Jun 24, 2010

Horse Camping & Other Musings

Since 2005, the Horsetales group has had an annual ride each Father's Day weekend. It has morphed more into a Platte River Riders group than Horsetales, but there is always some crossover. This year, we planned to go to Indian Cave near Shubert.

The rains have made planning impossible. Indian Cave is very hilly and if wet, not very fun. The forecast did not look promising. So at the last minute, we changed plans and instead of driving 2 hours to Indian Cave, drove just 30 minutes to Branched Oak Lake. If we got rained out there, at least it wasn't a 2 hour drive home.

The weather gods surprised us and we had a pleasant weekend. Even sweatshirt weather one morning! It was so good to have Case riding with us again, albeit Butter was quite a handful for him on this brisk morning. There were about 20 some riders throughout the weekend. Good friends & of course, good food. The rain finally did arrive on Sunday morning. Luckily, not a huge storm. I tore down camp in my raincoat and we were home early Sunday morning.

I'm not sure what this group was looking at, but I really liked the colors in the pictures.


It's been a really busy week at work. Just got about a half-hour of horse time in tonight. Windy and I sprinted down the road and back, just under 3 miles. Now that the rain has quit, the mosquitos are as big as small birds and were on attack. Windy was sprayed; I wasn't - so I seemed to serve as the buffet line for the nasty bugs.

Book Review

I just finished listening to the audio book Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I know, most of you probably read this a couple years ago. It takes me awhile! But it was worth the wait! What a wonderful book! For those who haven't read it, the book takes place in the early 1930's. It centers around a young vet student who, following an unexpected tragedy, joined the circus. I loved the circus charactors and the rapport he had with the animals. And, it had a nice ending. If you haven't read it (or listened to it), it's worth picking up. I hear there will be a movie in 2011.


  1. Glad you have a nice camping/riding trip over the weekend. Great pictures.

    I read that book a while ago and it's one of the better ones. Hadn't heard they were making a movie of it, I'll be looking forward to that.

  2. That's another book I've been meaning to read for a while, too. Thanks for letting us know what you thought.

    Glad you had a terrific time!

    Apache and I are going on our first horse camping trip together soon. I'm so excited! I've wanted to do this for such a very long time.


  3. Lisa - yes, read it. What a great, great book!


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