Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"Quest for the Crest!"

The Desert Rose has a dirty little secret that she feels safe enough with all of you now... to keep her secret. I have been intrigued by the Pacific Crest Trail for years now! ( from now on cowgirls, it's the PCT!!!) I dreamed about riding through the high pacific coast mountains from Mexico at it's beginning, to Canada... it's bitter cold end. So much so that I began investigating and found that from my lowly desert dwelling I could... within less than one hour, be at "A" PCT trail head! OMG!!! Is that "unfuckingcowgirlbelieveable!" (50 cents in the cuss jar...it was a long word!)

I have to tell you though now that...I am not a PCT Virgin. Yes.... this is a hard thing for me to say!!! I was... fortunate enough to ride a segment of the" PCT last year till a "BIGFUCKINGTREE" (25 cents in the cuss jar!) stopped us after 2 1/2 hours into the trail. Well it made for a GREAT 5 hour round trip ride...however I do not have any digital pictures from that ride. After that ride, I went on to Amazon and ordered several books to read up on it! I am not going to bore you NOW with it's history, I am just going to take you for a ride on the PCT!

Although Jesse is not quite awake...The Desert Rose has been up since 5am to ride the PCT!!!!
Isn't this beautiful???? This map shows the S CA PCT !!!
Another view for you to see!
As usual...Little Lady's butt is ahead of us!!!!

This is what we see in the distance!
Getting closer to the rocks!

We have been gradually climbing on this nice wide sandy trail for about 45 minutes now and are getting to the rock formations!
Here is our first obstacle...Jesse asked me how I expected him to squeeze his big quarter horse butt in between that big rock on the right and the log to the left. I told him if he could not go by it he will have to go over it!!!

Passing by "Penis Rock"!
Jesse tries to peek around the corner...snakes are out these days!!!
Time for a mimosa pick me up!!! See the big tree behind the Bossman that has been nicely removed from the trail!!! We have passed many such trees all sawed up off the side of the trail...sometimes the tree is still there and we have to go over or around it. The term for this is "blow down".
Those mimosa catch up with you fast and I needed a pit stop. Caution...do not pee on a rattle snake, it pisses them off! LOL
So here it is...the BIGFUCKINGTREE (25 cents in the cuss jar) that stopped our ride last year! It is in a very bad spot on the trail, but at least is has been cut and moved off the trail as best as can be.
We climb to the top of the hill to branch off on our lunch trail.

Jesse and I are in the lead so I turn and get a shot of the Bossman and Little Lady!

We are headed down to the group of Oak tress down below, about a mile ride.

Jesse's bridle is hanging on the sign!

Little Lady and Jesse rest in the shade!

The Bossman sets the "log table"!

OH OH...what are you 2 kids doing???
Oh horse shit Jesse...your mom caught us chewing on the tree!!! What's she gonna do to us, make us take a NAP with our head up against the tree???

No, if I know my mom she will make us sniff an evil "cow pie"! Or 2!!!
The evil cows sometimes escape from their pastures in the high desert and roam on down to the "springs" for a drink of "cool clear water!"
The Bossman is still putzin around the picnic grounds!

Finally, our humans have finished their BLT lunch...and wine and now we have had our lunch and get our 2nd drink of water before we head out on the trail again! Watch how we share our water photo opp???

Jesse says, Wow...were we good or what??? See ,we have known each other since Little lady was 6 months old...I feel like her older...handsome brother!!!

Little Lady... look what you did to my mom's chinks!!! The rule of the trail is do not spill mom's drink...or slobber on her chinks!

We are now back at the PCT head ... only we know a little secret..if we go through this gate we will come to a fire road and can ride a loop!!! ( our humans do not like to go back the same way we came!!!)As we head up the trail it is soon apparent that this trial is not as well maintained as the PCT! But other than a bit of snow and a few ticks... we manage to make it to the fire road in no time!

See that dirt road out in the distance... we have to go farther than than that to get back to the trailer!
Jesse's and Mom's last photo opp of the PCT, 1ST SEGMENT!
We finished the trail, loaded up and headed home. WOW...what a ride!!!

So cowgirls...you have now ridden the 1st segment of The quest for the Crest!!! You can bet you will get to ride the PCT with The Desert Rose again soon!!!

Your Desert Rose!!!


  1. WOW.......you lucky cowgirl, what a ride!!! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures, what gorgeous trails you have to ride on. Can me and Gilly come and ride with you too???? :-)
    Jane and Gilly

  2. My my, you are intrepid! I'm afraid I'm a ways off from attempting such an adventure, but I sure like seeing the photos of yours!

  3. How cool! You are lucky to have such a great trail riding companion! I think that makes a huge difference. I mean, what's not to love about someone who brings mimosas and BLT's? Stay safe from those snakes! Cliffs and snakes...those might keep me off the PCT, LOL!

  4. How long did you and the bossman actually ride?

  5. Looks like a wonderful trail to ride on! Love to do it someday, a little scared about those snakes though!
    Jesse and little Lady look so cute together!

  6. I so want to ride that, but want the Dustbuster with me!!!

  7. DR, there's a reason I was born in the flat lands of the Midwest! You couldn't pay me enough to go on that trail ride with narrow passes!LOL! Not my cup of mimosa! Seriously the scenery would be worth it....just not the snakes!

  8. I'm jealous! Cowboy H and I have talked about riding the PCT in the desert before, but we just never have TIME! How many hours were you on the trail? I have a dirty little secret too... I actually rode a nice segment of the PCT up in Big Bear!

  9. would love to take anyone who gets to the desert on the PCT!!! This ride was about 5 hours in the saddle and compared to most of the canyon trails was an easier ride! I hope to ride the Big Bear segment next year??? We did not see any snakes this year but last year saw 3 on this trail. They are not light colored like in the desert but more of a charcoal color!

  10. Wow!!! It is so great that you have that close enough to ride! I knew a guy (years ago when I was single) who hiked the entire PCT. I have never seen it so I appreciated the photos....beautiful country....looks like great ridine.......I'm jealous!!!

  11. Wow! That PCT Trail was easier than I thought it would be to ride...and I didn't even need a real horse. lol!

    How fun for you to ride the PCT. I was totally into researching the AT, CDT (which runs through New Mexico) and PCT and was fascinated with hiking and riding them. Hopefully I'll get to one day.....for now I can live vicariously through you and your PCT adventures.

    Funny expression on Little Lady's face after chewing on the tree. lol!


  12. Yes, I think we live pretty close. I'd love to hook up when you come back next season and join you on one of your great rides!


We wish you Happy Trails
Jesse and his Desert Rose!