Yesterday we had our first 'day off' in five weeks ... and we intended to spend it on horseback, so after feeding breakfast to our guests (and literally kicking them out at 11:00 a.m.), we had planned on a LONG ride - as in three weeks we will be doing multiple long rides with a horse group staying with us - and had not done a lot in continuing conditioning, for either our horses or ourselves. Due to several surprise appearances of friends and relatives, including getting GunDiva's horse chiropractically adjusted, we managed to leave the lodge parking lot at 1:00 p.m., complete with lunches to eat at Calypso Cascades - our goal.
GunDiva went with us to exercise Washoe, her favorite Wonder Idiot, as she calls him. As usual, they started off with a few disagreements as to what is appropriate feeding technique while on a ride. (I know, he's 10, but he's still always hungry!) Our other horses are allowed to snatch a bite as we go along because that's exactly what they do; snatch a quick mouthful without stopping. Washoe has to bury his head in everything he thinks might be tasty; kind of like a salad bar.
This is what a glorious day it was! Yes, you see a bit of yellow on the trees; it is already getting close to freezing at night at this altitude.
The Park is doing a lot of repair work on their roads this summer, making some of the favorite spots less accessible ... and our trails more popular, so the Park installed an new latrine, just a few feet from the hitch rail.
A clap of thunder just before we arrived at our spot made us decide to go down the Wild Basin trail to avoid doubling back right into the storm. We had just started out when we saw more damage from last winter's wind storms.
We figured that was about the last of the excitement and the horses were quietly walking along the final part of the trail. I'm sure Jesse was half asleep when she caught sight of this....
All in all, it was a super day, with lots of unexpected surprises - especially the weather and perfect temps! I hope you all can enjoy some end of summer times before this short season ends.