Issue 393 September 2014
Hi everyone, once again, we missed the HDTR ride and this
time it was because of our August trip. I understand it was a really good ride
and Elaine wrote up a very nice summary of it.
Mike and I went up to Wyoming for our August trip. We
originally planned to include Colorado, but because of the VS outbreak, its
continual spread, and the changing health certificate requirements to enter the
state, we decided against it. The time we spent in Wyoming was very good
though. We hooked up with friends and went up to the Little Sunlight Horse Camp
outside of Yellowstone. It was a very nice camp and the riding was beautiful.
Signs were posted all over to be aware of the grizzlies, and thank goodness we
didn’t see any. We did see wolves though, and that was quite a thrill. One
even followed us (staying a safe distance away). We then drove over to the Big
Horn Mountains. We’ve ridden there before, but this time we were camped at
Battle Park north/east of Ten Sleep, Wyoming. A very tough road getting in, but
it was a great place. We were there for a week and would have liked to stay
longer to explore the many lakes and waterfalls in the area, but we had to get
home before Labor Day weekend. We drove through beautiful country, had rain
almost every day and met some very nice people along the way.
On our way home through Utah, we stopped at Pine Valley
Horse Camp and rode there. While we were there, we met the President of the
local BCH. He led us on a very nice ride one day and he’s giving us suggestions
of other places to ride in the area around St. George (maybe something for our
Club to think about).
As mentioned in the last newsletter, the logo is done, and
I should have the first batch of jackets at the
Anza ride. The LT is
on back order and I hope it will be in by the time of the ride.
Cottonwood-Horseshoe Meadow High Sierra Ride
By Elaine Macdonald
The four day HDTR August ride in the High Sierras was
organized by Elaine and Bob Macdonald. The horse camp was located at Horseshoe
Meadows. Because the hikers tend to occupy the equestrian camp, we arrived two
days earlier to save the camping spots for our group. The equestrian camp,
surrounded by lodge poll pine trees was located 10,000 feet in altitude. There
were 10 equestrian sites which included a cement pad, picnic table, fire pit and
bear box and a nearby modern out-house.
Eight of our members that attended our ride were; Mike
and Romelle, Bill and Ginger, Jackie and Ken, and Bob and me. I was happy to
introduce my guest Susan Jackson and her cute well-behaved mule “Pard.” This
was the first time that Susan rode with our group. She is friends with many of
our members and over the years, she has been invited to ride with our group.
In the evening, the weather was not too cool. We were
able to sit outside, play cards and party. One night we played leap frog as we
moved around the camp fire avoiding the smoke.
Thursday was our first organized ride. We rode Trail
Pass, Mulky Pass the PCT and switchback down to Mulky Meadow for lunch and
return. Our trip was 12.1 and average 3.1 about 4.5 hours. Jackie and Ken
arrived at camp on Thursday afternoon.
Friday’s ride took us to the beautiful Mirror and
Cottonwood Lakes via the Cottonwood Trail. We rode 13.9 miles and 5:15 hours
with an average of 3.2 mph. The first couple of miles of trail was gradual and
had great trail tread. Then the trail started to go up. We climbed boulders
that were stair stepped and quite interesting on switch-back trails. It was
slow going but all the horses did well. The views were outstanding and there
was plenty of water along the trail. Some of the ancient trees were weirdly
twisted, and seemed to reach out to touch us. Fat marmots would scatter as we
rode by the various lakes.
On Saturday we rode to Chicken Springs Lake, and then
returned via the PCT to Trail Pass and camp. The views provided by the PCT were
exceptional. We could see Mt. Langley and Mt. Whitney in the panorama of
mountains that surrounded us. Our trip was 13.5 miles, with an average of 3.3
and saddle time with lunch was 5 hours. Getting to Chicken Springs Lake was
another ride of climbing. At 11,266 feet the crest of Cottonwood Pass, we could
see for forever.
Sunday most of the riders left for home early. Our
ride was a short one. Romelle, Mike and Bob and me rode a 4.3 mile circle
around Horseshoe Meadow. We said good-by to the magnificent mountain scenery
and sparkling running streams. We talked about the good times that we shared
with our group. It was time to leave for home. We thought about riding again
next year in this wonderful wilderness. What do you think?
Thank you, Elaine for providing this wonderful report. On
behalf of the Club I want to thank you both for a wonderful weekend. I know
everyone who attended had a great time.
The September 12-14 ride will be hosted by Bill and
Cathy Bence in Anza, CA. This will be a new riding area for us and it sounds
really nice. Bill said that we are invited to arrive any time before, during,
or after the ride. Friday night people can go into town to one of several
restaurants, or have dinner on their own in camp. The Saturday ride will stop
for lunch at a quaint restaurant in Paradise Cove (sounds good to me!). Of
course we’ll have our usual potluck Saturday evening.
For detailed information and directions, please see the
flyer on this website. You’ll note that Bill and Cathy have all sorts of
camping options for us.
See you at the ride,