Issue 387 March 2014
everyone, hope you all had an opportunity to get out and enjoy the
nice weather we recently experienced. I loved it, but I’m so happy that we are
finally getting some much needed rain.
Owl Canyon ride was fun and different. On Wednesday of that week Mike and I
loaded up the trailer and headed for Owl Canyon to meet the Kemps to have a few
extra days of riding and camping. Thursday morning we all happily saddled up
and rode out. Kemps headed for the ridge route and Mike and I headed for the
smaller hills in the opposite direction. Just as we started exploring a canyon,
we felt rain drops so we high-tailed it back to our rig. By the time we got
back to the trailer it was pouring, the temperature had dropped, and the wind
gusts were around 30-35 mph. We quickly unsaddled, and as we were blanketing
the horses, the Kemps rode in. We finished off the day playing cards while we
waited for the rain to stop.
The foul weather stayed through Friday. Everyone started
arriving that afternoon, and in came a brand new, absolutely gorgeous, motorhome.
Macdonald’s finally got their new rig. Wow, what a beauty. I don’t believe
that anyone could want for more in a motorhome. This one has it all, including
a diesel engine. Congratulations Bob and Elaine!
Saturday morning arrived along with strong winds. Mike
and Romelle had planned to take us up the Lou Dudney trail and make a loop
returning to camp via the ridge trail that overlooks the canyons and
campgrounds. At the last minute, because of the heavy winds, Mike decided to
cut the ride in half and go up the trail near camp, ride a portion of it, have
lunch and then return. Problem was that we planned to start at the “ending
point” of the original ride that Mike had planned, and trying to locate the
route was tricky. So, here’s what happened: We went up, down, around, over,
and through most of the canyons north of the camp – it was fun, plus we were
protected from the wind, so that was great! Finding the route turned out to be
a challenge, so finally Mike K. and Mike D. put their GPS skills together and
found the track that took us up on top where we eventually enjoyed lunch and
That evening Bob and Elaine invited the Club into their
motorhome to have the potluck because the winds were really howling by then.
Sunday, the general consensus was that most wanted a short
ride out of the wind. Mike and I thought of the canyon that we found on
Thursday before it started raining, so we took them in there. It was a nice
canyon and we had fun exploring it. We eventually came to a spot where the high
walls had caved in so we all had to turn around. No problem though, the ride
was just the right length so those who had to travel could get on the road
before the wind got really bad. Back at camp, we had potluck leftovers for
It was a fun and very different ride. Thank you Mike and
after the ride, I woke up and lay in bed thinking about that canyon. The walls
were high and steep, and that cave-in was bad. I wondered what we would we have
done if the walls caved in behind us and we were trapped in there. Scary
thought. Jane Walters always carries her GPS messenger (AKA SPOT) when she goes
out riding or hiking, so we would have used that to signal for help, but even
so, it was still a bad place to be. Mike and I were so impressed with the SPOT,
that we bought one. As of the Owl Canyon ride, we had not activated it yet, but
we will now. All of our members are pretty adventurous and often head out into
difficult terrain or isolated areas. If you are interested in getting your own
GPS messenger, you can read about them at
www.findmeSPOT.com. There are several dealers that sell them, including
Amazon. Prices can vary from $85 to $150, depending on where you order it
March 7-9 Ride will be at Jim &
Janie Walters’ Double W Ranch in Pipes Canyon. This is going to be a good one!
Pipes Canyon is a fantastic place to ride, and Janie is putting together a great
ride for everyone. Parking is plentiful and water is available for your
horses. Saturday and Sunday ride out times are 9:00 am each day, lunch on the
trail Saturday, and a potluck that evening. See the flyer on this website for
details and directions.
Best wishes to Gerry and Julie – we miss you and hope to
see you soon!
Editors note, The HDTR Facebook page seems to be a success.
Be sure to check it out.
Submitted by Romelle Kemp