Tuesday, June 23, 2009

THE PCT segment 2

DISCLAIMER!
A good Cowgirl will always warn her posse of a long trail ahead so let me suggest you get the "beverage of your choice" and a comfy chair before you read this post...I had 180 pictures to sort through to tell this PCT ride segment! This was a about 3 months ago...I am way behind because of posting issues that are finally fixed!

Now that the cat is out of the bag that the Desert Rose has become addicted to the PCT I hope you will all join us for our ride segments from time to time. I am excited to say that The Bossman and I were able to get in our 2nd PCT segment ride in before I left the desert at the end of our season. Most of our desert season, the PCT is not ridable. Way too much snow and the road getting up to the PCT is not one of my favorites anyway...actually, I hate the highway that goes up to it!!! It is a true mountain pass road that follows a snake like path and makes me dizzy!
One week after we rode our 1st segment The Bossman and I were ready to get back on the PCT! We knew there was another trail head right across the highway form our 1st segment and we just couldn't wait to explore it! Of course... this meant that The Desert Rose would have to get up at 5am...again to get the stables by 7:15 with Starbucks for The Bossman and me and lunch!!! I do preload the hay bags with fresh grass and FROSTED SHREDDED WHEAT'S the day before!!! OK...so what if The Bossman has to hook up the trailer and groom and saddle 2 horses, I am working it for ALL I can get!!!

Arriving at the stables with Starbucks and lunch... I then have to pack the saddle bags with lunch for the equines ( they both have come to know that after we have lunch they get lunch, apples, carrots, frosted shredded wheat and oat cookies)! Not to count that if there is not water on the trail for them...I pack water for them!!! Enough so that they can each have 2 bottles before we eat...and 2 bottles after we eat. Just enough to give them a big slurp, and boy do they appreciate it. I know they can go most of the day if it is not to hot...but they are sooooo grateful for what I give them!!! And of course their lunch! Ok it is not a BLT ...but to them it is! They wait sooooo patiently for us to finish and then they start to get excited!!!

The saddle bags also have emergency gear in them. Astronaut blankets, water proof matches, whistle, rain gear, I could go on and on but will save it for another post! It does take me about 1/2 hour to get my gear together. Then of course my last real POTTY STOP before we leave!!!
Jesse is asleep as usual! Little Lady tries...but can't! Mare hot flashes???

Here we go... so this time Jesse and I start out on the trail. Because it is a very cool morning he is feeling good now and is hot to trot!
Yes...The Desert Rose and Jesse do know how to be in the lead and he is soooo happy he is gating!!!Yes we do know how to lead...butttttt where is Little Lady's butt??? Alright...Jesse does not set as fast as pace as Little Lady...which is why she usually leads!!!Now that the pecking order is reestablished we are on our way!

















The weather looks a bit ominous but maybe we will get lucky!!! Are you still ready to ride with us??? Ya it is cold out...The Bossman says maybe in the low 50's??? He's full of horseshit!!! I am a PNW girl, I know the 40's when I feel it!

This side of the "Crest" is so different from the other side! Not as many rock formations and not as much climbing...more gradual!

The next 3 pictures show the vegetation along the trail.
This is the first hint of a hill or valley we have seen!
The view from the top side...and the lower side!
Wow...back on the top side and we can see Little Lady and the Bossman again...well Little Lady was most important to Jesse...The Desert Rose was relieved to see the Bossman!!! Aren 't we mammals...funny???
See the trail wandering up behind us the green hillside???

Again finally...Little Lady's butt!!!

Oh...a switch back...I can see Little Lady again!

Hay...is it just us...or are those sky's looking suspicious???

Oh Horse Shit...another Mimosa break??? I am soooo glad Jesse is a good boy cause I can mount drunk.... and he Will stand still! Yes... I have to say that Jesse will always respond to my commands...even with too much mimosa...(Jesse not me)... Jesse KNOWS and understands that he still must be safe for The Desert Rose...even though he may test her from time to time!!!

Little Lady...what did I tell you about MOM'S chinks??? Don't slobber on them!!!
Boy are you gonna get some slobber training for this summer with MOM!!!! Those are DEER hide chinks!!!!!!!
OMG!!!!!!! Jesse...what do you see????

A SNAKE MOM....I SEE A SNAKE!!!

YES...but what kind of SNAKE do you see???

videoMom....he must be a good guy cause you are going to get close enough to film him!!! We now think that he was a Rosey Boa???

Time for a photo opp...

Jesse is acting like he has been drinking all those MIMOSAS!!!


Now we come upon a water shed...this is where water is left for the PCT hikers when there is not drinkable water on the trail!

videoSorry that I turned the camera...but Jesse sure knows that there is water in there and refuses to leave the water shed!

As I look around I realize that the bottom containers have holes in them and decide that it will be ok to let Jesse and Little Lady have water from them...using the little red waterer that I carry for them. Sorry no pictures of this, it is a 2 handed job as they push down hard with their muzzle to get every drop!

We decide to turn around and go back the same way...yes I am a loop girl, but we do not have a choice today and we are getting hungry. It is an hour ride back to the lunch spot we picked out for ourselves!Sure enough we see our "spot" ahead in the distance!


Close up of the lunch spot!

Ah yes...someone else wants their lunch even though they know that they will get it after we eat!

Great table!!! Kicking back with the view!!!

Back in the saddle after we all had a great lunch!

As we rounded the bend we ran into an PCT hiker...you know one of those wild and crazy guys that hikes from Mexico to Canada??? Only this guy was stopping in one more day, he only had 3 weeks to hike! Last week it snowed up here, wonder what he did???

Just me and my shadow on the PCT!

An hour and 1/2 later as we round a bend the weather looks like it is changing on us AGAIN!

We make it back to the trailer (in the distance) just in time.


videoSo even though we got very chilled at the end and almost blown away...it was a terrific ride!

So glad you rode along with us, I will not be posting for a few days as I am heading down to the desert to see Jesse for 5 days. I have a segment of the PCT planned for one of our rides...and other fun trails!

See ya'll on the Happy Trails!

Your Desert Rose!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Desert Cowpoke Ropes Cameron!!!

So this is a great story!!!
Over the years when ever a "photo shoot" with a celeb was scheduled for the desert and a horse/cowboy was needed, my stables was called to full fill the duties! In the past this awful duty fell upon the Cowpoke AKA Cowboy H to pretend he was the Cowboy rescuing the damsel in distress. After the Cowpoke left the stables this terrible job fell upon The Texas Ranger. In a recent fashion issue...which I forget the name of, this picture was one of the photos that went to the cutting floor. However it is really GREAT and The Texas Ranger looks soooooo handsome!
But watch out Cameron...The Texas Ranger has already been roped by The Yellow Rose of Texas!
The Texas Ranger and The Yellow Rose of Texas!

Your Desert Rose!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Newborn Joy!

Remember the 1st time you held your newborn child and all your parenting love and instinct came rushing forth like a tidal wave. Your heart was bursting and you knew that you you would do anything for your child. Here are some parent newborn pictures that will bring tears to your eyes looking at love at 1st sight captured on film!


Mother and daughter!

Father and son!


Notice the close family resemblance in each photo? Nothing is as strong as the bond between parent and child!!!


Your Desert Rose!

Friday, June 19, 2009

THE KING OF ROLLING!

This year is the 1st that I have not brought my dear boy "Jesse" home with me to the PNW for the summer. He stayed in the desert with the Bossman to be near the Shoesalesman because of his owey toes! However the Bossman sent his precious Little Lady with me and my good friend the Ghost Rider sent her beloved King with me also. I have had such great fun riding with some of my PONY COUSINS, Sissy Cowgirljlyn and cousin Bronco Betsy. The King has been such a gentleman with them...they have both fallen in love with him. The King is used to this kind of behavior from women!!!

This summer my posts will include them and our adventures together on our Happy Trails!
The King's new turn out paddock which is in the gelding pasture.
He is happy to see Auntie Rose!!!
The King introduces me to his new pasture buddy!
Hay...Auntie Rose came to see me not you!!! Ha Ha...she's taking ME out not YOU!!! The King gets to graze on the sweet clover 1st.
The King gets some play time in the arena!

Whoo Hoo!!!
Yippee!!!
Just running circles around Auntie Rose!!!

And down for the roll!
How's this for a 25 year young Missouri Fox Trotter!!!

The Desert Rose on Little Lady and Cowgirljlyn on The King!
The Desert Rose on Little Lady and Bronco Betsy on The King!

The King takes his Auntie Desert Rose for a great ride!

The King is not looking to grateful for his after ride hose down...but sure did enjoy the treats waiting for him in his stall feed bin!
Your Desert Rose!