Issy travelled several hundred miles on the Pacific Crest Trail and is now on vacation at the farm. He will rest, play and enjoy his pasture mates until spring when he will start training again for a long trip in Washington if the snow allows or travel the Continental Divide in Colorado, again weather permitting!
Issy will be traveling the Pacific Crest Trail again this year: follow him at www.woodswitch.com - wish us luck to get over the high passes (14,000' elevation) this year! We leave Arkansas in mid July. We hope to cover about 780 miles but realize that snow and bad weather will determine the distance.
Issy is back on the Pacific Crest Trail for 45 days and we are having computer trouble but will try to post as much as possible.
We arrived at Kanapolis State Park in Kansas and rode for a few days enjoying the areas as well seeing Mushroom Rock while the horses rested.
From there we went to Laramine, WY, then to Salt Lake City, Reno and on to Carter Meadows.
Carter Meadows had SNOW again this year but we were able to enjoy riding several side trails including Syphon Lake where Karen a friend from Mena fell in trying to get water for Rusty.
Karen is a great rider and this gave Rusty our paint mare out of our Tb mare The Boys and Me a chance to get some wilderness experience.
We were told to ride the California Coast and we decided to try Homboldt Redwood State Park and were delighted we did. The redwoods were something to see.
We then traveled up the coast to Baker Beach in Oregon and rode the beach. Issy was like a wild man and I spent a good bit of time walking and getting his used to the waves. I even lunged him for several minutes passing closer to the waves with each circle. Even after such extra efforts Issy never really settled enough to be safe, but the people we met at camp were more than understanding and rode slow so we could stay close. It would have taken several days to acclimate Issy to the "horrors" of the ocean but we only had one day.
We left Baker Beach to meet up with Emily to plan our Oregon trip from Olallie Lake to Cascade Locks: you can
follow the rest of our Pacific Crest Trip of 2011 at www.woodswitch.com