Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mountain Times

A walk on water moment, Pantz and sis
We had an awesome experience horse camping, our third time to Clackamas Lake in Mount Hood National Forest. Clackamas lake sites are only 3 years old and have dedicated horse sites with very nicely built corrals.

Our time away, this time, was truly a "separated from the "connected" world of cell service", for my man, sister and myself.

The tiny dock of Clackamas lake
Usually, we may take a walk down the planked runway to the  tiny dock of the lake. We sit with our coffee's while we check in and catch up on "Home" activities with our elderly mother.
We took the coffee, and walked the planked runway to our known world's reception ..but nope, no reception! We got spotty reception near the road once...but after that, nothing. Actually-it was kinda refreshing  since we already knew other's were checking in on "grandmother". My Nephew was working on his motorcycle in her garage, and was there at all hours, days in a row replacing parts. Super helpful for the timing, as we girls and my man could relax, knowing he was around to make sure she was alright.
No calls, no txts, blogs, no  "Instagram" was a vacation from known connected realities! We only had each other and the horses, NICE!

Here is the stinker news though...I have waited to post this because *** my camera got taken this spring from my parked truck outside my house. I got another camera like it at the pawn shop...but apparently, it is not enough like it,(cords and connections don't link up) and I am unable to retrieve photos from it to our "old as hills" computer. I am frustrated. So there are just a  shots from my phone this time.

Sister with mares in a rare-non mosquito'd moment!

My sister used our tent to sleep in, as we always use the "Tent TRAILER"now...after I power wash the crap outa it (litterally so!)... It is awesome for camping. Screened windows, safe from bears and wildlife, rainproof...level for the queen air mattress.

My man was to drive up to the mountain camp site later that night, after he got done with his normal work day. We sisters got there midday, at check in time, and set up the entire camp site. We then decided to Chilax with the horses. It was very hot and they seemed content in the corral nearby. My man drove in late, but that was alright...we had a nice roaring fire for him, to make him feel like sitting down with a cold one. Dinner was ready for him on the table.
Unfortunately, the blasted mosquitoes were awful and plentiful. We did our best with the arsenal of bug replants...but in the end, we waited for the fall of darkness for relief!
Next morning we all had a lovely round of STRONG COFFEE and I made blueberry pancakes for breakfast. We sisters decided to take a riding outing to the lake for 4th of July. It was the first of 5 rides this trip.

My mare was very nicely walking behind Pantz, I was sighing in delight and looking all around. My mare has this kicking walk. She gets her walk on at around 4-5 m.p.h. and gets mighty disturbed, when she must be checked back for using it on trail rides, behind a slow pokey horse.
 I was just reading over in Germany at LYTHA'S place, that she had gone out with her Mara mare, and met a rider with a horse that has a great walk too...the owner doesn't like to ride with others because their horses get disturbed because... they probably get left behind! That would be a good fit for us, like Pantz is... she outwalks Wa every time.
Anywho...we were struting through the vast beautiful and my sister and I did a "Leap Frog" in positioning. While Wa was clam, I allowed her to lead. It is the perk for her for remaining calm behind. We did that several times and once my sister spied a large BLACK RAVEN feather! She still has a gimpy leg so getting off to retrieve it was near impossible . I popped off and got it and placed it directly in Wa's mane!

I Adore finding feathers and did a complete
 POST HERE about the meanings......
I felt a little badly for claiming the RAVEN Feather so quickly but I had given her a Red Tailed Hawk feather just before the ride, and it was in place in Pantz's mane , looking rather smart!

It was a nice little first ride, but we did have a slight bolt situation from my mare. The weather was so hot and the winds had come up across the Lake. While it kept us cooler on a very hot day, it made the lake waters have a small tide effect, "Lapping" up onto the land. My mare took issue with the waters and spooked suddenly. She turned to leave...right into my sister! Sis got a huge bruise from that on her forearm...but we gained control quickly and hung out by the waters till the mares settled. It was so Beautiful!

We had some cobbler for dessert that eve for the 4th. My man is a great cook and he comes up with such camping delights each year! We pretty much ate only Vegetarian delights this year, Hummus with veggies, my special sandwhich ( Dave's killer bread, avocado , almond butter, grated carrot,cucumber, safflower mayo and spinach leaves, grated cheese) 
Naan open faced grilled cheesy delight, apple slaw..on and on the veggie meals went...It felt super good to eat lighter.

The next days ride was to be the long one of the trip, since my man had to go to work that day before he could return for the final  3 nights and 2 days of camping with us girls. I had told my sissy that the LAKE RIDE around Timothy is what I wanted to accomplish this year. Last year when we came, she and Pantz mare were recovering from health maladies, and the entire lake ride was out -NOT plausible. But this year...there was nothing stopping us...though it is long, the weather had cooled and water was available along the route for the horses plus, we brought hay lunch for them.

Lunching with mares-half way point around Timothy lake, Oregon
We stopped at mile 8 to have our lunches...since the weather had cooled and in the forest shade it seemed even cooler( me loving it, sister freezing) we made sure to sit in the sun for lunch!

We soon headed out again, (after a photo shoot with me in the shots, but alas...on the camera) for the rest of the ride around Timothy lake. We were almost half way around the lake when my sister asked me, "How much further will it be?"  When I answered, " Sister, we are riding the entire loop around the lake today"..and though when you add up the separate trail distances on the map, my GPS was on, and my calculations had us at almost, half way at that moment. " We have about 8 or nine miles to go"....
!!!  She exclaimed,"Are you trying to kill us??!!"

After her worry and a diatribe conversation, I took this "little video"....Sighing in it, as you hear...we went onward and forward, walking briskly through the beauteous place, above the Lake in the Mountains.
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The second mishap happened about 5 miles from home camp. The ride from my GPS was 16 miles. According to the map readout on mileage, it's 20. It seems very long, to be sure...Pantz was tired and she tripped on uneven footing and caught her hoof boot. They did not go down, but that initial jerk and adrenaline feels terrible. I hate that!

 So, my sister thought I tried to kill her and her horse..but the next day...we all felt pretty darned  GOOD!!!
We repeated a neat action we had started the morning of the 5th...get up with the sun( just before 6am), feed the horses, clean the stalls, replenish water, take a jaunt to the rest rooms...then go back to bed!
That was refreshing!!

So the next few rides we stayed closer to camp. We did a "Headwaters Loop" once, and that was totally cool! The terrains varied so much and it was only 4 miles. We also did loops around camp and to a nice meadow 2 miles away. The horses were so wonderful, really willing and calm.

We enjoyed our getaway very much...and returning home was equally nice. Sleeping in a real bed for us and also the mares being back to a normal routine-less the terrible MOSQUITOS! They were horrendous!
Sigh...summertime is lovely. We seem to have had 3 in one season this year...the 90's were hit more than ever and now we continue to go without Oregon's rains and staying in the 80's...I'M NOT COMPLAINING!

Hope you all are well, I must check in to find out about your summer times. My man is READY for fall..he has been for a month. What can I say, we are true Oregonians...liking it cooler and with lots of color.


My mare, sporting her Raven feather back home again


  1. Great you had a brill time at your Lakes side holiday spot! 20 miles isnt far, well not that far!! She needs to come for a ride with me and Gracie!!Lol!

    1. We DID have A Fab time...I know, 20 miles, especially walking it, was perfect! NO...I NEED to come ride with you and Gracie!!
      ! Would you have a place for me? and a mount?

  2. What a stunning place! Fantastic scenery AND lovely veggie grub is MY kind; you can keep the Mosquitoes though :)

    1. Hiya Trudi,
      It is so very nice on the mountain indeedy! The bugs are bad though...near the water always. Beauty has a price-

      Yea, the Veggie lifestyle is calling me back to it. Was Vegetarian for 10 years during my 20's...think I may return to that again.

  3. Wow, what a great camping trip.mthe pictures are so beautiful too. Love the lake. I'm all for cooler weather myself wish Autumn was here already.

    Wa mare looks just so gorgeous in the last picture wearing her raven feather and blue flower. I would have to blow that up and fare it. Just a perfect shot.

    1. Thanks Arlene...I do too love that raven feather with her wild daisy picture!!
      I always do think of you when the Wa turns to look at me saying on her eye," what we stopped for? A treat??!" Look. You've always commented on those shots!
      I also THOUGHT of YOU when I posted this saying, my man and me were longing for the Autumn already...NOT even August yet!!! We dislike the HOT, Long for the cooler temps!!!

      For my birthday...I want a nice printer that reads my phone and camera's SD and data cards so I may have cards and posters made!

      Stay Cool my dear friend. I am thinking of getting a small child's wader pool...for the tootsies! Don't you have a small body of water on your property???

  4. Beautiful pictures! Sounds like a great trip.

    The mosquitoes have been terrible here this year, too. We're supposed to be experiencing the "super mosquito" which is just enormous...I have not actually seen one, although I would not be surprised if I have been bitten by one...I let the dogs out and within 2 seconds, I'm itching :(

    1. Thanks. The Android phone takes alright photos.
      I HAVE seen that Ginomous Killer mosquito!, Not this trip but before...sounds like a bird near your head!

  5. Only mosquitoes? No deer or horse flies? Lucky YOU!
    What an awesome trip--I'd love to go on one like that, and in such beautiful terrain to boot. Sorry about your camera--what a bummer. Loved the video; you can see Wa's big walk. I'm trying to get Harley to develop more of a walk like that with less "jogging to keep up"!
    I'm with your husband on the weather--summer can stay, but only with no more 90 degree weather. At least you had the lovely lake to cool off in. :)

    1. No...there were pesky Deer Flies..but only in the sunshine... They didn't like the "Calm Coat" we put on us and the horses...thankfully!

      We love how close the MOUNTAIN trails are...just an hour and we can go to 3-5 lakes...nice groomed trails. Just being higher usually is cooler around that is nice.
      Harley horse maybe needs to go somewhere he is unfamiliar with..not home, and not knowing which direction is home! Wa is always better on LONG rides and away from home.

  6. What a wonderful & beautiful trip!! Being unplugged is a weird feeling, but nice for so many reasons. Sorry to hear about the camera, that is frustrating. Have you tried a card reader? I've always used one instead of the cords, they are inexpensive & easier (in my opinion). Your camera photos are awesome, they always represent such true feeling! All nice, but I especially love the last one of Wa sporting her feather & flower, looking all content!!

    1. Oh Thanks..Will Try The Card Reader!!
      I'm Wanting To Camp Again Now!!

  7. I'm so jealous of your horse camping! It's something on my bucket list but I've never done it. Lots of other camping, but not horse camping. The scenery you rode through is beautiful.
    Guess you don't get horse flies? I can't ride in the woods this time of year or I'd be swarmed with them.
    Loved your plan of getting up at 6 to do chores and then back to bed. We do that on weekends sometimes :).

  8. TherE Were Some Blasted Deer Flies, Nasty Things. Only In The Sun, And Easily Curtailed.

    Oh, Love Horse Camping, But For Reason
    s You Already Have...Your Horses With You When You Ride Up In The Morning.

    How You Get To Do That Sometime Soon, Rather Than Later!!

  9. Oh what a happy post! Sounds like heaven - except the mosquitos!

    Two happy mares, feathers for the manes, smiling, talking, sighing, sisters. Sweet B-man as companion and chef! Veggie fare - lake views - fresh air. All sound perfect!

    Loved the video!

  10. Twas a very relaxing the work and heat...we always were refreshed by the rides( Beauty of them) and the company back at camp.
    Yea, those bugs were pesky...AKK!

  11. How did I miss this awesome post?!

    Thanks for taking us along on your delightful horsey vacation. Sounds like it was perfect - mosquitoes a small price to pay. Your pictures are always great no matter what kind of camera you use. The last of Wa mare is superb. Loved the video too!

    1. Oh Thanks C!
      Well, I've Been Motivated"Little" With Our Heat To Sit With The Computer...That's My Story!


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