|You can barely see the town of Madras in the distance.|
But, I did feel bad for a couple of our camp neighbors who had some troubles. One lady that parked next to us drove all the way from Salem and arrived very late in the dark on Friday night - only to find out that she couldn't even start the next morning due to an abcess in her horses hoof. (I felt bad for her, as I've been in a similar situation in the past - and it's a really crappy feeling to drive all that way and not even be able to start a ride.) And there were some other riders that drove 18 hours from Canada, only to have a very bad day. Their experiences included: getting dumped on the trail and having to walk back to camp, fence equipment getting mangled up from horses tearing through it, and a pony that had it's hind legs banged up pretty badly. You never know what to expect at endurance rides..... so I felt priviledged to at least enjoy going for a ride on both days.
|The Grizzly Mountain ride has some beautiful rock scenery.|
|I'm assuming that it was the wind made these little hollowed out caves in this rock.|
|Up close and personal with LOTS of cows.|
As a side note: This is definitely not a ride for a horse that is afraid of cattle, because they were almost everywhere. Sometimes even surrounding you in very close proximity on the trail. Both of my horses love cows, but I know that some riders have horses that are scared to death of them. I've been with people on other rides that have horses that will bolt and take off from seeing cows. Not the greatest situation for the "bovine afflicted" equine...
|The mountain ranges were gorgeous!|
There wasn't a single drop of rain on the trail both days. =:)