Notes: Combining the weekend into one trail log. It’s all of a sudden decided to be winter around here. The wind chill makes riding a bit invigorating. We bundled up and made due
2-16-2018: The 16th – Blake and I hauled in to Twin Springs and rode toward Freezeout. True to it’s name – we got froze out and headed back to camp. Blake built a fire with the flint and steel on his survival bracelet and we split the cherry cheesecake I made us for our birthdays. Blake was super hungry – so he tossed a can of Beanee Weenees on the open fire. Unfortunately they exploded. He failed to pop the top on the can. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.
2-17-2018: It’s tradition – I have to ride on my birthday regardless of the weather. It wasn’t terribly cold but the wind was blowing hard enough you couldn’t hear yourself talk. Ralph and I hauled toward Twins Springs. I wanted to show Ralph the area and he wanted to get a few rides in before knee surgery. We lasted longer than Blake and I the day before at a short 7 miles. We met a rancher out gathering strays. He made the comment: “Aren’t we glad it’s not 30° in this wind?” It is good to remember it can always be worse.
Trail: Succor Creek – Power line loop – alternative
Ave mph: 2.9
Max mph: 8.3
Riders: Self – Karen K.
Horses: Jack – Jane
Dogs: Shade and Hank
Notes: 63° – in February. Wow. Everybody and their dogs were out – literally….some sort of hunting dog training going on. One group was training dogs on sheep. Interesting.
Karen and I headed out Succor Creek. Karen had never been there. She’s riding a new horse, “Jane”. She didn’t know what to expect from her. She was told she was good on the trail but that was about all she knew. Aside from getting a little excited at the water crossings – she did flawless. I don’t think she’d ever been through a water crossing and this route has a lot of them and they are not the easiest. With a little encouragement at the first two – she followed Jack through the rest of them calmly. She will make a nice trail horse and hopefully a shooting prospect down the road.
We cut it a little short as to end on a good note with a new horse and make it back to the trailers safe and sound. We didn’t get lost and nobody got bucked off. That’s success in my book.
Dogs: Left the dogs at home. They both got skunked. *pew*
Notes: it was a muddier than we expected. Not terrible and certainly not enough to keep it from being a nice ride – but muddy none-the-less.
We rode from the freeway exit to Loves Reservoir. The res has very little water. Not surprising with the lack of snow in the low hills this year.
Ralph and I joke about each having one good “get on” per ride. Meaning we can get on our horses without too much trouble one time per ride. There are quite a few gates on this route. I opened gates on the way in – Ralph opened them on the way out. A feat we would both brag about for years to come. Fortunately I rode J’Lo, who’s considerably closer to the ground than Jack.
We had a confrontation with a wire gate that could have been a heck of a wreck had Rosie not been an awesome mule. I got off to open a dilapidated barbed wire gate. Ralph led J’Lo through on Rosie. Rosie is a little afraid of J’Lo – she stepped sideways to keep her distance and stepped into the barbed wire gate. She stood perfectly still until Ralph and I positioned the wires so she could step on through without getting tangled. A good mule like Rosie is worth her weight in gold.
Dogs: No dogs – we wanted to stop off at the Country Coffee Cabin for lunch so left the dogs at home.
Notes: Rode from Shoepeg to Midval and had lunch at the Coffee Cabin. We’ve had a lot of rain and it’s been very soggy on the trails. We opted to ride the Weiser River Trail since it’s pretty much like concrete and doesn’t get slick or soggy. Great Thelma and Louise kind of day!
Notes: Not as nice today as it was yesterday but for January – I have no complaints. The fog lifted about the time we got back to the trailers. I rode Jack and ponied J’lo. I was glad to be riding Jack – It was pretty slick with moisture from the low fog. That horse is a mountain goat.
We stopped in Adrian at the Mirage for pie and tea/coffee because dang it, we deserved it.
Notes: Another unusually nice day for January. It was 56° in the Owyhee’s according to my truck and it’s usually pretty accurate. I know I was over-dressed and ended up peeling off layers. Blake rode his new colt for the first time outside the round pen/arena. She did crazy good. It’s a fairly easy trail – but it does have some technical spots, especially some of the creek crossing. One crossing had a bright yellow hose floating next to the exit bank. There was no way around it. Even J’Lo snorted at it. I thought for sure this was where the rodeo was going to happen. Fortunately – both horses did fine with it.
Notes: Unbelievable January weather for Weiser. The gravel road to Steck Park campground and boat dock was clear all the way with a few spots of broken snow/ice. No problems hauling. Last year at this time I couldn’t haul out of my driveway.
Notes: Every good cowgirl knows the only way to ring in the new year is on the back of a good horse. January 1st. 2018 was probably the prettiest New Year ever. Bright blue sky and sunshine all day. It got to the upper 30’s in the Owyhee’s. I put out a spur of the moment post for people to come ride. Not entirely surprised there were no takers. Nothing wrong with getting your hermit on and hitting the not so dusty trail solo. I was especially happy with Shade. She’s getting to the age where she should be slowing down a little. Sometimes I can tell she’s just not feeling it and wants to make a short trip or stay at the trailer. Today she led the way and ran circles around the rest of her pack. Jack and J’Lo both seemed happy to be out. There were a few slick spots in the canyons where the sun doesn’t hit – but both ponies navigated the trail like the seasoned mountain horses they are. We had under 4 hours to ride before it got dark and cold on us. The 1.5 hour turnaround spot – with an hour to kill for lunch and goofing around – ended up at the creek crossing. I swapped horses here and rode out. Beautiful day spent with my favorite tribe members. 2018 is going to be a great year.