Happy Weekend — and a Ride   Leave a comment

My niece Rebecca and her Auntie Elizabeth came for the weekend, and a good time was had by all.  We even went to see How to Train Your Dragon 2.  I haven’t been to a movie in about ten years, but I’m really fond of Toothless the dragon.  It was a great movie.

We also visited the horses, of course.  Sister Sally forwarded some of the pictures today, and I’ll get them posted tomorrow.

Today, though, Sarah and I went for a ride.  She rode True, the horse we acquired in lieu of board payments.  Most of the horses we get that way are abandoned for a reason, but True is a good horse.  I’ll get some pictures of him posted, too.

The news has been full of the Shirley fire in the mountains east of us, and we could see the smoke hanging over the Sierras.

smoke

It’s still only ten per cent contained.  It’s dry, dry, dry — and windy.  Not a good combination.

In this shot you can see the trail dust drifting over the wild grapevines.  They’re green and lush, though, for there is still water upriver.

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Our stretch of the Kern River is — dry, dry, dry.  There’s a trickle coming through the weirs, though, and some being turned in from the canal bypass upriver.  So just above us, the river still looks like this.

river2

Right now, the wind is coming up here, so it must be really gusty in the mountains.  That’ll make things even harder for the firefighters. There is some beautiful country in the Shirley Meadows area.  It would be terrible to have it burn.  Even our little ten acres up there might be in danger.

Good luck, firefighters.  You are appreciated.

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Posted June 16, 2014 by stablewoman in Kern River, Riding

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