|See the mowed trail? Isn't that great!|
We were really confused as to which way to go when this picture was taken! (Not really, but we called it "Which way do we go?"
At one point we had to cross a small channel and the water was almost to Corky's tummy. He did very well, but I had to keep a leg on him the whole time. I wondered at one point if he was going to try to swim, but once again he trusted my judgment and just did it.
While we ate, I had Corky's complete attention, as well as Bear's and our guide Karen's horse Paco!
On another note, the birthday girl's horse Smokey decided to see what other people had left from their lunch! I dubbed him Smokey the Bear, since it's the bears that usually rummage through the trash around here.
After our pitstop we headed back to our starting point, but was going to cross the road to hit the trails in the woods in about a quarter mile. Of course, the horses said "Woohoo! Going home!" Corky was a little bit out of control, but his faster walk is very comfortable, but when we went to turn right, he was very intent on left. Where we cross the road we go up a sand rise and as we got to the top of the rise, Corky said, "Nope, going left." I didn't realize Denise was right behind me, so it was a tight squeeze for a minute, as we both headed back down the hill and back around to go across the road. Corky was testing yesterday, but then I remembered a couple horses that if they tested like that, I would think that was an easy ride!
After riding on a two track for a bit, our guide told us to take this less traveled trail. At first I didn't think I had ever been on it, but then we hit this ridge and I remembered it very well. The first time I was on it was the first year I rode horses a few years back and I was scared, because it's a long ways down on both sides and you don't want your horse losing its footing. It's very pretty and I enjoyed immensely this time around. I tried to take a couple pictures, but it doesn't begin to show the contrast of how high up it is.
This picture gives a contrast with Smokey's head in the view.
And this was an awesome spot to take a couple of other pictures!
We continued on and came to a couple more bridges which Corky did excellent on! The one was wide enough for 4 of us to have our picture taken, but it was quite funny to watch us all try to get lined up!
After we made back to the starting point, we all gathered for ice cream in Karen's restaurant in honor of Terrie's birthday! There is a picture of that somewhere, but I can't find it! We all had helmet head, so maybe it would be too scary! It was an awesome day and I hope you all had an awesome weekend too!
Janeen and Corky
UP of Michigan