Back in 1989 we took a trip to California. (To become acquainted with that trip, check blog posts, California or Bust.) You will note that we traveled in a big old motor-home with a sixteen foot horse trailer behind. You will learn we made this journey with a friend who a pulled a two horse trailer behind his much newer motor-home. On this trip to California there were three horses going and four coming home. Three adults and five children under the age of seventeen were sharing this adventure.
The day passed, I wondered if the girls were doing okay. They would be there helping Doc and I am not sure what they might be wondering since I never made an appearance. The afternoon wore on and pretty soon the riders were returning. Doc was back and said he'd seen the girls. Carrie and Trisha still weren't back! I couldn't understand, they only went to the half way point and now all the riders had returned, still no pick up truck with my girls. In the east at an endurance ride, if you choose to go to the half way point, it's just a matter of miles, the crew is always back to camp and taking naps long before you finish your ride!
I have no idea what time they returned but when they returned I hardly recognized them! The pickup truck had the adults inside and my two girls in the truck bed. The dust in the desert is awful, they looked like ghosts! Their hair was white from the dust! I found out later, that by truck it was a 25 mile drive to the half way point. So that is 50 miles in the back of a truck in the desert! Oh, did I forget to mention, the girls went with no food or water. They managed to get water at the half way point and they stole a candy bar from another riders goodies. The girls have never forgiven me for this adventure! Pretty bad when they no longer trust their Mother or Aunt.
The moral of this story............. they don't do rides in the west like they do in the east.
Picture upper left: The riders leaving Soldiers Meadow horse camp, last horse and rider is me.
Picture lower right: daughter Trisha and neice Carrie