Bill and I went for our first 'orange' ride today. Yep, it's time to haul out the safety orange to ride on the mountain; hunting season is in full bloom. We had a great little one hour trek down through a couple of our favorite aspen-changing areas: the trench trail (remember the meadow with all the aspens alongside on HCR?) and along Fox Creek. We were amazed to find that a good number of the trees have not only changed color,but also lost most of their leaves already. I guess the freeze we had a couple weeks ago, then the strong winds, have hastened things along in some places. This is about two weeks ahead of schedule.
I also had an amazing discovery with my horse, Washoe. He had to work as a 'schooling horse' at a clinic last week and the improvements in his movement are nothing short of wondrous. His trot has gone from choppy to smooth and floaty. Normally, I can't sit his trot bareback, and today is was actually pleasant. I was so surprised I sent him on a second trot session and it was indeed a joy to ride. This boy is turning into quite a horse!
When we rode back into the barn yard of the Livery, I got a bit of razzing about my choice of riding apparel. The always fashion conscious (male) wranglers thought my blaze orange vest (over my fuscia T-shirt) was a bit much! At least I didn't get shot at.