About the only wise choice I did make...was to wear tall boots for the drenching ride ahead.
The moist onslaught was in reprieve, with the dark clouds having blown over someone else's domain for the time being. I groomed quickly, making decisions to skip the quarter rain sheet for the mare and also, the rain duster favorite of mine for remaining dry, on days like this day. It was muggy and I dislike greatly, to overheat.
Maybe not very thoughtful.
Making small talk and listening with stablemates was hard without being obvious- I was so out of there, as soon as the velcro, buckles , clips and some odd snaps were in place!
Down the slick trail I hand walked, mounting at the bottom. We then strode quickly up the road, brushing the bright yellow scrub bushes aside. They left sticky, rain battled petals on my legs and boots. It made me smile when I looked down and spied them.The yellow will soon give way to other colors this spring.
Our first stop.....
Under the dry cover of the Evergreen Fir trees. The heavy laden clouds had caught up to us, and were relieving themselves.
I dismounted for a time...the mare being pensive. We overheard campers nearby. They had loud engines and hearty laughter, not usually heard in these parts. The Memorial weekend has brought them forth, pleasure seeking from the wood, like us.
Two views of the same mare. My phone's camera, while leaving much to be desired...makes beautiful mistakes sometimes. Loved the purple hue of the overexposed mane.
Looking down now, there was the prettiest little wild Iris. She was all alone in the grassy undergrowth. Somehow she existed on this trail, between the hooves and tires that oft times stroll the pathway.
Grass, grass, oh the blades were delighting in this day, beckoning my mare to partake.
"Soon my mare", I said aloud.
I'm sure we'll have time for you to munch at the next resting place; making it undercover, for I see another tantrum coming from the clouds!
We both were having fun, though wet we were by now, it was NOT cold. I was ready to mount up again and head on home but I spied another wild thing that ADORES this kind of day................................
If you put both of your hands together, go ahead, knuckles up..................................................
so that your hands touch and your fingernails slightly curve down and out sight...............................
THAT my friends, is how BIG this feller was!!!
I cautiously took his photo, with mare in hand. When these big un's jump into the water, they sound like "Cat Frogs", making a "meowing noise" then- SPLASH!
Just another Oregon day, in the rain soaked hills and valleys!
I do so love the Evergreen trees for the brief reprieves they provide...from rain and soon I pray, Shine.