Monday, March 31, 2014

Horsin' around with Shannon

WindDancer learning to jump... Kind of.

Shannon and Twiggy

A ride across the hill.

Up on the top of our property.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Northwest Horse Fair and Expo 2014 in Albany, Oregon

It has been a busy few days for me lately. Last Thursday I picked Jane up from the Portland airport and we proceeded to set up the Cornucopia Lodge booth for the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo in Albany, Oregon. I know that my booth can be a pain to set up (and take down) but I love it and I’m thankful Jane puts up with my antics.  After checking into the hotel we hit the hay. Or so I thought… Apparently I was singing in my sleep. (I’m so sorry Jane!)

Friday we headed to the expo and tried to get people interested in the lodge and coming to stay with us during the summer. We had lots of interest considering it was the first day of the show so that was good. In the afternoon my dad and Bobbi dropped by to see the booth and explore the expo. After a tiring day on our feet Jane and I meet my dad and Bobbi at Novaks, a fabulous Hungarian restaurant. But really. If you are in Albany eat at Novaks. The rest of the night was good, although I didn’t sleep well - but alas another day at the expo waited.

Saturday was a blur in terms of talking to people and passing out bags with brochures and samples. We met some really great people and hopefully we will get to see some of them at the lodge this summer if they book. Sunday the expo was especially slow. I think the fact that it was warm and spring break didn’t help an event that was, for all practical purposes, indoors. Still, it was a good expo for the lodge to attend.

Let’s see… what else happened? I got to talk with Mitch Hoover from MJ Rising Ranch. I spent time talking with my friend Lea from PayneWest Insurance. I got an Outback Trading jacket embroidered with Cornucopia Lodge – it’s black with purple lining. Very fun. Bought a cowhide. Didn’t sleep a whole lot. And overall had fun with Jane. It was a busy, but very good, few days.

AND I got a cinch! But not just any cinch, one that Jane hand made for me. I am so in love with it. Part of me wants to use and part of me wants to hang it on my wall. It’s amazing. I am so excited. Thank you Jane! (Side note: I tell Jane she is fantastic all the time… but she really is. I hope she knows it.)

My beautiful cinch!!

Now I think its time for dinner and then bed. I am ready to hit the sack. I think Scout would agree with that statement, he looks content now that I am home.  Oh and I do apologize for any spelling or grammatical mistakes in this blog post. I am tired enough I’m not even going to proof read it.

Waterfalls Round Two

Here is round two of the waterfalls from my drive on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Plus a photo of the gorge, an over-edited photo of the Vista House, and some scenery.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Historic Columbia River Highway

The Columbia River Highway is my new favorite road in the Pacific Northwest.  I absolutely love it! Right now I Ridgefield Washington visiting my sister Lisa, but before I made it here I took a little detour off I-84 onto the historic and beautiful Columbia River Highway.  I only drove half of my route today and on the way back to Union I plan to hit up the remaining section of road.

The whole reason for this detour? Waterfalls. I was inspired by my friend Jill who recently did a road trip with her husband Ian and they went to the most amazing waterfalls. As a native Oregonian I felt it was my duty to also visit these amazing falls. On the way back I plan on visiting the falls I didn't get a chance to see today.

Below are photos of Horsetail Falls, Multnomah Falls, and Wahkeena Falls. As well as a few smaller falls. I missed Oneonta Falls, but maybe I'll catch it on the way back.

Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls

Horsetrail Falls

Lower Multnomah

Random side waterfall.

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Wahkeena Falls

Wahkeena Falls

Tomorrow I'm going to get Jane from the airport then set up our booth for the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo. The expo runs from Friday through Sunday. We will be advertising the lodge and all of our great summer adventures.

For now though I'm going to hang out with my sister Lisa and enjoy some delicious pizza!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Horseback Riding Through Cove

Thanks to Shannon for organizing this fun ride through Cove and up high valley.  I got to meet new people, ride WindDancer, and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Deer on the Ridge

Sweaty WindDancer

Following the Crowd

Going through the Drive-Through 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Team Driving Round Two

Yesterday (Wednesday) I got the opportunity to drive mules again with Darice over in Richland. I just love driving and I love that I am learning this art. I am so thankful for Darice's expertise and the fact that I am to have this wonderful experience.

I hope that Darice and Jim don't mind, but I am borrowing some of their photos (and videos) to post on here.

Harnessing the Mule Team

Driving Past the old Richland School House

Ben and Katie (Katie did most of the pulling)

Heading Down the Road

Ground Driving Katie and Ben

Ground Driving Katie and Ben

And now for two videos...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Kiwi's First Time Saddled

Yesterday I saddled little Kiwi for the first time. She was wonderful. I expected flinching, bucking, shifting, anything like that... but she just stood there and let me put the saddle on. I had to do a fair amount of cinch adjusting (because she is so small) and she still stood there. Like she had done it a hundred times. Here's a little video I put together. Proof I saddled her and she didn't freak. )

Monday, March 3, 2014


I'm pretty sure that 'slush' isn't a technical weather term, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's slushing outside. That is, wet heavy snow falls from the sky and turns to rain just as it hits the ground. This slush is really throwing our snowpack off and I hope it doesn't affect the summer because I don't want another dry dirt summer. 

Today I headed off the hill in the slush to get fuel. So many diesel cans... 

The plus side of the day was playing with Kiwi. Even though it was raining I worked with her. Haltering is still the biggest challenge but once it is on she's a sweetie pie. I brushed her out (as much as someone can in the rain), picked up feet, and did desensitizing.  I'm really excited to see what summer brings for us.

Kiwi in the Rain

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Welcoming in March with Snow

Today is the first day of March 2014 and we have fresh snow!  Currently at the lodge we have an (almost) full house... which means a whole lot of cooking. I've been making stuffed flank steak, apple pork, and tonight chicken cordon bleu.

Right now the sledders are out enjoying the snow and they should be having lots of fun!

Snowmobiles in Front of Cornucopia Lodge

Polaris Sled in Front of Cornucopia Lodge

All Lined Up and Ready to Go

Special Cracker

I'm dreaming of summer. As I was looking through my photos I realized that my horse Cracker is really special. At least she makes special faces. So here is a little collage for you: