In which we go to camp and get a LOT of help from lots of our friends
When we pulled into camp, we were thrilled to see blueness in the sky above--the forecast was for steady rain through most of the week.
|The SS Illegible|
We did get rain while we were there, but rain on the Dry Side ain't like Swampland rain. There was enough water on the ground that we decided to re-route a few trails, but in general the weather shaped up mid-week and the trails were dry and fine by ride day.
|Will and Lisa un-gunked a creek crossing|
by removing rotten logs and scraping away mud
|Our motley family/trail crew|
|Just about to throw ourselves down the steep hill of the Little Fish trail|
|I snapped this picture just before Jennifer took a header off a|
rotten section of this stump. I didn't take a photo of that part. Ow.
|Mike removes a hazardous leaner tree|
We took it down before running more than 60 riders through there.
Jim and the kids had to drive back to the Wet Side during the week, but Luna and the horses stayed with me in camp.
|Luna is always helpful for keeping my feet warm at night in camp!|
She wasn't the only dog, of course...
|Rosie didn't capture the elk. Jennifer's other dog Surprise found the elk corpse|
in the woods somewhere, and grabbed this leg away from some very feisty ravens!
|Trail Princesses. All they need to complete the outfits are little tiaras.|
|"Welcome to ridecamp, Becky. |
This tool here is called a McLeod, and we're gonna show you how to use it!"
|Dr. Patty and the Usual Suspects (plus Luna)|
in their fancy living quarters horse trailer
so Meagan rode Rocky instead. She was very kind to do this thing, and she didn't stop smiling for at least 2 days.
Monica came to camp without a horse, but WITH a camera. Her task for the weekend: shoot a bunch of pictures to illustrate the Endurance 101 book!
|Dennis Summers illustrates a good method for teaching a green horse to cross water|
|Monica also functioned as a Draconic hitching post/carrot dispenser during a vetcheck|
|Trained stunt driver and rider on a closed course. Do not attempt this at home.|
|Ride manager Gail Williams and some dirty crew members|
And you know? It's good.