How I spent my Winter Solstice vacation!
There's a sequence of Tobe and I approaching a downed tree, going off-trail to turbo across it in the brush, and then cruising through a recently sawed out log to continue on up the hill.
Once upon a time there were government programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps that sent workers out to maintain trails such as this one, but no longer. Now it is done by volunteers, people dedicated to exploring the wild places who put in this effort so that others can also enjoy these special moments of solitude and union with nature.
Maybe on the NEXT trail ride I'll capture more of the hair-raising bits for this blog. Stay tuned!
For those who like statistics, the trip up was 5 miles in 2 hours, average speed roughly 2.6MPH. We ascended from 1,745 ft to 2,849 ft. On the way down we went a bit faster, 1.4 hours and an average speed of 2.9MPH. I would call it a challenging and strenuous ride on an equine, with many very narrow trail sections with steep drop-offs and lots of descents and ascents through steep canyon walls. For a walking fit human it is probably a moderate hike.