I know I've been more than a bit of a blog slug lately, but we have spent many hours scouring our trails, so we have gotten a good deal of riding in. I'm ashamed to say that although the riding has been wonderful, I still have been too depressed at the condition of our trails to want to write. Bill and I have always believed we had some of the most beautiful trails in the U.S. We still do ... but it's going to take some time to get them back in shape for novice riders.
"Compass" manages the Livery across the street and this is a real concern for her business, since probably a good 50% of her riders have never been on a horse before, so you want lots of good, safe trails. If anyone wants a conditioning challenge for your horse - other than altitude - now is the time to come!!! See? It's all about attitude! We love a challenge - so let's go for an adventure.
Ranger and Bill have made it, thanks to some scrambling. Trail condition? Gone. However, the trail down the other side looks totally unaffected. I'm sure any of you who have helped repair trails after storms have seen these anomalies before. So we cross Rock Creek, which is swollen considerably more than during any Spring runoff, and try to locate the beaver ponds.
Well, this ended this portion of our journey. We back-tracked back over the hill, back along Rock Creek, crossed a precarious spot that didn't use to look like this.
The rest of the way, we put the cameras away and concentrated on just enjoying the ride, and the beautiful day. We had focused enough on destruction and just needed the fresh air. Compass even had some jumping practice, over a log, that Eli didn't think was high enough to 'jump'. He kept cantering over it like it didn't exist and we all had a good laugh! We will find a way to get the trails in good condition next year. Mother Nature always seems to help heal these things; so be it. Hope you enjoyed our adventure; come along any time.