Camping does wonders for my appetite!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

My appetite for adventure increases and my appetite for food is simply forgotten about. Yeah, yeah, most of us go buy all these great foods to eat while we are camping, but I don't. I usually find stuff that is in my frig and plan for healthy meals that are easy to prepare or pack into the saddle bags. Best of all, I eat far less than I normally would and don't even notice.

This past weekend, I spend a couple nights and days just over the eastern side of the Cascades at a little trailhead called Fifes Peak with a couple of my best friends. The weather was cool, and mostly sunny - best thing was no mosquitos or flies.

Saddled up and ready to ride.

It was a steady climb along steep hillside,

the trail switched back frequently.

Fifes Peak was actually across a valley from us and the view between the trees got better and better the higher we climbed.

There was evidence of bear, a termite log must have made a breakfast bar.

Even Big was enjoying the scenery, or maybe he was just being cautious that the large rock wasn't really a bear.

As we neared the top, the trees showed signs of harsh weather.

This tree resembled the skeletal bones of a fallen dragon.

Root wads greying in the weather, this one shows a polish from the winds that whip over the hill top.

The trail is very close to the edge, it take a lot of courage for me to stay in the saddle. Big is very sure footed and has not made a wrong step. But there really is a lot of trust there as my heart pounds in my throat and I find myself holding my breath.

Finally reaching the top of the 2200 foot climb, it is the view shot. Yes, it was breathtaking. We rode on over the ridge top to a gradual decline into forested hillside intermingled with lush grassy meadows. Evidence of active elk was everywhere, but the only wildlife we saw was a large blue grouse who startled off the trail. We rode through an odd forest of burled pine trees.

Faces of burl

Hairy bum

Drooping bossums

Bumps on a log

More faces

Burled pine totems

About 6 miles in we arrived at Sheepherder Lake. It was a beautiful deep blue green in color, but clear enough to see logs lying on the bottom of the lake. There was a nice little camp area and the lake is said to yield some nice sized trout, but we decided to head back and stop for lunch in one of the many meadows that we had passed.

Thank you for joining us on this journey, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Oh, my jacket still smells of campfire smoke - it is a wonderful smell isn't it.

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    Now that's what I'm talking about! A riding blog! Just like my walking blogs! Thought I'd come check it out when you made a comment on my blog (thanks by the way) about your website ones. I will go there too. I envy you with your horses and being able to ride in beautiful mountains like this! Maybe one day I will be able to come up there and take a ride with you!! Better get out the step stool, don't think these bad knees of mine could pull me up there! emoticon

    emoticon For sharing! Fellow rider, Connie emoticon

    Love those trees-that is too cool how they look!!!!
    3807 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/7/2010 3:43:30 PM
    absolutely emoticon going to check the web page!

    do you hobble the horses when in the meadow?

    What would Big do if you came up on a bear.. lions and tigers oh my! emoticon
    3888 days ago
    I have posted more pictures of this trip and other recent trips on my website if anyone is interested, please check us out. - Debie
    3888 days ago
    Those are such beautiful pictures! That is so cool that you got to do that. Fun times!
    3889 days ago
    I love these pictures! My favorites are of the horses grazing... but then the shot of the quiet lake above that one is awesome, too... and I absolutely loved the one where the tips of your horse's ears are showing. Ah, heck... they're all great. Pictures tell amazing stories. I worked for Eastman Kodak for a LONG LONG time... till they downsized. But working with people's treasured memories (sometimes evidence) was near and dear to my heart. Now we're into an even more remarkable digital age. Being an immediate-gratification type, digital photography is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing! And thank you, too, for your comment on my blog. You're so kind.
    3898 days ago
    3902 days ago
    Omg, those knarled trees facinate me! What makes them do that? I agree, when u r enjoying ur self u don't think about food at all!
    3903 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE!!! How BEAUTIFUL!!!! What state is this? How I miss the TREES and MOUNTAINS! Thank you for the ride! emoticon emoticon
    3903 days ago
    absolutely stunning scenery!!! Thanks for sharing!!
    3903 days ago
    I love the photos. I wanna come camping there. We are camping this weekend. But we are going for a wedding, so not quite the same.
    3903 days ago
    Those were some awesome pictures. I've never seen anything like it. Big sounds pretty great, too.
    3903 days ago
    Wonderful pictures! I so miss living in the West! My sister recently was on a ride with some friends in the mountains of Southern California. They were on a narrow trail with 1,000 foot drop. The ground gave way under her horse, and the two of them started a plunge. Becky was off the horse 10 feet down, and the horse managed to find footing and stop falling. Neither was injured!
    3903 days ago
    Sweeet. Oh, your trips sound so wonderful. I'd so love to go. Honestly though, Pick would fall off a mountain. I'd hav e to rent a sure-footed friend from you!

    I'm in a rush, and will mail you later!

    3903 days ago
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