5.13 miles in 2 hours, an easy ramble through the wildness of Spring in full bloom.
Here's the crew, starting from the left:
Pat on Tobe Mule, Molly on Woodrow Mustang, Tiffany on Penny QuarterHorse, and Bob on Ananda Arabian.
As you can see we are open minded equine enthusiasts, all breeds welcome..... if they can keep up!
Of course when we got to the river it looked pretty darn deep.
I fibbed, said it wasn't too deep..... then Tobe did a balk and said he knew better and didn't want to do it.
So Molly who is by far the most competent rider in the group told her gelding to get his butt on over there, and Tobe had to sheepishly follow, since after all anything a horse can do he certainly can.
These photos are actually of the trip BACK across later, since on the way OUT I was holding on and doing my best not to get my boots filled with water and not fall off as Tobe waded through .... if he wasn't 16hh he might have swum! You can see the water is fully up to the base of Penny's tail ahead of us, and Tobe's ears tell exactly what he thinks of THAT !
Good thing about equines, no matter how worried they are about some silly thing their human is asking them to do, they are more concerned about being left behind by their herd.
Makes it easier to get them all across an obstacle like this.
Eventually we got all the way to the place where the Upper Oso Campground trail splits, into the part that goes up to 19 Oaks and the one that goes over the Alisal Loop.
I once saw a dramatic wreck on the 19 Oaks Trail, and there were signs posted warning that there were 2 ground wasp hives on the Alisal, so neither of them were appropriate for today's maiden adventure with this group.
|The trees often show signs of having burned in past wildfires, and many were losing limbs due to the drought, but overall the land was alive with promise.