Last one, I promise! I’ll stop posting ride photos for a while after this, but I had to share.
These are from Consolation’s and my climb out of the Owyhee River Canyon at Snively Hot Springs. The trailhead (if you can call it that; the closest thing to a trail was an occasional cow path) is a little more than a hour’s trailer ride from In the Night Farm. Leaving Ironman to fly fish on a flooded river bank (good luck!), Consolation and I started up a creekbed, swung west, and began our climb.
It was slow going and very technical in places as we leaped up rocky ledges and picked steep, winding routes among small boulders. Between ridges, we threaded our way through gnarled sagebrush, trotting when we could before reaching the next, steep climb.
Surprisingly, it took us just two hours to reach the rim and find our way back again, sometimes with my feet braced in stirrups tilted to the points of Consolation’s shoulders as she navigated the downward slope. Boy, was I glad to be secure in my Stonewall, on a horse that responded to light cues so she could have all the rein she needed!
I’m guessing the whole ride was less than 8 miles, but believe me, it was a workout. Consolation is resting now, having put in 45 miles last week, and so my attention swings back to Ripple and Acey…