Trail Log: 11-18-2017

  • Trail: Stacy Creek
  • Miles: 4.22
  • Riders: Self – Jon
  • Horses: Jack – J’Lo
  • Dogs: Hank – Shade

Notes: A quick ride up Mann Creek to check on the Stacy Creek trail head. The water crossing was unsafe for equestrians. Our IMO team wants to put an IMO on up there this coming summer so we had the Back country Horseman¬† go in and fix the section of trail leading into the creek. It might wash out in the spring – but it’s a start.

Thanks “forgiving”

Thanks Forgiving

This isn’t exactly your typical Thanksgiving story. I woke the other night from a recurring anxiety dream I’ve had since I was a little kid. It concerned the mother of a childhood friend. I immediately woke up sobbing in a cold sweat and hammered this out at the keyboard. I did not pull any punches – pardon the offensive language and don’t read this unless you are in a rather dark mood. I debated posting it at all and only decided to in hopes it will end the dreams.¬† Names have been changed to protect the innocent from the evil.

Thanks Forgiving

 

Hiking Log: 11-12-2017

  • Trail: Succor Creek – Sage Creek to “The Twin P’s”
  • Miles: 2.07
  • 1.4 mph ave.
  • 2.9 mph max
  • Hikers: Self
  • Dogs: Shade – Hank

Notes: Unable to ride due to Jack being injured – we went on a hike above camp. Hiked up to and above “The Twin P’s. Saw a ton of chuckar – brought back memories of hunting up there when Spud was alive. Great hike – beautiful weekend just being a hermit.

Hiking Log: 11-11-2017

I’ve added a new category to log hiking miles in hopes it will encourage me to get out of the saddle and hike more. Before I started riding, I hiked a lot. I want to get back into shape before it’s too late.

  • Trail: Succor Creek – Sage Creek camp ground to “Gargoyle Rock”
  • Miles: 2.37
  • 1.8 mph ave.
  • 3.0 mph max.
  • Hikers: Self
  • Dogs: Shade – Hank

Notes: First entry in my “Hiking log” category. The dogs and I hiked up to a peak I now call “Gargoyle Rock.” The day after our hike I was glassing the area with my super-duper bino’s my dad got me and saw this HUGE creature on top the peak over a mile away. it was HUGE. I first thought it was a cougar – then maybe a large coyote – finally it moved enough it appeared to be a large bird (Eagle or turkey vulture). I have a good zoom on my camera. Snapped a shot of it and blew it up on my computer when I got home. Could be a large bald eagle-although it’s head, from what I could see – wasn’t white. A turkey vulture is big – but not that big according to Google. It was a good 3′ tall sitting up there. I’ve determined it was a gargoyle.

Trail Log: 11-11-2017

  • Trail: Succor Creek – Sage Creek camp
  • Miles: 1.62
  • Riders: Self
  • Horses: J’Lo – Jack
  • Dogs: Shade and Hank

Notes: Spent the weekend getting my hermit on. Jack had apparently gotten caught up in the fence and injured his back legs. We couldn’t ride much. I rode J’Lo and ponied Jack. It hurt him to put a lot of weight on his back end – stepping up or backing (like out of th trailer) bothered him. We took it slow and stayed on level ground for the most part.¬† I brought along my vet box. Spending the weekend in the desert and soaking his legs in cold Succor Creek really seemed to help. The swelling is all but gone and he’s running around like usual. Thank GOD and Succor Creek.