A close look at Lake Cachuma in this photo will show the new islands rising from the water, the signs of severe drought. As are the white rings at the water's edge, showing how much the level has recently dropped. Summer evaporation has barely begun.
So we obligingly reversed course. To me it is a very important rule of the MeetUp that we always "Ride to the Least Rider" and accommodate whatever they need to feel safe and secure on the trail.
The "mare's tails" cirrus uncinus clouds high above softened the view of the landscape already looking dry and sere.
We met up back at the parking lot with several dozen of the riders, many of whom came by invitation of the Santa Ynez Valley Riders. We all had had lunch together under our favorite oak. A Government representative spoke to the issue of the recreational master plan being developed for the entire county. We told him our opinions, and all expressed enthusiasm for developing the Camp for day rental equestrian use.
So this is the shortest blog ever, but a lovely day.