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Fraggle Friday: Fall Hikes

Let’s be honest. I don’t live in Idaho because it is convenient to get…anywhere. I live here because it looks like this out my back door.

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We had one of the most beautiful September’s in memory and I made it my mission to get out on some hikes.

It’s a bit tougher to just get out and go these days. I need to find someone to let Stella out mid day, as most of these hikes take all day. But once I have her needs covered, I allow myself to just get out there and enjoy it.

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If baby monkey is happy, I’m happy

Because, there is a lot to enjoy

Alpine lakes are probably my most favorite. (And Siri’s too!) The color of the water is unbelievable and it is so quiet and stunning

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This hike was an 11 miler. But it was well worth having tired legs the next day.

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And one of the most iconic hikes in our area takes us to a forest service cabin way out in the mountains.

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Siri leading the way

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On the roof someone painted “The Higher You Get,The Higher You Get.”

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Sadly you can see the smoke is making things hazy. But it’s still pretty

So, Siri and I, and friends, got out there. And I am so glad we did! Every once in a while I appreciate a reminder as to why I love it here so much.

 

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Fraggle Friday: Stella + Idaho

Oh Idaho. Your beauty can makes me forget how crazy a state you really are.

I’m just going to photo dump a few reasons why I feel lucky to live here. (All photos taken in the past week, showing you how much beauty I can see in just a week)

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That’s a mountain goat. Doing his mountain goat thing while I am on a hike

 

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I feel like heaven must have a lot of alpine lakes, cause they sure are beautiful

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How I spent my Tuesday evening

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Smoke filled skies but it’s still quite the view

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Stella had to hike up a steep mountain side so we could get this pic. It was worth it, don’t you think?

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June’s First Trail Ride: aka June Can Buck

In my human mind, trail rides are like when your teacher tells you you’ll be watching a movie during class. You’re like ” sweet! Easy class!” I mean, what horse wouldn’t love a trail ride? You get to hang out with friends, not work, and munch grass.

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Look at that view! Who wouldn’t enjoy that view??

But that was my human mind. I didn’t really look at this from the perspective of an equine. June doesn’t know what a trail ride is. She knows she was trailered about 30 minutes to an unknown location where there were no other horses other than the one she trailered with. We’re in the middle of nowhere. She knows her mother didn’t lunge her, even though she lunges her before every ride. She knows that her mom got on her and expected her to walk out into the unknown forest.

And she responded by launching her mom into outer space.

I’m not making excuses for her. Launching me 1 minute after I got on her back, is not ok. But, since she is a baby horse, I am trying to figure out where I went wrong. And all I can think is it was a bit too much out of her comfort zone.

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Sure, this looks like fun… but not really

We did complete the trail ride. Despite a hard fall, I lunged the snot out of her, and then walked with her out the trail. I rode for about 1/2 the ride and for those moments, she was great. But I was sore, and defeated, and my confidence was blown. So, I didn’t ride her over stream crossings, and when I felt she needed a break I walked along side her. But we completed a 3.6 mile trail ride in the Idaho wilderness.

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Look at me riding my horse on a trail! Also, maybe I shouldn’t have brought Siri along to run around her?

And because I have an amazing friend, and I knew I had to conquer my fears of getting launched on trail rides, I asked Sarah if she would be up for another trail ride the following day. And so, the following day, we loaded the horses up, and gave it one more shot.

And this time, I lunged June.

I left the dog at home.

I didn’t ask any more of her than I do back home in the arena.

And she was foot perfect.

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And I look pretty happy!

She looked around and took it all in, but happily followed Rapid into the Idaho wilderness. This was somewhere she had never been, and she was okay with that. I asked her to lead on the way home and it was ok- she led for a bit, but was clearly a bit unsure. So, we let Rapid lead again, and I rode home on a loose rein.

Was it the perfect first trail ride?

Hell no.

But it ended well, and I am less sore than I was. I learned that keeping her routine as solid as possible is important for her. She wants to be lunged before I ride her no matter where we are. Skipping that, and asking her to be perfect somewhere new, wasn’t fair.

So, June can buck. I knew that. And I need to keep that in mind next time I want to hop on her and do something new. That seems a small price to pay for a horse who otherwise has been fantastic.

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Fraggle Friday!

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It’s pretty where I live. It’s probably the #1 reason I live here. Which may seem silly to some, but being surrounded by natural beauty that I can enjoy easily is important to me.

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The other day a storm was blowing in and the light was incredible. I got some shots of the girls as we climbed a mountain before the rains came.

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I’m not a photographer by any stretch of the imagination, but living out here, I don’t really need to be.

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Happy Fraggle Friday!!

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Surrounded By Beauty

I’ve lived in Idaho for about ten years, having moved here from upstate NY. Ironically, when I lived in NY I didn’t event. Which is a bummer considering I went to school on a property that bordered the Millbrook Equestrian Center, a facility that hosts an amazing Horse Trial each year. And I was literally a stone’s throw away from many other great recognized events.

But I digress. My point is, that I have lived in Idaho for ten years and the beauty that surrounds me never ceases to amaze me.  I moved here partly for a job, and partly because I have always been fascinated by the west. As a child who loved the outdoors and loved horses, the west was like a magical playground. All I could think was, why doesn’t EVERYONE live in the west??

So today, as I was riding Georgie in the mountains I get to look at everyday, I stopped to take in the beauty around me. Ten years later, and I am still blown away by how pretty it is here.  I can now understand why everyone doesn’t live in the west, but man, I am lucky to be able to.

Holy wildflowers! Even Georgie stopped to check them out!

Holy wildflowers! Even Georgie stopped to check them out!

So, before you think ” Stop being so braggy” let me tell you this. We only have 1 recognized event in Idaho. And it is ALL the way across the state. A whopping 8-9 hour drive. We spend more time eventing in Washington, Oregon and California than we do Idaho. So, yeah, it’s pretty. But it is in the middle of nowhere.

Nothing but mountains. And horse ears.

Nothing but mountains. And horse ears.

That said. Today on my ride I saw no one. In fact, when I do see people, I get a little put out. It’s just so rare to have to share the trails! Also, I have zero excuses for having an unfit horse when I go to events. In fact, I’ve found that my horse is sometimes too fit, because I am so obsessed with getting out into the mountains weekly.

Not from my ride. But from my morning hike. Basically my backyard.

Not from my ride. But from my morning hike. Basically my backyard.

So, it’s hard to get here, there are zero recognized events closer than 4 hours away, and sometimes it feels pretty remote, but all in all, I have to say, I’m still fascinated with the west and so happy I live here!

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