Saturday, June 28, 2014

Days Fly By

Sometimes the days fly by so fast I can hardly keep track of them. June 12th I headed down to Sacramento to set up the Cornucopia Lodge booth for the Western States Horse Expo.  The first thing I noticed was the weather... its 's warm in California! I loved it.  I did get "slightly" lost getting to the actual expo center, but other than that hiccup setup went well.

Mount Shasta

Jane and I had a good show, although at times it was rather slow.  I did enjoy walking around and meeting different people. Plus I got the chance to watch some of the draft horse driving. It was amazing!
Jane working the booth.

Cal crush wagon

I love staying at Jane's house and she's such a wonderful person! Plus one of my favorite things is waking up in the morning to a brilliant cup of hot chocolate from her.  Simply divine.  I was a little sad to go back to the lodge and back to "real life," but I'll never get tired of riding my horses.  One day I'll just have to go down and take a vacation to Jane's. (If she'll have me!)

After the expo, I jumped right into summer business. The first major event was supplying the horses for the Baker County Mounted Youth Posse Ride.  It's always a little hectic but nothing went terribly wrong and my horses performed beautifully.  I sure do have a good group of horses.

Getting everyone mounted up for the Baker County Youth Posse Ride.

The first week of Wilderness Horse Camp started last Sunday and it's been a long week. The counselors are learning the ropes and the weather has been a little spastic. (Sun then thunderstorms.)  There's still a fairly long to-do list at Horse Camp, but I'm confident I can get it done before the next camp starts... which is this Sunday.

Somewhere in the middle of all this Darice and her hubby came up with their son Eli and we went riding up to the Union Companion Mine.  It was a little rainy but still a really enjoyable ride!

Oh yes. Last but not least, did I blog about the annual Panhandle Snowmobile Club Poker Dinner? Because I cooked  an amazing chicken cordon bleu for over 50 people.  It was glorious chaos.


Now I'm off to try and complete more items on my massive todo list. I'm a little stressed with all that has to be done, but that is life.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Crater Lake

Wizard Island

I can finally cross this one of my bucket list! Today I got the chance to visit Crater Lake, in southern Oregon. Currently, I'm headed to the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento California (to set up a booth and advertise the lodge and horse camp). Rather than do the drive through Nevada in one day, I decided to take two days and go through southern Oregon, thus allowing me to make a slight detour to Crater Lake.

Crater Lake - So Blue!

There is still snow in some places around Crater Lake but it is so beautiful! And much larger than I had imagined. I was surprised how busy it was, but I guess it's a huge tourist attraction so that is to be expected.

For those of you who don't know, Crater Lake is a 2,148 deep caldera that was formed by the collapse of the Mount Mazama volcano. Crater lake is the deepest lake in America and has two island, Wizard Island and Phantom Ship. Fun fact, if you have an Oregon vehicle you can select Crater Lake as your license plate rather than the standard tree.

Beautiful Crater Lake, Oregon

Tonight I'm staying in Klamath falls and perhaps tomorrow I'll finish listening to the audio book I've been indulging in (A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson).

Sunday, June 1, 2014


I've determined I hate moving. In every way possible. Not only do I hate to think the ranch won't be ours anymore but I hate the process of packing boxes.  Up at Cornucopia it's a process of trying to find enough storage for everything. Which is a challenge in itself.

Yesterday we took a short ride up to the Union-Companion Mine. There were only a few snow drifts along the way but I was able to get up pretty high given it was the end of May. It threatened to thunderstorm on us but never did so I went out and put up some fence. Wasn't exactly easy by myself but I got it done!  Today I'll move trash and tomorrow I'll bring up more horses.

I know this is a short post, but I just wanted to make sure that y'all didn't think I fell off the world!