Horseback Wanderings in Central Washington

A New Year, a New Start

Okay, so I’ve been AWOL for awhile, but with a new year and now that I’m retired, I’m going to try to be more consistent with keeping up here.

I’m going to start with a batch of ride photos from 2014.  Because my horse has been laid up, I myself haven’t been on too many club rides, so many of these photos are blatantly stolen from other members’ Face Book pages.  Kate will be limited for at least another 4-6 months, so please feel free to email me any ride photos you come up with.

These are not quite in order, and if anyone can identify an unlabeled photo (or correct one that I’ve labeled wrong) let me know!

Enjoy!

Along the Columbia River, mid-winter.

 

 

New Years Day at Wanapum Dam.

Bundled up for lunch on New Years Day 2014.

 

Work Party for Hoover Clinic

Work Party for Hoover Clinic

Work party finishing out the pond.

Work party finishing out the pond.

Headed out from Kathy M’s.

 

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Pre-Clinic meeting with Hoovers

Pre-Clinic meeting with Hoovers

On a ridge above Kathy M's Ranch.

On a ridge above Kathy M’s Ranch.

Is this a water obstacle or swimercize?

Is this a water obstacle or swimercize?

Sharon on the grand staircase.

Sharon on the grand staircase.

Barb practicing gate maneuvering.

Barb practicing gate maneuvering.

On our way on the obstacle course at Laurie H's.

On our way on the obstacle course at Laurie H’s.

Judy negotiating the ditch.

Judy negotiating the ditch.

Raeanna works in the turn-around box.

Raeanna works in the turn-around box.

Lori coming down the grand staircase.

Lori coming down the grand staircase.

Lori follows JoLinn Hoover through the pond.

Lori follows JoLinn Hoover through the pond.

Pete Lake trailhead?

Pete Lake trailhead?

The traditional Pete Lake lunch shot.

The traditional Pete Lake lunch shot.

At "the cave"  in the Teanaway.

At “the cave” in the Teanaway.

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Checking out the Naneum, after the fire.

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Robinson Canyon?

Robinson Canyon?

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At "the cave"  in the Teanaway.

At “the cave” in the Teanaway.

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Looking for Cows (in all the wrong places!).

 

Cattle clinic at the Akhursts.

Cattle clinic at the Akhursts.

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“Get along, little doggies.”

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On the dam at the Cascadia Conservancy.

On the dam at the Cascadia Conservancy.

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Photographing the photographer.

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The spillway at Cascadia Conservancy.

The spillway at Cascadia Conservancy.

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Those cows need serious strategizing!

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Movin’ the herd.

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Hunting season calls for blaze orange!

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Some of the new jumps at the Washington Horse Park.  (No they didn't ump them!)

Some of the new jumps at the Washington Horse Park. (No they didn’t jump them!)

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Joe Watt Canyon.

Joe Watt Canyon.

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Top of the world, above the Yakima River.

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Out in the Shrub-Steppe, at the Green Gates.

Out in the Shrub-Steppe, at the Green Gates.

Joe Watt Canyon.

Joe Watt Canyon.

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Lunch at Curley's?

Lunch at Curley’s?

2013 in Review

For those of you who didn’t make it to the February meeting, here is the slide show of last year’s events.

Everybody knows that Kittitas Valley Trail Riders LOVE to ride!

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And everybody knows that KVTRiders LOVE to visit (and eat)!

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So be sure to come on out the the membership drive this Saturday, June 29th at the Washington State Horse Park in Cle Elum.  Bring family and friends to ride and visit with this great group of folks.

Check your club email for a flyer with all the details. (For some reason I couldn’t get the flyer to load here.)

It’s February, and club members continue to hunt out the drier, warmer environs east of the Valley.  We’re all hoping that the weather will continue to improve, and we’ll get some club rides scheduled soon!

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Last night we had a busy meeting, with lots of spirited conversation, as we discussed club plans for the coming season.  President Kathy Grasher called the meeting to order with her dinner bell.  (Some consider this a more melodic upgrade from Barry’s cowbell…)

Although our weekly rides tend to be somewhat spontaneous, based on weather and trail conditions, we discussed involvement in many different events this spring and summer.  These included the upcoming 4H tack sale at the Kittitas Valley Event Center, February 23; the Barb Apple clinic, March 17-18 (contact Terri H. for info); a possible KVTR day in June, at the Washington State Horse Park, as a membership drive for both KVTR and the Horse Park (Warren E. will be heading up a planning committee); and the prospects of a day working cattle at Don Akehurst’s ranch in late April.   Volunteers are needed for all of these goings-on, so if your available please contact the person listed above, or Kathy or another officer.

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We had also been approached by the Eastern Washington Quarter Horse Club to see if KVTR wanted to take over their prize ride at Silver Ridge Ranch.  It was decided that this probably wasn’t something the club should take on, because the cost of insurance would nearly outweigh any funds to be raised.  It was discussed that, besides membership fees, the club doesn’t really have any fundraising activities at this time, so officers are open to suggestions.

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Afterward, as folks chatted with each other, VP Mike S. conducted our monthly raffle, and the winners seemed pleased with their goodies.  Speaking of goodies, everyone enjoyed Valentines cookies and cupcakes and candy corn, along with a fresh pot o’ coffee, courtesy of our President.  Thanks, Kathy!

Diehards!

I guess if these guys can work up the energy to go for a ride on New Year’s Day, I can manage to put up a post to document it.

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Headin’ out from the parking area, SE of Wanapum Dam.

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Near as I can tell, under all of the outergarments, there were 3 Gormans, 2 Edwards, a Weidenbach, a Whitlow, and the abominable snowman.

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I think they call this “Asparagus Flats”, though I’m not sure why…I’ve never seen any vegetable side dishes there (nor Hollandaise sauce).

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Warren proves it wasn’t really “freezing”–as some in attendance contended!

Be on the lookout for your New Year’s edition of the Tailwind.  We’ll see you at the Cattlemen’s next Thursday (guest speaker is Dr. Erin Zamzow).

Liquidation Sale!

“No.  I’m not going out of business.  I just need to get two months worth of rides onto the blog before the photos go stale…”

The above introduction was written in June, and I didn’t get any farther than that!  So now here it is EIGHT months later, and I’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do…and some big-time catching up!

So here is the video that I put together for the KVTR Christmas party.  I hope it suffices to get you up-to-date.  My new year’s resolution will be to do a better job of maintaining the blog.  (Hopefully, it will last longer than most folks’ resolutions.)

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, and many Happy Trails in the New Year!

Because I was too much of a wuss to venture out in the E-burg wind last weekend…

This weekend, however, provided a be-a-u-tiful day!

Fifteen riders met at the “Green Gates”/13-mile-marker/silage pits/China Hat trailhead.  Most riders had shed their coats before we even hit the trail at 10:00, and it wasn’t long before we stopped to let folks take off vests/sweatshirts/whatever-was-the-next-layer.  There was scarcely a cloud in the sky, and the vanes of the windmills above us were just barely moving.

For a lot of the horses, this was their first real ride out for the season, and they were pretty soft, and winter-fuzzy, so we took our time, stopping periodically on the longer climbs.  But they all behaved themselves (pretty much) and everyone had a great time.

Chuck and Michael headed back before the last loop to start the chili (Mulligan stew style).  When the rest of us got back to the trailers, we put our trusty steeds up with their haybags, and gathered round for a hearty meal and good fellowship.

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It was a good ride!

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Quote for the day:

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.