Traveling along the service road we spied many hoof prints of those that have gone before us on their steeds. And they are many...from the looks of the tracks. We also spied a BLUE ribbon that headed into a nice woodland trail. Nice timing to get off the main road. I love the Blue ribbons..they were placed there by a faithful trail lover and someday, I shall meet the Blue-Ribbon placer myself! I am a RED ribbon gal..so now, they shall see my clothes- pin w/ RED ribbon along side of some of theirs. I always mark on the left of the trail I am leaving for another turn(RED RIGHT UPON RETURN)it keeps me knowing the direction to go home.
The trail was covered in bright Shamrocks..it was so pretty. Bet you can guess what I chose as a location name of the trail for the NEW Map .......?........go ahead guess!
This will be MAP C and when I get GPS- I shall have the milage for each leg and directional headings too.
Along with the Shamrocks, I was amazed by the FERNS..they had to have been 4 feet across and just as tall! Of Course, that trail is going to be dubbed "Big Fern Way".
I let the mare eat after an hour or so...there are no creeks up here -that I have found- so she was needing some refreshment...the "spit-bugs"(for lack of knowing what they really are called!) moisture was all I could offer her.
After a rest we hit it again and...
CHECK this out..We popped out of the trails and went around a corner and OH-WOW-EE
It is Mount Hood! I was elated when I could see her!
It was a fantastic day and if the sun was not going down in an hour...would have gone farther to see if I could manage a loop to "Rock Wall Pass" & "Salmon Berry Heights" and onto Gillette Road and home again. Next time!