Issue 394 October 2014
I think I can safely say that everyone who attended the
Anza ride this month had a blast. The ride and evening festivities were
Jane Walters and her cousin Ali, who is visiting from
Wales, arrived Thursday afternoon. Mike and I arrived that evening.
Friday, Ken & Jackie, Tim & Dana, and Gerry & Julie
arrived. It was great to see Gerry & Julie – it’s been such a long time. That
evening, we all drove into town to the local Mexican restaurant and enjoyed a
variety of delectable Mexican dishes. Before we left for the restaurant though,
Mike received a text from Max saying that he was “stuck” on the I-15 freeway for
almost three hours due to a big-rig fire at Hwy 138. Needless to say, he didn’t
get to Bill and Cathy’s until around 9:30 that evening.
Saturday morning, donned in “cooling vests” we rode across
the valley toward the hills that separate Anza from Garner Valley. Eventually
the trails took us to an old narrow road that we followed to the hills and then
up, up and away we went allowing our horses plenty of rest stops as we
maneuvered our way to the top. Once we were at the top we were rewarded with an
awesome view of Garner Valley to the north and Anza to the south. Beautiful!
We went down into Garner Valley and followed several equestrian trails that took
us by lovely homes, through pine trees and into another valley. We rode through
the beautiful valley for a short time and made our way to another hilly area
where we rode to the top catching views once again of Garner Valley surrounded
by beautiful pine trees and a small lake in the middle. Okay, I could live
there! We rode across the top of the hill for a bit and then worked our way
down an old rutted road, which came to and crossed the highway and brought us to
the Paradise Cove Restaurant where Bill and Cathy’s neighbor Mike, along with
Ken and Ali, met us with some much appreciated water for the horses. We tied up
there and enjoyed a great lunch! Jane’s sister, Margie, and her friend joined
us at the restaurant.
Back in the saddle, we left the restaurant and picked up a
trail that took us up and above the roadway. It was sheltered with high shrubs
on both sides and probably invisible from the road below. We eventually hooked
up with the California Hiking Trail and rode that quite a ways down to a wash,
which was, until two weeks ago, not passable. Bill and Cathy actually went down
there during the two week period before the ride and hand-cleared a trail. They
pruned the bushes and trees and moved rocks in order to clear a path for the
ride. It is a great trail, and now that we all went through, hopefully more
The water crew met us one more time and we headed back
across the valley to the ranch.
That evening, Hope & Bill Adams and our water man “Mike”
and his wife came over to enjoy the potluck with us. Bill Bence barbequed beef
and chicken and we provided the side dishes.
Sunday morning we rode out to an old reservoir. For
whatever reason, it was never used, but it did make a great place to ride to.
We rode by some very sharp branches, and Gerry scraped his arm causing it to
bleed quite a bit. The excitement that followed was unbelievable! Max quickly
went into emergency response mode and retrieved his first aid kit while Jackie
jumped off her horse to begin first aid on Gerry’s arm. What a team! After
almost a package of tape was wrapped over and across the bandage, we realized it
needed more tape because it kept coming off Gerry’s arm. Then, one bystander
had a remarkable idea: Why not wrap the tape around his arm and over the
bandage, thus holding it on? What a solution, and it worked!
Back at the ranch, we met on the patio for lunch and last
minute visiting before heading home. Oops, Gerry announced that he could not
remove the bandage! Seems, it was plain gauze and had dried onto the wound. We
can only hope it falls off before the Hesperia Lakes ride, or the Safety Team
will have to go into action once again.
Bill and Cathy, we want to thank you so much for inviting
the Club to ride from your ranch. We also want to thank you for all the work
you put into the ride! It was a wonderful weekend, and we look forward to
returning next year.
The October 10-12 ride
will be hosted by Jackie & Ken and Tim & Dana from Hesperia Lakes Park. You can
arrive any time after 10:00 am on Friday and ride at will. Saturday’s ride will
start at 9:00 am and will be about 5-6 hours. Sunday ride out time is 9:00 am
and it will be about 2-3 hours. Potluck Saturday night. There are 27 corrals
and they are available on a first-come first-served basis. Camp fee is $20 per
night per vehicle and that includes two (very nice) corrals.
to either Jackie or Dana.
For detailed information and directions, please see the
flyer on this website.