers. Two fat does and a couple bunnies also shared the trail with us.


Trail Log: 5-20-2018

First ones in camp Friday.


  • Trail: Hammett Idaho, IMO
  • Miles: 14.12
  • Max mph: 13.4
  • Ave mph: 3.4
  • Riders: Circle Four (Jones, Dusty, Karen and Self)
  • Horses: Honor, Rooster, Jane and Jack


Notes: An Idaho Mounted Orienteering (IMO) ride set North of Hammett Idaho near the old Oregon Trail. We found all five markers in less than 5 hours and completed the course in 14.12 miles. We did MUCH better than we have in the past. Last year Jones and I placed third at this same ride. There are more teams and the competition is getting tougher. We mostly go just to find all five markers and try to finish the ride in 4 hours. Karen has a great sense of direction and is good at reading the map. Me – I pretty much just get the gates and have a knack for stumbling onto the plates without using the bearings.

Life flight was called in to haul out a lady that come off her mule. She was riding with another gal that is also an EMT. From what I hear – she is going to be fine.

Trail Log: 5-18-2018

  • Trail: Hammett Pre- IMO
  • Miles:5.29
  • Max mph: 9.2
  • Ave mph: 2.7
  • Riders: Self – karen
  • Horses: J’Lo and Annie
  • Dogs: Hank (Shade stayed in camp – too hot and not enough water for her)


Notes: Karen and I went up Friday before the Hammett IMO. We brought both shooting horses to get them out on the trail and out of the arena. We went for a short ride Friday evening.  Previous in the day we went for a short hike and found a micro-cache.

Trail log: 5-5-2018

  • Trail: Oreana – Owyhee desert – Cinco de Mayo IMO
  • Miles: 29.48 (in 2 days)
  • Ave mph: 3.15 mph
  • Max mph: 15.1 mph
  • Riders: Circle 4 team +guest rider Alice S. (fellow CMSA shooter)
  • Horses: Jack – J’Lo – Annie – Jane – Dusty – Zip – Honor and Rooster

Dogs: Hank – Shade – Dealer – Savannah – Oscar (dogs stayed in camp. Too far and no water on the trail.

Notes: What a weekend. Fellow shooter Alice S. mentioned she would be in Idaho until our Nampa shoot. I invited her to our first IMO ride as our guest. We hauled in on Friday, set up camp and went for a hike searching for a geocache. The IMO race was Saturday  – 22.13 miles and just under 8 hours later we found all five markers. Beautiful – interesting country. We learned a few things:

  1. Jack is a rattlesnake magnet.
  2. Trust in yourself and your teammates
  3. Do not trust in your competitors.
  4. Never pre-judge people. The person you find “different and odd” from first impression just might end up being a darn good friend.
  5. You can fix anything with ingenuity and yellow duct tape.
  6. If you get bit on the butt by a rattlesnake – your probably going to die.
  7. Home really is where the heart is.

This weekend warrants it’s own blog piece – now to find the time…

Karen K. Alice S. and me hobbling back to camp after geocaching: “I’m actually, like…sweating under my armpits!” Love these girls


Trail Log: 4-26-2018

  • Trail: Weiser River Trail
  • Miles: 5.54
  • Riders: Self
  • Horses: Jack and J’Lo
  • Dogs: Shade and Hank

Notes: Went for a quick exercise run. Nothing exciting happened other than some cows swimming across the river. Didn’t know they would do that. Why would a cow cross the river? To get to the other side I suppose.

Interesting side note. A dead body was discovered on the trail. I don’t know how I didn’t discover it myself – or my dogs. I ride by the area all the time. I assume the body was found close to the river itself where I don’t usually water the horses. Thank goodness. Prayers to the mans family:

Trail log: 4-21-2018

IMO teams and new riders enjoying “chili” after the race.
  • Trail: IMO ride – Coyote Gulch
  • Miles: 8.47
  • Ave MPH: 3.1
  • Riders: Circle 4 team (Self, Jones, Dusty and Karen)
  • Horses: Jack, Honor, Rooster and Jane

Notes: First IMO of the year and a training ride. Karen joined the circle four team.  I found 3 markers without using bearing points. I may not be great at reading a map – but I do know the gal that set the plates and how she thinks. 🙂 Karen and Jane did super for their first IMO.

I can’t easily take pictures during the race so all we get is what we take back at camp.

Jack and Jane cooling off after the race. I love my horse.


Trail Log: 4-20-2018

Karen (aka Louise) and Annie
  • Trail: Steck Park
  • Miles: 6.97
  • Riders: Self – Karen
  • Horses: J’Lo and Annie
  • Dogs: Shade and Hank


Notes: We took our shooting horses out of the arena for a ride in the desert. J’Lo’s comfortable on the trail but Annie, karen’s horse – is not. Regardless – they both overcame their anxiety and made it back to the trailers unscathed. We found one geocache and set one. Which reminds me – I need to log them. :)Fun day with a good friend.


Trail Log: 4-14-2018

  • Trail: Steck Park – Boat dock to secluded cove
  • Miles: 4.83
  • Riders: Self
  • Horses: Jack and J’Lo
  • Dogs: Hank and Shade

Notes: We celebrated Shade’s 10th birthday by going for a ride along the river. Shade had tons of fun playing in the water/mud. She sure doesn’t look like a 10 year old dog. She has slowed down some (haven’t we all) – but still romps around like a puppy sometimes.

We didn’t go too far. I like to put on at least 10 miles on a ride but the terrain here is pretty steep so I feel it makes up for the shorter distance. I needed to get back and work on my water line.  I completely tore out the old and put in new lines to the house and a separate line for the stock and sprinklers. A section of the sprinkler pipe got tore up in the excavation. I’ve got everything back in place and am ready to re-seed the lawn. It will be  nice when it’s done for sure. In the meantime – every muscle in my body feels the effects of being on the business end of a digging bar for two weeks.

I got a lot accomplished in one day and spending my break with my critters topped it off the best way possible.

Trail Log: 3-28-2018

  • Trail: Weiser River Trail
  • Miles: 8.15
  • Ave. mph: 3.7
  • Max mph: 15.2
  • Riders: Self
  • Horses: Jack and J
  • Dogs: Hank and Shade

Notes: Another exercise run up the trail before my shoot this weekend. Sometimes my horses are like irritating siblings compelled to annoy each other. When we pick up speed they can’t help but pick at each other. I guess it’s all in fun but geesh – they about push each other off the trail or into a giant gopher hole.

Hank found him what I think was a muskrat. Horrid looking thing! He ate it! I made him leave it and thought it was all good…then looked back and he went back for it. When he caught up with me all that was hanging out of his mouth was the tail. *shudder* – he slurped it down like a spaghetti noodle.  I about lost my lunch off the side of my horse. Yuck…ick. *shudder*

Trail Log: 3-23-2018

  • Trail: Weiser River Trail – Presley to 2nd Green gate
  • Miles: 8.97
  • Ave mph: 3.7
  • Max mph: 14.7
  • Riders: Self
  • Horses: Jack and J’Lo
  • Dogs: Shade and Hank

Notes:  The herd/pack and I hit the trail between storms for some exercise. We saw a nice big doe, pheasants and lot’s of water fowl as usual. Hank spotted a rock chuck a good 1/4 mile away and run it down. He sparred with it for a while. I was beginning to think the vermin was going to get the best of him. Shade went to his aid, grabbed the rodent from him and snapped it’s neck. She dropped it at his feet and walked off like: “Amateur.” Hank proudly brought it to me. He looked a bit dejected when I wouldn’t let him bring it back to the truck with us.

Not all who wander are lost….