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Operating as usual
A lovely, early morning drive out of the Shasta Valley, just before sunrise. Around that BIG beautiful mountain and along Hwy 97 to Mt Shasta city...The drive home, was not as relaxing. The 97 fire broke out shortly before sunset and quickly, full wildfire supression was taking place along the road and in the sky...Plumes of smoke filled the sky and spilled out into the Shasta Valley. The 97 Fire has burned 30 acres and 25% contained as of 9pm last night.
An ADVENTURE in the Modoc , Shasta- Trinity and the Klamath National Forests...Our destination was Medicine Lake, however the extremely facinating geological area did prompt many stops at sites to take in the many views. Getting familiar with a few more snowmobile parks, they make fabulous staging areas in the summer and easy access to miles and miles of trails!
FUN with pool noodles! Desensitizing the horses, one desensitized well and the other not so much....
ADVENTURE on Ball Mountain! Two times I have tried to ride to the Ball Mountain Lookout( historic), starting at Jaunita Lake. There is a route up from there but there is very little trail description and a hard to follow described route... I found it to be a very, very, overgrown trail and at times only navigating with sense of direction, I never found the way but had a couple of FANTASTIC rides trying with INCREDIBLE views, overlooking Butte Valley...Third times a charm, only by forest service roads from a different approach, on Willow Creek Mountain and not on horseback...A bucket list item, checked off my list and completed! Definately worth ALL my efforts!
Ready for Fall!
This coyote has one of the best views, here at the ranch! To see the approaching storm cells move through, the mountain freshly covered in snow and??? I suppose it can spot possible meal opportunities too.....
The struggle is real! After years of riding and now making the transition to a new and younger mount, I am nervous...
I mean, we wouldn't be human if we didn't get nervous - it happens all the time in all avenues of life. Sit on a 1000-pound animal about five feet off the ground and commit your entire being to that animal's four legs - and then try to get it to DO things - well, yeah, one can see how a somewhat precarious situation might arise!
Confidence comes with skill building. There is NO short cut to learning!
Even though I feel I have a good riding technique, I want to improve and grow with my new mount as quickly as possible and this is the way to go! Getting help from a riding instructor, is really the only way, even though I have been riding my whole life! I have reached out for that help, meet Kristen Westhouse, KW Horsemanship-HumanHorse coach, intructor and trainer. Kristen is extremely professional and loaded with knowledge and skills, her teaching stratagies are impressive, clearly communicated, easy to follow for both horse and human and do work well.
One must lesson and practice. It is the only way...There is something to be said for having a consistant " eye on the ground" It is extremely empowering, comfortable and helpful to be under her wing while recieving guidence learning these new horse handling skills and watching her and other riders at a higher level than myself, I have much to gain by having techniques and stratagies modeled for me. Best is yet to come, when she gets on Jasper and can show me how she rides him to eliminate spooks,how to use my aids effectively and what to do if something specific happens. Once I have overcome my obstacles, or developed the skills necessary to have more confidence, I can make this transition easier, more safely and move on with Jasper, a less educated and more sensitive horse. Where ever you are today with your horse, horses, horsemanship skills, confidence, etc...We can always improve and I highly reccomend Kristen Westhouse for ANY of your horse or human needs, give her a call!
Evening colors were amazing tonight! A rainbow, as the red hues were dominating the landscape and just before the sun slipped away for the day on the horizon...
Mt Shasta uncloaked this am...A WONDERFUL site...Before and after....
RAIN continues and the parched high desert landscape is just soaking it up...A truley wonderfull thing! The cooler temps make for FRISKY horses and when the sun can peek through, we are getting some fabulous colors!
CHILLY evening stroll out on the back 40! Mt Shasta is getting some snow and were getting some MUCH needed rain....
Somewhere in the forest.....
Here is a GREAT reason to head out into the forest! Gather some pinecones and get creative!!!!FUN STUFF!
Smoothstem Blazingstar....A favorite!
Looking back, just a couple years ago. Boots and I scouting a way to the top! An incredible, 10 mile ride up the Whaleback to a popular paragliding launch site at 7437 feet with spectacular views of Mt. Shasta the Shasta Valley and beyond. The Whaleback tops out at 8,528 feet and is one of the highest points in the Goosenest Ranger District in the Klamath National Forest...We discovered a route to the top that day but never made it back to do it...Still a bucket list item!
BOBCAT came back at dinner time! The cottontail was aware the bobcat was sizing it up and after a lengthy stand off the cottontail darted off to safety in the rock wall...Not certain if its the same bobcat that visited a few weeks ago or another????
dropping out of the Mountain Fire smoke layer! The parent clouds must be up there somewhere?????
Mammatus is a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud, typically a cumulonimbus raincloud, although they may be attached to other classes of parent clouds. The name mammatus is derived from the Latin mamma.
Septembers " Harvest Moon" is almost full...BIG and orange as it began its ascension through the layers of smoke....NO, hummingbirds dont fly at night but the hummingbird moth does! It was really enjoying my four o'clocks that open for that evening show.....
We have been bumped down to "green" status...Green= clear to repopulate and be aware of your surroundings...A walk around the property today revealed alot of burned matter, that was carried in with the wind. This is common and we have seen this before with other fires...What was so impacting to see this time was the size of these embers/ burned matter that blew in and is scattered throughout our property...We do still have ash falling, here at times and my guess is the bigger stuff blew in when the Mill fire initialy started and the bigger winds were blowing and swirling the large smoke plume we first saw as it blew over head....YIKES!
Still in an evac warning state but heat signatures on map clearly show Mill Fire slowing...There was NO forward progress on the fire, yesterday...The Mountain Fire is growing and grew by 2000 acers, yesterday....Still have lots of smoke and ash falling here at the ranch...
Things are looking better...Madatory evacuation has been changed to a warning now....Positive news!
Mill fire mayhem......Yesterday things were tense, 7 miles from the ranch, as the crow flys...Evacuation orders came quick! Wind driven monster has devistated much, north of W**d, CA....Currently safe, here at the ranch...Wait and watch....
Around Mt Shasta and some of the late summer colors. This was a very clear day, free from wildfire smoke......
Mt Shasta looks to be experiencing alot of glacial melt this year and erosion from the melting glaciers....
Whitefish Horse Camp
When a spontanious trip North, leaves a lasting imprint, years later....
Riding in the Descutes National Forest to Windy Lakes in the Diamond Peak Wilderness....
The Diamond Peak Wilderness straddles the Cascade Mountains. Diamond Peak was formed as the entire land mass of the Cascades was undergoing volcanic activity and uplift. Great glaciers carved the large volcanic peak and when they receded, the bulk of the mountain remained, with snowfields near the summit and dozens of small lakes surrounding the peak.
Diamond Peak Wilderness area covers 52,611 total acres. Lakes from one to 28 acres in size dot the landscape. Approximately 14 miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail pass through this wilderness. Another 38 miles of trail, including the 10-mile Diamond Peak Trail, stretches the length of the west side of the peak.
Nearly the entire area is covered with mixed stands of mountain hemlock, lodgepole and western white pine, and silver, noble and other true firs.
ZINNIAS have been fun to watch as they grow! Cheery and colorful flowers
Coyote kids come in close...Still learning the ropes and carefully watched by there parent...Very little fear and super curious...
" Hi there, little buddy"!
The praying mantis is a symbol of good luck( BRING IT ON). Seeing it is a sign that you'll experience a stroke of good luck( I AM SO READY!). That luck can come in various forms and you can expect it soon( TODAY?). The praying mantis is also a symbol of calmness, focus, and concentration(Definately need this TODAY)!
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
EVERYONE needs some " Happy Feet" in there lives!
Sitting here, watching the world go by..This bobcat has discovered his meal ticket! Our front lawn is frequented by rabbits, big and small in the mornings and evenings...Yesterday I got to watch the bobcat in action and putting on all its moves as it sized up an unsuspecting rabbit and hoped for breakfast! NO RABBITS WERE HARMED while capturing the bobcat stalking a possible meal but I am pretty sure it will return to try again....If your a bobcat, it would be pretty hard to pass by this smorgasbord of your favorite treat!
Very eventfull day ahead????Could be.....
There is nothing like a well seasoned and trusty mount! " THE LAST RIDE" we encountered a NEVER ending locust swarm. Apparently, perfectly timed to travel this area and experience the newly hatched locust...Unfortunately it lasted for a few miles and we had no choice but to re treat, very unpleasant for both horse and rider..Imagine 100's of the flying young,hitting and bouncing off your horse from every angle...A rapid and instant desensitation course for your horse and a rather obnoxious unpleasant encounter for the rider! The rather violent head shaking, snorting and sneezing as the hoppers hit our horses bellies, nose, eyes, ears, etc...Not to mention our reaction to swat, flick and smash the many swarming buggies...One of those random things you can not prepare for out on the trail, ahead of time! A seasoned, well rounded and steady mount...Priceless!
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TAKE A PEEK!
When you can not walk. Let me help you run.
When you are afraid.
Let me teach you to trust.
When you are weak.
Let me help you build strength.
When you can not find your voice.
Let us speak without words.
When you want to give up.
Let me show you how far you can go.
MOON RAYS...The setting July Buck SUPERMOON this morning had the characteristics and colors of a sunrise!
Taking in the evening sunset, high above our Shasta Valley and deep in the forest....
A favorite place for sure!
Swallows and Sparrows...Late bloomers...The tiny little Sparrows are being encouraged to leave the nest but have not yet taken that leap of faith....Any day now! The Swallows are a bit behind and have more growing to do...Mom and dad keep the food coming, a full time job...
NEW fly masks....Boys are pretty tough on there fly masks and each year its always a challenge to find one that holds up to there shennanigans!
Boots is proudly wearing his Defender comfort fly mask with ears...
Jasper is sporting the Uviator, up to 90% UV protection....Pretty pricey but he needs this to protect his pink, sensitive skin....Will see how these products work out...Both fly masks survived day 1!
MAGICAL moments in the mountains! Things are happening up at higher elevations...
Yesterday afternoon the clouds began to build...We started out with gusty outflow winds, time to tuck the horses in the barn and wait and watch. The thunderheads above, became very active and parked above our area...Hours of cracking lightning and BIG booms, what a show! Most of this came with heavy downpours and hail but still many fire starts that kept our fire crews busy. Forecast today, looks to be a repeat of yesterday....
A little slice of heaven!
A HOT day, NO better way to beat the heat and hang out with mother nature...Refreshed and grounded!
Grounded for me is being fully present in the now. It is not worrying about the future or judging the past, because that takes you out of the present moment, and the present moment is all that really exists. These days as I run on autopilot and stuggle to make sense out of the here and now, I am stuggling to stay grounded and its so hard to get my attention out of my head and mind and into my body. Its easy for me to spend a lot of time within my mind, overthinking. Remaining grounded is key. It sure works for me!
Mares and Foals...Who doesent love the babies! BREATHTAKING, just due to the numbers of horses here and then add the scenery....One can sure appreciate these beautiful creatures in this natural setting...
Herd Peak Fire Lookout...Best views around! Friendly and informative staff...A MUST VISIT, every year!
These little lovies are springing up on the back 40...A nice colorful evening walk in search of the Mariposa Lillys...
DAWN...I was able to get almost all the planets in...Missing Saturn.
Every morning and evening the cottontails dine on the green grass in our front yard. Last evening, I had to intervene as a bobcat was sizing them up and hoping for his dinner! The bobcat was watching intently, swishing his tail and then crouched down, ready to pounce! Harsh reality of the wildlife food chain. The bunnies remained frozen in place, long after I ran the bobcat off....Safe this time, but luck for the bunnies will likely run out at some point...
Growing beautiful flowers with gorgeous views of Mt. Shasta. We want to share the joy, wonder and m
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