It was not a very long ride. But it was enough. We just wanted to get the animals out, no plan, and we went to a part of the property I had not yet ridden.
Last night I was watching the Lord of the Rings movie, so today I found myself humming "The Road goes Ever On...." as Tobe and I strolled through the landscape.
Of course we do obey the rules, and stay on the roads and well marked paths.
No need to bash through bushes, we want to preserve the beauty of the native plants.
Fully exploding thistle
A nice rare image of the thistle in various stages of growth.
Penstemon and yarrow
bush monkey flowers
So better that I stick with landscape appreciation.
In the same way we can ride trails and worry about bicycle riders, or we can hope for the best.
When we saw these two people riding towards us I gestured for them to stop and they did! Trail rules say bikes are to stop and wait for horses to pass, but we can never count on that.
But happy day, these two bicyclists were lovely! It was great for Tobe to meet nice people on bikes, be able to sniff their tires and handlebars and get a good look at what he might otherwise perceive as a threat bearing down on him with predatory behavior.
Faith in human nature restored!
I decided it was time to take the traditional portrait photos. There were only three of us, so not a big undertaking but nice to commemorate.
As it has been said:
"It ain't the heat, it's the humility." - Yogi Berra
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