Wednesday, April 27, 2016
We opened the gate, and proceeded to escort the party forward.
This is the gateway to the 9,000 acre Cachuma Lake Recreation Area. An incredible resource for equestrians, a jewel on our doorstep, and today our little group had it entirely to ourselves.
We rode 9 miles in 3 hours, ascending 1,468 feet, in a big loop that took us out to a far edge of the lake, climbing up and down canyons, then we doubled back on our tracks and took a slightly different route back to the staging area.
Just us and the native creatures.
The Godzilla El Niño let us down.
Hard times for the woodland creatures, as the predators come further down the mountains to access water and find food. We saw several fleet footed deer and some jackrabbits, lots of birds, and no doubt there were many more locals who stayed in hiding and watched us go past.
The wind was ruffling Tobe's mane into a mohawk, as we turned back to the starting point and made a plan to return as often as possible to this magical wilderness.