Go to the fair! The summer isn’t quite complete without a trip to the state fair. There is so much to see: wandering the art show, admiring the paintings and sculptures, the farm area with crops, county exhibits, my brain got pretty full!
|art show donkey!|
|transportation exhibit: power horse|
|transportation exhibit: a BIT wrong...|
|transportation: fun auto emblem!|
|this cute goat was very intent on getting dinner!|
|The carnival is more fun from above|
Then I got the chance to go ride with new friends, Cyd (Bugsy's Adventures) and EK. Horses were offered, we rode through miles of golden grain (with the endurance mini in tow!). I haven't ridden really any horse other than Major in years! And am not that brave. But I rode the lovely Amir until he got too silly (super bouncy horse + unfamiliar saddle + less than brave rider = horse switch!). Then I rode the very round Apache, who was a very good boy, especially because he was a bit tired by then! I appreciated the new experience and offer from these new friends, met through this blog!
|view from Amir|
|me on Amir! photo by E.K.|
|me on Apache! photo by E.K.|
Now for finishing the Tevis planning. I’ll be getting all the final gear from my rider on today. I have made up a crew binder with instructions (though with Tevis best laid plans...). My rider is a bit different than the rest: she’ll be on a mule! Keep a look out for rider #169, Eve Blumenfeld, and Ears Looking At You!
|handsome Ears. photo by E.B.|
|fun making Tevis mule art|
It's been a long week already, and now Tevis to finish it off. Staying up for 24 hours, driving all over hauling feed and buckets and helping picky horses and riders. But such a fun adventure to help with. Every rider with a dream. I love the trail, and have ridden almost all of it in sections, but don’t have my own Tevis dreams (I’m just not that competitive!). I am happy to support all those riders with big dreams, through those canyons on the 100-mile journey to the endurance capital of the world.
|Tevis moon over the American River canyon|