Issue 391July 2014
Every morning we turn on the news and get to hear all about
the June gloom, early morning fog, and cool temperatures etc., down the hill.
Well, that’s not the case up here. It’s really hot in the high desert.
It wasn’t hot for the June ride though. It was quite
pleasant each day until late afternoon, that’s when it heated up until about
5:00 pm and then it cooled down again. We had five riders on Saturday and four
riders on Sunday. The group was small, but it was fun and I think fear of the
heat probably kept a lot of our members away.
Craig & Irene, Jane & Margie, Max, and Mike & I all
arrived Friday afternoon, and the weather was great. The owners, Sandra and
Lee, gave us a tour of the ranch. We all learned quite a bit about the
thoroughbred business. We were even able to watch some of the yearlings be
inspected for an annual sale in October. It was all very interesting and the
horses were beautiful.
Later, back at camp, the moon was full and it was a
glorious evening to sit out and enjoy the beautiful desert. Saturday morning,
Jackie came out to ride with us for the day. There was a slight breeze and we
were all truly surprised at how cool it was. Just in case though, those of us
who had them, put on our “cool vests” before heading out on the trail. We
started out in the car canyon wash, and made a large loop which eventually
connected to the pretty wash that climbs and merges into the jeep trail at the
base of the “cow gate mountain.” Back in the day, we used to come down that
wash. We went over the mountain via the old, rocky, Jeep trail. The cow gate
that we always had to pass through is no longer being used, so we can only
assume the rancher who ran cattle out there is “long-gone.” We followed the
road to our lunch stop where Craig met us with water for the horses and cool
drinks for us. Thank you Craig! You may remember this stop. It’s where Bob
Cross used to meet us with his Margarita mixer, and also where Mike Slavens’
horse got his bridle caught on the water bucket handle. After lunch, we headed
south - up the hill and past the old mine tailings, which took us to the switch
backs that Bob and Joanie put in. It didn’t look like they have been used, but
it’s amazing that they were still there. We went down the switch backs and
aimed our ponies towards Helicopter Hill. Once at the top, we enjoyed an
incredible view of the valley. We worked our way down Helicopter Hill and rode
through an area of fresh growth with evidence of an underground spring – amazing
because it looks like such a dry area. Eventually we merged into the wash and
headed back to camp.
Saturday evening, Pam & Jim drove out to join us for the
potluck and Sandra & Lee also joined us. As always, the potluck had the perfect
combination of foods (can’t figure out how we always manage that). After
dinner, Jim and Lee started talking about their backgrounds and it turns out
that Lee and Sandra used to drive trucks for the movie studios and they knew
many of the people that Pam and Jim knew “back in the day.” We all had fun
listening to their crazy stories about working in and around the movie studios.
Craig and Irene had to head home Saturday night, so there
were four of us for the Sunday ride. We decided to take a short ride and
explore an area west of the Ranch that we have never really taken the time to
ride in. The winds came up though, so we were happy to have a short ride.
All in all, it was a very good weekend. Craig is
recovering from his hip replacement surgery, so of course he didn’t ride, but
Irene did. Craig and Irene chose this area at the last minute when they learned
that the Roy Rogers’ Ranch was not an option. Mike and I were so familiar with
area, that we helped Irene learn the trails. Because of that, we all, at one
time or another during the ride, took turns leading. It was fun and relatively
unstructured, which we all enjoyed.
Many thanks go to Craig and Irene for introducing us to
the San Lee Ranch. A good time was had by all.
Club Jackets: Your devoted President has finally picked
out a club jacket. It should have been an easy decision, but some of you
expressed your dislike for the little league windbreaker-type jacket, while
others need the tall sizes, not to mention that some wanted snaps while others
wanted zippers. As for myself, I wanted more of a light weight wind breaker
that was also water resistant and ample enough to allow for layering
underneath. I looked at another supplier and found a light-weight jacket that I
hope you’ll all like. Mike and I ordered one in a large size and it looks
pretty nice. I’ll bring it to the BVS ride so you can all see watcha think
(I’ll cross my fingers and toes just in case).
Talking about our Trail Coordinator, Mike is working on
the 2015 calendar as we speak, and he’s waiting for you all to step forward to
volunteer to lead a ride. The Club relies on its members to volunteer to lead a
ride every few years – so don’t be bashful, just dive in and do it.
The July ride will be held at
Bear Valley Springs the weekend of July 10-13, and hosted by Mike and
Romelle Kemp. This is one of the Club’s favorite summer rides, and as usual,
the Kemps have a fun filled weekend planned for us! Mike needs to have an RSVP
from everyone as soon as possible. Please include what day you plan to arrive
and if you are going to the Country Club for dinner Thursday night.
On Friday everyone will ride over to the Sousa’s Winery
for lunch, and that evening the Kemps are planning a casual BBQ of hot dogs and
chicken at their place (BYOB and bring hors-d’oeuvres if you want them, and
bring a side dish.) Saturday’s ride will be about five hours with lunch at the
Mulligan Room. The quarterly meeting is scheduled for after the ride on
Saturday, and we’ll have our potluck that evening. Sunday’s ride will be about
The cost is $10 per camp site per night and $5 per horse
per night plus a $10 per horse per day amenity use fee. Be sure to check the
flyer on this website for any last minute changes and for complete details and
directions to BVS.
Don’t forget to bring your proof of
vaccinations. See the flyer for requirements. Please take your papers
to the office at the Equestrian Center when you arrive before entering the
campground. They will provide you with your amenity pass and have you sign a
release of liability. w
Look forward to seeing you at Bear Valley, and don’t
forget to RSVP…