We had several beautiful rides this weekend! It is amazing how quickly the foliage blossoms out in the spring. Spring was in full swing when we got to LBL. The camp ground was over flowing with endurance riders for the weekend ERIC event, so we almost didn't get an electric site. One of the ladies at the check station was very gracious and called a friend that had a permanent site and asked if we could stay in his spot for the weekend. We were very fortunate and grateful for her kind act. Again there just aren't people like horse people! We settled into camp after searching for our spot in the dark...something that does NOT make Mr. Simmons a "happy camper" HA pun intended and then settled in the horses and tucked them in for the night on their high line. It was actually my fault that we got to camp so late because I had to work until 5:30. We cooked pork chops on the grill and had a really late supper, but we were hungry at that point! Then it was straight to bed for us, for a new day of riding would dawn before we knew it!
On this camping trip we camped among the pine grove and the smell of the pines and campfires mingling together are a treat to the senses. Our second night in camp Keith again makes friends with the neighbors and they invite us to supper more than once with their group up the hill. We don't partake but it was a very nice gesture. Later they ask to join us around our campfire and we sit staring at the fire and talk the night away. It was very late when we went to bed, but remember my motto is "no clocks on vacation".
The next morning, our last morning to ride we decide to ride some uncharted territory. Keith and I were planning on going to see the buffalo, but decide that it is too long of a ride for this time. We chose to see the old tobacco barn. On the way we pass trails lined with flowering bushes a great act of God's handy work. We stir up millions of butterflys that kiss our faces and bodies engulfing our horses and us as we pass. What an awesome experience! As we round the bend and break through the forest, in the clearing can be seen a relic of history, standing still in time, lending a story from our past. I can almost visualize the farm, and the family working there with their horses and hear the sounds of complete sustainability that farms and families once had. I sit on my horse in awe. looking up into the rafters and imagining what that life must have been like. Harder but satisfyingly simpler...I savor this day as if it were that time...no cell phones, automobiles, city noise, or pollution...just me, Keith, horses, and nature.
On our way back to camp I tell Keith of an old cabin or corn crib that I would like to photograph. I found it when I was waiting for him to return to camp the day before. Again I am amazed at the craftsmanship of our forefathers and let my mind drift to what kind of history was made in this spot so many years ago. Were there little children running around in overalls and calico dresses? Chickens pecking in the yard? The old milk cow chewing her cud in the meadow. A team of mules harnessed and waiting to plow...I picture a true scene from Where the Red Fern Grows.
As all good stories do this one ends another chapter. For my story will not end until I do. My next chapter starts with my next adventure. I hope you will join me to see what that next chapter brings. Happy trails my friends....see you on the back of a horse, the best place to be!