Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pups and Ponies

I hauled Lily to my sisters' place at Colburn yesterday and did some riding, both in the arena and outside.  

Throughout her riding career, Lily has functioned much better as a solo horse than a groupie. That tendency became evident yesterday.

She met Kevin's new horse Lucky for the first time in the arena and basically took the new relationship all in stride, behaving better than usual, in fact, as we walked and jogged around and even crossed over the trail class bridge prop a few times.  

When we moved outside, however, and Lily spotted Lucky, only to watch him disappear from view, her usual "Lily behaving badly"  session began. 

How dare that horse stay out of my sight or walk away from me???  

That's pretty much the message Lily gives while nickering and prancing and maybe even some basic rearing.  

When horses in a group situation do anything that upsets Lily's routine, her demeanor changes and the "pleasure" of riding her turns unpleasant. 

So, when Lucky disappeared from her sight and the presence of Laurie's horse Pache---all of two feet away from her---failed to assuage Lily's hissy fit, Laurie and I rode forward until Lily settled down at which time I decided hit the ground on my own volition rather than on Lily's schedule. 

I found a hillside and dismounted, not without some knee pain from the shock of hitting the ground from that tall mare but certainly without the potential massive pain that could come from being dumped. 

Once Lily was loaded and happily munching on alfalfa in the trailer, I snapped some photos of my siblings enjoying their horses on some mini trail rides around the farm. Quite the colorful lot. 

Of course, I would have preferred having even more color in the picture, but it's not easy doing selfies with 10 seconds to hit the camera button and then race over and jump up on that 16-hand mare.  

For the record, the racing over and jumping up on Lily will never happen again in my lifetime, even if we're not doing a selfie. 

By the time we left my sisters' farm, the temperature had soared, and it was obvious a hot, summer afternoon would slow things down a bit. 

So, I changed into shorts, took it easy and took a few more photos of horses around the neighborhood. 

Later, Debbie brought Joe over to play with Liam.  Liam and Joe became instant buddies the moment they first met, and that friendship continues as the older dogs are content to sit and watch as they race around, roll around, tackle each other, only stopping when their moms tell them it's time. 

I should mention that the reason their moms decided it was time dealt more with hungry mosquitoes than frolicking pups. 

So, with tongues hanging out, Liam retired to the house while Joe went home for his beauty rest.  

Summer time. The livin' is easy and the critters are fun---most of the time. 

Happy Tuesday.  

Monday, June 27, 2016

Last-Minute Hike to Caribou Lake

Just guessing, but I might possibly have surpassed Annie in steps taken yesterday.  My Fitbit last night showed slightly more than 31,000 steps for the day.  So, we'll see if that assumption turns true. 

Reaching that all-time high since receiving the Fitbit from Annie as a Mother's Day-birthday present was hardly on the day's list of things-to-do.  

Instead, the numbers went up because Bill and I took a drive up Caribou Creek Road yesterday afternoon and then decided to hike to the lake.

Neither of us had been there in years, and Bill wasn't carrying his GPS, so we just had to guess that it would be about a 1.5-mile hike. 

It seemed like much longer since the trail goes mostly UP with several stretches covered with all sorts of good-sized rocks for klutzes like me to stumble over. 

We walked a long way with no rewards, i.e., nice views---just lots of leaves slapping our faces cuz the trail could use a good trim along the sides. 

For a time, I even considered turning around since with all that up would come all those downs on old, sore knees.  Bill, however, was thinking the same thing I was; in fact, I'm sure both of us had Annie's big achievement on our minds as we trudged up the hillside.

We both agreed that if we saw a big church or a cross up the trail, that could spur us on, but, in reality, we just let the vision of such an anomaly way up Caribou Creek guide us.

Actually, we both knew that eventually we were gonna see something just as pretty as the Cathedrals of Spain, and that would be breath-taking views of the Selkirks and even the Cabinet Mountains surrounding Bonners Ferry. 

The rewards came eventually after we reached a junction where the steep climb leveled off with a series of switchbacks leading to the lake. 

Our view of Roman Nose in the Selkirks was unlike the usual, and Bill pointed out Black Mountain and Clifty near Bonners Ferry. 

Bear grass was abundant; huckleberries were not, so occasionally hitting that empty plastic bucket with my walking stick simply scared off the bears and Bigfoot and any other critters lurking in the woods. 

We did see a fairly friendly chipmunk and a frog that thought it wanted to be scared when I stepped its way near the lake's edge but decided it would come back and stare at me. 

Twas a slow walk down for me because I do not want to crash to the ground, so I selected steps carefully as Bill moved on down the mountain without a care in the world. 

We hadn't planned the hike and I felt some reluctance along the way and we saw no churches or crosses spurring us onward, but we both are glad to have made that last-minute decision to play "pilgrim" along a North Idaho trail for a couple of hours. 

Mighty pretty up there in Caribou Lake country. 

Happy Monday. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

One Foot in Front of the Other . . . .

Thank you, Annie, for letting all your fans----friends, family and perfect strangers---enjoy the highlights of this impressive accomplishment, one key punch at a time.  

You have inspired us all.  www.adventuregirlannie.com

Other news back home in Idaho . . . a great birthday outing yesterday.  

Goodies, and I mean "goodies" from Pack River General Store, one sister, one husband, a son and daughter-in-law and three grandpuppies, along with beautiful scenery and "fruitful" hiking----all combined for another memorable outdoor experience. 

Doesn't get any better for birthday celebrations, especially when you're old. 

Enjoy the photos.