Monday, November 16, 2009

Mule Club Leatherwood Ride

The weather was prefect for a Fall ride at Leatherwood!

Friday afternoon Jane and I met up and took on the challenge of Ambush Trail (one of mine and Jane's favorites!) We then went to the Elk Creek over look before heading back to camp. It was a cool, crisp night and I took advantage of the quite camp ground and headed to bed early.

Saturday only three riders made it for the weekend. Jane and her Token Mule Club Horse Val and Beverly and her mule Gypsy Rose, of course Sadie Mae and myself. We set out on a very cool morning and as we climbed the hills the temperature also climbed. Some of the trees still had their brilliantly colored leaves. The ones that did not let us see the mountain views that are hidden all summer!

We rode Cowboy trail and had lunch in a meadow sitting in the cool grass! Sadie tried to take a roll in the meadow (Can't say that I don't blame her) but my saddle was on! Beverly's mule Rose was very good the whole ride but tried some new 'tricks' on Beverly once we got back to the barn. She wanted to stay with Val the horse rather than ride over to the other barn with Sadie. Beverly handled it well and persisted and was rewarded by winning that battle! Both are well on their way to a great partnership!

Saturday night Jane's husband Paul, who was out hiking during the day, saved us by getting a wonderful fire going! It was a cool evening with the stars shinning bright. Beverly and I surprised Jane with a birthday cake and card. Her birthday was the next week.

Sunday we set out for a shorter ride. The sky was just as clear and the trails so quite! Hardly a bird was even up that morning! After coming in Jane and Paul hit the road and Beverly and I enjoyed a great lunch at the Saddlebrook Resturant before loading up and heading home!

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