In which Duana fledges and flies (and also trots and canters some)
Du texted me:
The bird has left the nest.
Repeat: The bird has left the nest.
|First time hitching, loading, and hauling her own horse solo.|
Our Duana and Hana have come a very long way from that first ride back in 2011. Lots of trail miles, lots of arena work, and lots of time have given this pair a bunch of confidence they didn't have before.
These days, they are a great team.
When the text arrived, Fiddle was ready.
|Toss me the keys, I'll drive!|
Sunshine on Easter morning at the trailhead: it will either be wall-to-wall, or we'll have the place to ourselves.
|We weren't the only trail users, but pretty close.|
We wanted to do some exploration.
|Such a pretty day. Let's see if we can get lost....|
With just two people and two horses, it's easier to go a bit off the usual course. Large groups have chaos inherent, there's no need to seek more.
|We practice our dressage lessons on the trail now|
We followed our usual track for the first 11 miles.
|Mostly sunny skies|
|Up through the clear cut|
|This is a tiny bit of trail that connects two logging roads|
We needed to find the route around the tiny bit of trail.
When I saw our friend Linda at the trailhead last week she described the alternate route.
|Follow the main logging road all the way and turn right on 15th|
|(This is 3-4 miles further on the logging road than we usually go)|
It included some REAL road, which Fiddle hates.
|Duana was busy pretending we were on equi-tour of the Loire Valley|
The road is not a busy one but we were passed by a Canadian tour bus (?!?!) clearly lost. We were miles from the freeway and the malls!
|Turn right on 300th, and follow (not far) to the dead end.|
At the dead end, we found a familiar gate, and we were back on home trails again!
|We ride this trail every week!|
When she knew we weren't lost, Fee picked up the pace again.
|Hana can keep up with her large friend|
most of the time, but I sometimes hear her
cussing when Fee jets ahead up a hill
On the way out to the monument, we ran into Linda and Count. Last year I was lucky to see them once a month, but we've run into them on the trails three times in the last week!
|She was pleased that we followed her directions and didn't get lost|
Up to the monument for a quick lunch break.
|Rain clouds approaching|
|Eat like an endurance team so we can beat the rain|
back to the trailhead!
|Fiddle helps trim the edges around the monument|
We made it almost all the way back before rain started falling.
|20.22 miles in 4:17, including lunch and orientation delays. Not bad!|