Monday, July 22, 2019

Weekend Wrap


We made it back to Boulder Meadows yesterday with four more people and three more dogs than what went with Bill and me on Friday.

Our friend Nancy, an avid trail rider, had never seen the meadows.

It's always a treat to be with anyone who experiences this glorious place for the first time. 

While Bill and Willie walked along the creek and did some fishing, Barbara, Laurie, Nancy and I walked the trails, stopping frequently for photos. 

On our way back, we met a man from Sandpoint with his young dog.  He was hoping to walk a loop through the area.

Other than him and a couple on a motorcycle who sat visiting in the parking lot, we had the place to ourselves. 

Later, we sat around the fire pit, nibbled on food and did some of our own visiting. 

It's a long, long way in to Boulder Meadows on the Twenty Mile road which gets bumpy from time to time.

 AND, it's just as far back, but well worth the drive. 

Along the route, we saw some nice huckleberries along the roadside and some great views of the Selkirk Mountains.  

Would you believe:  no smoke!

We've grown accustomed to the haze or lack of visibility in the past couple of years, thanks to forest fires. 

So, it was a treat to see those mountaintops clearly.  Hope this trend of no smoke, no fires continues. 

Life, on this Monday morning, is returning back to normal after two weeks of preparing for horse-related activities. 

We finished up the 4-H horse show yesterday morning with Terra winning another top blue in a walk-trot equitation class.  

She took her helmet, which has been hanging in the barn for three years, home.  

I don't think she's in any way finished with riding Lefty, but the Bodes have a Norwegian Fiord horse coming to their place for a year's stay.

So, Terra and family members can saddle up Tillie and enjoy some riding at home. 

Today I'll get back to picking blueberries and raspberries and mow my messy lawn.  Breezes have been blowing the past few days, leaving a carpet of residue throughout the yard. 

I'll also be waiting to hear from Loretta about our hay, and that will mean calling some young men to put it in the barn.

Hoping the coordination all goes well, and, like our friend Nancy said yesterday, a big annual stress will be lifted. 

Fingers crossed for good luck. 

At week's end, Annie comes home again to see the Julyamsh powwow where our extended family member and Lily's new best friend Jade is running for Miss Coeur d'Alene. 

We're all excited for Jade and equally excited to see another colorful and mesmerizing display of Native American culture.  

It begins Friday and runs through Sunday at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d'Alene.  If you're in the area and have never seen a powwow, I encourage you to go. 

And, so it's off to the yard and the berries and the watering and Liam barking at the hose.   

Yep, life is back to normal today.  

Note the announcement of Connie's blog below. 

Happy Monday. 

My friend Connie offers a story of abundant and free water . . . with a price:

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Fun and Faces at the Horse Show

Twas a long day at the Bonner County 4-H horse show yesterday with the customary "hurry up and wait," but those sessions were highlighted by lots of fun moments of visiting with people and, of course, an abundance of people watching. 

Terra and Lefty did well in showmanship---a top blue in their segment of the intermediate age group.  In the championship round, Judge Monty Collison praised the competitors for "the best class of the day."

Plus, the Gold n' Grouse 4-H group did very, very well overall in their various age groups.  As I've said before, they are blessed with great leaders and dedicated, supportive parents. 

We'll be going back today for Terra to ride in one class, and then we'll head back home, hopefully in time for our family members and friends to set off on a visit to Boulder Meadows. 

Once again, the satisfaction of playing a small part in the development of youth has been very rewarding. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Terra and admiring her quiet but dedicated approach to learning new skills, perfecting those already established and especially developing a wonderful relationship with her horse. 

Terra and Lefty are kindred spirits, I do believe.

In addition, the opportunities to hang out with all those great kids and their families at the 4-H activities has been so good for the soul and equally fun. 

Thanks, Terra, the Bode's and all the 4-H'ers for all these wonderful experiences and special moments.

Once again, it's been a great experience. 

Happy Sunday.    

Former SHS Ponderette and student Susie Syth came to watch the grandchildren.
                                                                                      --Photo by Phil Balch

A mini reunion of sorts, and then I found out why:  the Sandpoint Class of 1979 held its 40th-year reunion this weekend.  Fun catching up with Mark Perry, Patti Bennett and Mike Perry. 

                                                                             ---Lisa Ailport photo

Good beards:  Rod Berget and Trent Bode

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Saturday Slight

It was bathing day for Lefty at the Lovestead yesterday. 

 So, Terra came around 10, and spent two hours practicing showmanship, touching up her hoof sanding project and giving Lefty his bath (pictures at the bottom). 

Lefty spent the rest of the day and night covered with his horse blanket and sleezy (which goes over his face and neck.

With luck, this morning, Terra will just have to do some cleaning on his lower legs and hoofs before doing the final touches for showmanship. 

After the bathing operation was complete, Bill and I took our maiden trip in the new pickup. 

We drove to Boulder Meadows east of Naples, where the skies opened and, once more, rain began to fall. 

Having driven all that way, we wanted to hike for at least a few minutes.  Finally, the rain let up for a minute, and off we went.

Turned out to be wet again as we walked the trail through that lush green area, dotted with an array of colorful AND clean wildflowers.  

Sadly, this year much of the our route was infested with hawk weed, which seems to be enjoying a banner year this year. 

We also met Merle from Troy, Mont., his sister and two nice young men visiting from California.

Merle was on a mission to find Inscription Rock (explained below).  Bill gave him some directions, and, after a short visit, off they went. 

Our visit yesterday was much too short, so we're hoping, after tomorrow's horse show to make another trip up that way with family and friends. 

I've often said, after every trip to Boulder Meadows that it is one of the most beautiful, pristine spots in North Idaho.

I think many would agree. 

Anyway, a hectic day lies ahead. 

So, enjoy the photos.

Also, Happy Moon Walk Anniversary. 

Our family watched the historic event at Bert and Esther Lines' house on this day in 1969.

Apparently, our TV wasn't working so well, so we spent the afternoon visiting with the Lineses and then went into the house to watch the happening. 

I'll never forget Bert, who could be pretty rough and tough, watching as Neal Armstrong stepped onto the moon, emotionally uttering, "God bless him." 

Happy Saturday. 

Maybe today, it won't rain!

Bill and I visited Inscription Rock while hiking around Boulder Meadows in 2014.  You can see a hint of writing toward the top of the rock in the middle. 

Tale of Inscription Rock from a geocacher's log . . . .

This cache is located at a little known land mark called "inscription rock" located in Boulder Meadows. I am not sure when I first visited this rock as Boulder Meadows was a destination for many overnight horseback trips. One of the highlights of these trips was to ride to the rock and read the words that are written upon it: "Jesus, In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; " Ephesians 1:7 KJV

Today the words on the rock are very faint, but if you look closely you can make out a few letters. One of our reasons for placing this cache is to preserve this piece of history that is unfortunetly fading away.

From the stories I have been told, this Bible scripture was placed here by a Sheep Herder some time in the 1920s. It is very possible this could of been a Basque Shepherd.

 The old timers tell stories of sheep being unloaded off of trains at the Samuels landing then herded up Grouse Creek into the Boulder Creek Meadows where the sheep would summer. In later years Boulder Meadows was also the summer home for cattle.

 The last herds in the area being owned by Vern Coon. There are several trails into the Boulder Creek area, but the most direct driving route is to take the twenty mile creek road off of highway 95 just North of Naples, Idaho. 

Follow road to the Boulder Meadows trail head. (Be sure to log into the Boulder Meadows cache while you are there) From trail head take trail 51 to trail 155 and follow GPS to ground zero while staying on this main trail. 

Be prepared to walk on water as there is three creek crossing along this trail. This trail is in good condition and there are no steep grades. 

Other route would be to follow GPS directly from trail head to cache sight. (be prepared for some bushwacking if you choose this way) Cache is a plastic container with a screw on blue lid and holds your typical cache treasures.