Looking across, we spy the car belonging to friends who rent the red building (used to be a tack shop) --- we decide to tarry a bit and visit.
Time to get on our way ....
There are a couple of options as far as routes to the floodplains - we choose to trot over the dam bridge this trip. This is only our second journey over this bridge ... last time was April 8, 2008- and that day there was still ice and snow on the reservoir and crossing the river would have been CHILLLEEE. Today- is beautiful and sunny and as I remarked on my farm blog -- a real Zippity Doo Dah day !
As Uncle Remus said --it's the kind of day where you can't open your mouth without a song jumping right out of it.
Trail that runs along the river.
Last time we trekked the floodplains for a river crossing was July, 2009 . The river banks were grown up and green then, but due to the persistent rains -- the water level was almost as high as it was this trip. Unusual for summer.
Here's the little path down to the water-- in mid-summer, this path is completely camouflaged with tall weeds and brush.
Keri takes the first step -- shallow, then deeper, then, OK my shoes are wet.... Elektra is blowing bubbles with her nose in the water --- silly dressage horse :)
My Loch Ness mare.
And here is our entertaining video clip of Zoe trying not to chuckle too much while her mother is in danger of being swept away downstream :0 The current was swift, the water deep -- but just WAY TOO MUCH FUN !! The water at one point was over my saddle.... eeeks. And to think I had packed extra socks to change into after we were done -- no point in that now. Of course - even the though the current threatened to carry me and Keri off- that did not stop me from doing it again. (and again)
Elektra is frolicking a bit in the water - so difficult for Zoe to hold the camera steady.
The trot home was great -- thankfully warm so it did not matter that I was soaked from the waist down. We took trail almost all the way home.
Can't wait to return !!