This isn't where Roy Rogers & Dale Evans lived when they raised their many children. Roy used this place for his manly activities when Dale was done with ranching and wanted to live in town. So plenty of tales are told of gatherings of the Western movie elite here, ..... if only barns could talk!
A dozen of the attendees took a mounted stroll out to the Mojave River, the one sliver of life in this arid desert. It was 108º and climbing, but I came to ride, and they always say mules can take the heat better than horses, so Tobe and I went for a walk.
We did 4.5 miles in 90 minutes, and the heat made it seem like a MUCH longer ride.
The original barn is the focal point of the Double R Bar Ranch, and was converted for this event to a place where two micro-brewers set up to give out tastes of their unique ales.
There were lots of folks around dressed up as Civil War era reenactors, and they were fussing with their horses and their tents and GUNS.
Not that Tobe is scared of guns, but I was wary of them, so we struck out to see the ranch property.
There were no other mule riders for us to bond with, just a bunch of Arabians and paints and palomino quarter horses looking quite at home in the home of Trigger
Then finally the scent changed, and the humidity, and we could sense we were near water.
What a welcome sight.
Tobe was not willing to be the first to step into the water, he let the horses take that risk, but once he saw that it was only a foot deep he went eagerly forward and drank 5 gallons in one long guzzle.
One of the horse riders fell off into the river, but no injury.
Where Tobe takes a slow and steady pace, and balks to a stop when worried, we often watch horses panic when concerned for their safety, and sometimes they come to grief when they try, as this one did, to run and rush through an obstacle.
a gambler was setting up his cards to play faro..........
Here's Roy Rogers and Dale Evans sing their best song, "Happy Trails to YOU":
and here is a tear-jerker song tribute to Roy's horse Trigger, "The Day that Trigger Died"