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.
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.
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: Weiser River Trail – Presley Bridge to Midvale
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.
Riders: Self – Ralph – Henry – Erica – Matt – Timmy
Horses: Jack – J’Lo – Rosie – Liza – Scarlet – Nevada – Joe
Dogs: Shade – Hank – Gee – Sage
Notes: Combining two days in to one log. My intent was to spend the first few days of my vacation getting my inner hermit on. Things changed when I lost my GPS the first day. Spent four days searching for it. It should not be that hard to spot so we assume somebody picked it up right away. There was a lot of traffic out there with hunting season and all. I have a hard time letting go, apparently. If it weren’t for needing to come back and get my place ready for my annual play-day, I’d still be out looking. I went back on horseback – foot and four-wheeler. It’s just not out there.
Notes: Last IMO ride of the year. The weather started out a little turbulent – some rain, hail and some say a little snow but we missed the snow part. By the end of the ride the weather was beautiful. We ran the course backwards – not entirely intentional to begin with – missed marker #2 and bypassed #5 before we realized we were headed to #4. When we realized what we did we went with it – picked up #3 – back to #2 and ended with #5. Found all our markers in 4 hours and 37 minutes. Dusty is recovering from open heart surgery and I’m still learning to read a topo map. By next year – we should be the team to beat!
Trail: Weiser River Trail – Presley to Train Landing beyond Big Trestle
Ave mph: 3.4
Max mph: 12.1
Riders: Self – Patty D.
Horses: Jack and Swindler
Dogs: No dogs – too far and too fast
Notes: Long trotted to Big Trestle in search of Beanee Weenee can I left there two years ago. Alas – it was gone. I’m thinking a hungry hobo ate it. Saw a lot of Canadian geese and discovered they cross breed with Snow geese and domestic geese creating a cool looking hybrid. Learn something new every day. Oh – and killed one rattle snake. It was striking at my horse but wasn’t buzzing as a warning. Kind of weird. It wasn’t big enough for my saddle so buried it’s head and gave it a proper funeral.
Notes: Starting to cool down so riding in the desert is pleasant. Turned into a fairly short ride – not enough water or shade for the dogs. I could tell Shade had enough and wanted to go back so we turned around early. Still a nice ride.
Notes: Indian head is a mere skip and a jump. I don’t know why I don’t ride up there more often. My friends Sharon and Ralph ride up there quite a bit. Since Sharon’s accident she hasn’t been riding. Ralph has been wanting to get out and ride so he took me along. Carried water for the dog since I wasn’t sure about the water situation. We came across several springs. Most of it is on private land but a nice place to ride when You don’t want to haul.