Monday, October 13, 2014

Boring Old Life

Right now I'm getting ready to head into Baker with Windancer and Quincy to get their coggins test and health certificate. I think I'm going to send them to California for the winter. Window to heal and Quincy to sell. While Quin is a great horse we just don't "jive" and Windancer has a couple really bad abbesses and some shin splints that need to heal in a drier climate.

I've got a big to-do list between today and tomorrow that include cleaning my truck, prepping for the snowmobile expo this weekend near Seattle, taking the horses to the vet, cleaning, getting clothes washed and packed up, going to a snowmobile club meeting tomorrow night, mailing some stuff, picking up packages, then on top of that I need to go pull our summer camp at East Fork.  (I'm going to take all the mules that haven't been used lately and maybe ride Spirit or Payton up to that camp.)

Time to go clean out garbage and head to town. Hopefully nothing takes too long at the vets and I can be back here to continue to work on my to-do list.

Whew. It's a long day!

Friday, October 10, 2014


I made a website because my dad said I should. Check it : Backcountry Katlin

Let me know your thoughts/ideas/etc.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Unique Things in My Life

We call the grocery store in Halfway to find out what is happening in town or where someone might be.

In the winter 32 degrees in warm.

I can tell how warm it is outside by how many tries it takes the generator to start up.

Driving from Cornucopia to Baker City means driving from high alpine forest to farmland to sage brush and back to farmland.

I can tell which truck and trailer belongs to which rancher.

I've switched from 'heat' to 'A/C' and back in the same day. And changed from snow boots to regular shoes and back in the same day.

The seasons are: Almost winter. Winter. Summer. And dust.

If it doesn't have snow or hasn't recently erupted it's not a real mountain.

Driving on the freeway in snow is no big deal. In fact, I can put chains on all 4 tires in a little over two minutes.

I measure distance in hours. (30 minutes to the post office. An hour and a half to Safeway.)

If you call the wrong number it's ok. They'll give the right number. Or you'll end up having a lengthily conversation with a complete stranger.

The Feed and Seed (gas station) knows everyone by name. And everyone has a charge account.

It seems like everyone is related to everyone. Except us.

I spend most of the winter shoveling snow.

Can't pass a road grader because the on coming traffic is a tractor.

When we go to town, no one asks us where we live or what we do. They all know we live 'up the mountain' at Cornucopia.

When other people ask were we are from and we automatically tell them the larger town near by. (Baker City).

Making it home with warm takeout is impossible. We always end up re-heating it.

I live in a ghost town and have faster internet than most people I know.

Here's one for you. We have weird names in Oregon. Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Umpqua, Yakima, Willamette, Wallowa, Umatilla, and Cayuse.

And those are just some unique things about my life...


I love my horse.

Just an Update

This week we had a women's spa ride at Cornucopia Lodge. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work. There were two highlights of the week for me; the first was spending time with Jane and the second was getting a facial. I loved that!

Hunters came out. Hunters came in. Rides went in and out. And everything went off well.

Saturday, September 13, 2014