Showing posts from May, 2015

In which the joys of volunteering are espoused by somebody who knows

Is there anything better than getting really dirty... and fixing stuff that needs to be fixed?

I've been documenting our volunteer trail work at the Renegade Rendezvous ridecamp since 2009, with plenty of photos and explanations about what is needed to put this ride together every year.  

Renegade Rendezvous 2010  Best overview of what we do.  Also, a post about dogs in camp. Renegade Rendezvous 2011  Best photos here!  Lots of flowers! Renegade Rendezvous 2012  Lots of friends and family joined us Renegade Rendezvous 2013  Doing trail work when you can't walk is really hard Renegade Rendezvous 2014  Returning to camp in the sunshine--lots of work to be done!
It's a beautiful place to spend time with friends...and while we're up there in camp during the week prior to the event, we get a ton of work done to prepare the trails for the hordes of riders who will show up on ride day to share a long distance adventure with a horse on some of the prettiest trails you will ever see…

In which "couples therapy" is on hold, and I haven't written much

It occurs to me that I haven't actually written much about our winter Dressage for Endurance Riders lessons.

Contrary to what lytha says, dressage is not a crying sport.

That doesn't mean it's easy.  It's not easy.  But, hey.  
We are endurance riders.  We eat easy for lunch so we can get back out and ride another 25 miles.
Sometimes, even the warmups are difficult.

We've spent the whole winter improving our equitation.  Our posture is better.  Our legs are stronger.

But mostly, we communicate better with our horses now.

It's not always smooth.  Sometimes there is backsliding.

When it works, it really works.  We get lots of good feedback from Dory,

and lots of encouragement from everyone.

Lessons aren't just a way to pass the time while the weather outside is frightful.

Lessons help us take stuff like this...

...and this...

...and turn it into stuff like this.

We'll spend most of the good summer weather out on the trails, of course.
But come wintertime,…

In which we show that a weekend in ridecamp can be fun but not posh

Skipping ahead to the punchline: we finished our second ride of the year, 55 miles, at Mount Adams

But of course, the weekend isn't just about riding.

The weekend starts before we leave home!

Dory's trailer is bigger, and needs bigger tools to get things loaded.

When we get to camp, we unload the trailer and the truck.

Then it's time to set stuff up.  The horse corrals go up first, of course.
Then the people quarters.

Du's tent is pretty awesome.
I think it's also slightly larger than my first apartment. I opted to set up a bed in the horse trailer.
People have asked, so here's a bunch of pictures of the setup.