|Home sweet home, for a few days|
We initially had planned to camp out near Crater Lake, but since my friend still had to work a bit it didn't work out. We were just going to do a day ride there instead, but it turned out the road to the campsites was closed anyhow. We ended up going to a different trail nearby instead, which was fine except Cupid and I were pretty much eaten alive by mosquitoes! I have over 50 bites! (Apparently they are especially attracted to pregnant women, since blood volume, CO2 emission, and body temperature are all elevated) They liked Cupid too, since he is thin skinned, and he was a bit miserable too kicking his belly and shaking his head. But he handled the rocky terrain and trail obstacles like a champ! On the way back Cupid was in front, and he walked a bit ahead, and since I was pretty over the mosquitoes I decided to let him and meet back at the trailer. If he got too far ahead he would stop and wait until he could hear the other horses catch up. Once he got a little too far ahead and whinnied, but he was pretty calm, no jigging.
The trail was pretty deserted, we only saw one man with his dogs, and a small group of hikers. The hikers patted Cupid and said how pretty he was, and told me they just watched Justify win the Triple Crown and were impressed that Cupid used to race too. Some people are not happy to share trails with horses so I always try to be friendly.
|Drinking from a stream|
|Crossing a bridge|
|In the woods|
|Through a meadow|
The trip was a great adventure, and further solidified my trust in Cupid and reminded me yet again he is capable of more than I give him credit for sometimes. Even though we have been going to many new places since getting the trailer last year, we haven't done any overnight trips in a long time so I was very pleased with how quickly he settled in. It helped to have the other (well-behaved!) horses around as he still gets insecure. We are already looking at doing this again next year!