|Water crossing/Drink break- the horses and mule are pretty good at crossing water. Although Sapphire (the black and white paint in the lead) is kind of a stream hog when he is thirsty!|
|The long and dusty trail.|
|Pretty sure this is Big Prairie... especially because of, well, the big prairie.|
|Lots of water crossings.|
And times when I can't (or won't!):
|This is probably one of our least favorite trail features. Sheer cliff on the left, steep face on the right and footing that is, shall we say, less than perfect...|
|This was also very steep, but with good footing. See how it was a little windy up here?|
Ears and trail...
A little bit different water crossing.
|Pack Bridge at Big Prairie|
My husband jokingly asked me if I would like to lead Mule across this bridge. Last year on our Bob trip, I wanted to lead Mule. We did great until we stopped at the foot of a similar bridge to read a sign. When it was time to go again, I did not pay attention to where the lead rope went. Well, it went right up the back of my horse's legs and under his tail. Suffice it to say, my horse was not at all happy about that. Some bucking and tearing around ensued, I ended up on the ground and my horse's hoof (complete with metal shoe) connected with my skull. Minor concussion aside, it was still an awesome trip. But, I did decline to lead Mule this time...
The quick summary of camps:
Thursday: Trailhead (we covered this in The "Bob" Part 1)
Friday: What we have named "Ice Box Camp", near the top of Hahn Pass- it was mighty cold that night:
|Frozen water bucket|
|But, lots of grass!|
|Yeah... that's me, being campy.|
|and this. People get to live here during the summer!! Doesn't that sound awesome?|
|And this. although we did not see the draft horses that would pull it...|
|Our view from our campsite.|
|Lunch break. We only tie to trees for short periods, when we are right there to watch everyone.|
This was (another) Big, Long day. I think we did 26 miles this day, part of it over an enormous pass!
The Hoadley/Stadler pass went on forever...
|Top of the pass.|
|Then, going down the other side!|
At the bottom, we stopped at this forest service cabin for a break.
|Glad to have a break.|
|This is another typical scene: my horse stands patiently, while I root around in every pocket, every bag to find something I most likely left at the trailer...|
Well that's about it. Already have our trip planned for 2012! and hopefully another trip to Wyoming (think Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid...)
I hope you enjoyed this trip summary. I have another tale to tell, but it is from home base (and involves some pretty happy sheep!!)
Happy Indian Summer.