Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Lazy Week and a Beautiful Ride

Well last week was a whirlwind of riding and racing with the horses so we figured to give them a little break here. And once we got kind of used to doing nothing, darned if it didn’t kind of take over the week. I am not sure what we did this week but until today it is all kind of lost in the mists of time.

This morning though we were up and loading our horses by 7:30AM as we were off to join K, Theresa, Linda and David, along with two new friends Linda and Melanie on a ride around the Camp Creek area. Our first stop after getting going was the falls.


Then we just kind of wandered through the spectacular desert scenery. This is the kind of country that drew us and our horses to Arizona in the first place and riding with this group is getting us a chance to live our dreams.

And of course it wouldn’t be a trail ride without a trail lunch. So in the middle of a little snow squall we pulled up under this tree and set out our fixings.


Now these usually consist of a sandwich or some sliced meat, crackers and cheese, but today was a special ride and our quartermasters went all out on the menu. I will surely forget something but here goes, we had Fried Chicken, Baked Beans, Brie & crackers, Prosciutto Ham with cheese, Peanut Butter Brownies, Chocolate covered Strawberries, grapes, blackberries, pineapple, and the rest was lost in a fog of overindulgence. Now “K” had set this up so a certain someone would have a great lunch on this little ride but that someone didn't make it out with us, so we all enjoyed this unusual trail lunch and washed it all down with wine and hot chocolate. Glad I didn't miss it.


Once chow was finished we cleaned up the site, left a little for the wee folk and mounted back up to see a little more of the country. I have attached a link to the photo’s of this ride here, so slip over to the web album and enjoy the scenery.

Too soon we were back at the trailers and our ride was completed. We met some new friends, got some new stories and once again enjoyed the beautiful scenery this country has to offer.


You’ll notice when you look at the photo’s there are a lot of power lines in the background, now that is something about Arizona that has always driven the photographer in me nuts. Seems like I can’t get away from having a power line in the background. Turns out our friend “K” is the guy who is building them all, and maybe, just maybe, with his impending retirement we will not see so many in the future. Yah I know, no power line, no life as we know it but darn I wish they weren’t always in the pretty spots.


  1. I hear Gordon complain constantly about power lines when he want to take a photo. He thinks they should all be underground. I have to say I agree!

    I'm enjoying the photos your taking of your horseback riding in the desert. Sure looks like fun!

  2. With a tad bit of picasa work, those power lines will be gone forever! I know, it would be a lot easier if they weren't there.........

  3. Great scenery. Sure like the photos of the area. I can understand how you cherish every ride there.

  4. O man does that look like fun, lucky you. :) Enjoy

  5. What's with the snow squalls and heavy jackets? I thought it was supposed to be warm in the desert over there. :)

  6. That was a gourmet lunch for sure. Did you have to bring a pack mule along to carry it all?

    I'm not liking the sound of that snow in AZ. Here I'm worrying about running into it on our fast visit to SD and then maybe head south to AZ to CA and up the coast to OR and you've got snow there? Somethings wrong with that picture! ;c)

  7. I'm a kinda wondering where that Camp Creek area is....

  8. I hope that when I retire, I can eat as well as you! :-)

    Happy to hear you ate getting to enjoy some time on the horses and out in the desert.

  9. Nice ride, good food, time spent with old and new friends, beautiful pictures, What life should be all about. Have a great week.