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Crazy Lady Creek

I wrote this 4.5 years ago after a bizarre encounter below Steck Park. The mystery was unsolved at the time I posted it. I’ve completed the story and republishing now to keep from repeating myself.

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Trail Log: 1-5-2018

  • Trail: Steck Park to Crazy Lady Creek
  • Miles: 6.02
  • Ave mph: 2.8
  • Max mph: 5.2
  • Riders: Self – Ralph
  • Horses: Jack and Rosie the mule
  • Dogs: Shade, Hank and Gee

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.

Trail Log: 1-1-2018

  • Trail: Succor Creek – Power Line Canyon
  • Miles: 6.87
  • Ave speed: 2.6 mph
  • Max speed; 3.3 mph
  • Riders: Self
  • Horses: Jack and J’Lo
  • Dogs: Shade and Hank

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.

Trail Log: 12-30-2017

  • Trail: Weiser River Trail
  • Miles: 4
  • Riders: Self
  • Horses: Jack and J’Lo
  • Dogs: Shade and Hank

Notes:  Took advantage of the roads being open and went for a short ride. I wasn’t sure the side roads would be clear. They were pretty good all the way to the base of the hill leading to the Presley Bridge trail head so I parked at the base on a wide spot. Rode Jack in and J out. Only had an a couple of hours to ride before sunset.  You take what you can get this time of year.

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.

Trail Log: 10-22-2017

  • Trail: Weiser River Trail – Presley Bridge to Midvale
  • Miles: 20.82
  • Ave. mph: 3.3
  • Max speed: 14.4
  • Time: 6 hrs. 12 min
  • Stop time: 12 min
  • Riders: Self – Ralph
  • Horses: Jack – Rosie the mule
  • Dogs: Hank – Sage

Notes: I’ve been wanting to ride from Weiser to Midvale on the WRT  and have lunch at the Country Cabin. Sharon dropped us off at Presley bridge and Ralph and I rode 21 miles into Midvale only to find the Cabin closed at 3:00pm. I guess I’ll have to d it again. And leave earlier.