Saturday, July 19, 2014

Neglected Blog

My poor neglected blog. I have not forgot about you! I've just been extremely busy.

Since July 1st, my last post, summer has been in full swing. Wilderness Horse Camp has been busy and filled with young girls who are thrilled to be riding horses in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.  On July 4th I participated in the Haines Rodeo doing the cowhide race with a young guy that works for us. It was a crazy event and although we had fun, we didn't win. The darn cowhide broke!

Sometime after the fourth Jane and her husband arrived to spend a few quite days at the lodge before we hosted a 40 Something Cowgirl ride. It was a crazy, fun, maddening, hectic, enjoyable weekend. My favorite part was getting to spend time with Jane while she was here from California.

After the 40 SC's left, Jane and I went to Wallowa and I bought my very own mule team! I am so excited and thrilled to have a team. They are fabulous and have been perfect so far. I've renamed them Kit and Kat. Like the candy bar, KitKat.

I've also had the chance to ride with Darice and also go over to her place to practice with Kit and Kat.

I'll try to do a better job at blogging and posting photos!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Clearing Trail and Setting up Camp

Yesterday, my goal was to clear some trail with my fabulous friend Darice (who has been teaching me to drive mules).  But, before I even got the day started, I determined that if I was going to head all the way up East Fork I might as well take the camp up and get it set up too.

The morning started out by saddling six mules and rushing around to put together a backcountry camp. We finally got all the mules packed and loaded and started up the trail, although it was far later than I had anticipated.

There was a lot of sawing and moving of trees, but also a good share of laughter. I am so thankful that Darice was willing to come up and help me clear trail and set up the camp. (Even if I did manage to suck up a piece of bailing twine with the chainsaw and cause it to malfunction.)  East Fork camp is basically setup, but I'll have to go up again and cut some new tent poles. The snow this last winter was incredibly heavy and not only broke off numerous tree tops, but also demolished my second tent frame pecker poles.  The joys of winter continue into summer.

The long day ended with hamburgers at the lodge and Darice heading off the mountain. I might have a few blisters, but I'm certainly glad I can (semi) cross one thing off my list. Again, thank you to Darice. I appreciate your help immensely!

For now it's a warm shower and then off to bed.