By Patty Wilber
For Father’s Day we joined old friends and new friends for a camping trip at the trailhead in the Cruces Basin Wilderness Area that we use as a starting point for our packed-in elk hunting trips (the craziest being Camp Wilberry). Road 572, not maintained for passenger cars. So we hauled in our horse trailers, because, you know, why not? (And we have been there before, a few times.)
The new trailer went and the truck brakes and the trailer brakes speak different languages, as far as I can tell, so while we just had our truck brakes redone, we put a little wear on them on this trip and later in the week hauling down from the Santa Fe Ski Basin after a Back Country Horseman project. I am hiring a translator to help them out. Just saying.
The Cruces Basin is one of my favorite places as it is so beautiful and over the six or so years we have been going there, it also is a place of wonderful memories and friendship. This trip was no exception.
Jim and I won both our horseshoes games. This is only funny if you were there, but I actually played decently, and contributed to our wins.
We rode up Diablo Creek, Cruces Creek, down Beaver Creek (and Jim hiked up) and rode up on Toltec Mesa.
While we were at the Basin, I figured I might as well video for the Virtual Competitive Trail show my friend Christy is putting on. (FB link, web link). I am aiming to win the “best scenery” category (which does not exist, but hey, maybe it will be added). I tried to get Patty S. and Mary Ann to join in. No luck.
For this show, you pick from a list of challenges, film, and submit. Short! Not a gob of redos! Especially for water crossing, because the rules stipulate that the horse must be dry to start with!
I have been putting Lucy and H in all the ranch horse shows, so I thought I would put LT, all by herself, in this one. Also, LT is going to be gone for the school year to compete on the CSU Ranch Horse Team with Jordyn. Assuming they have school and all.
We got eight videos (we needed six). This one was the prettiest!
This one was the most fun to film.
The videos are due by the end of July, so we will not know how we placed for a while. But that means there is plenty of time for additional entries (see links above if you are interested!).
We got home on Monday and on Thursday I tortured the truck brakes again by doing a Back Country Horseman project. We hauled in supplies for a trail project by Volunteers for the Outdoors.
update: not to make this post any longer but…… could people please refrain from commenting on posts on my personal…Posted by S-wake Amanda on Friday, 29 May 2020
The pack in project was very nice. I had never ridden in the Peco Wilderness out of the Ski Basin. The trail was busy with hikers, some of which apparently had never seen horses or mules. We got our pictures taken about ten times, heard appreciative gasps, were told we were the experience of a lifetime (really) and more. It was kind of cool to be reminded how lucky I am to have these opportunities!
Lucy packed for me and I rode Penny. We took Windsor trail in a few miles to a beautiful meadow where we unloaded and ate lunch. Then we rode back.
There were a number of water crossings on the trail, and at the first one, there was a bridge, which we went over. Lucy thought the bridge sound was a little scary and as she scooted over, she bumped Penny, who made the
bitch lead mare face (and got in trouble as her job at hand was lead pony horse not lead herd boss.)
As we got back, I figured we would skip the bridge and go though the water, since Lucy did not seem to love the bridge. Lucy does not love water, either, but she had crossed everything so far without much fuss. At this last one, she balked big time, and I lost her lead rope. Once she was free, she marched across the bridge on her own while Penny and I watched. I mean, why get your feet wet if there is a bridge?
Great horse week!