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  1. Nice Day For A Ride At The Farm

    Yes glad to hear Tony is doing well and that he gets to ride your fine horse. What a great friend! And a great way to spend a day!
  2. Birthday Camp And Ride

    Steve, Glad to hear you had a great birthday party ride. Wild turkeys are good at teaching my horse how to spook in place. We have lots of them in the foothills around Philomath and they are noisey when they get startled or take flight. Sorry to hear you had bad experiences with facebook. I'm on there also, but I am careful with antivirus software and keep it pretty locked down tight. So far so good...
  3. Took To The Forest For A Trail Ride

    Luv, Elk lake trailhead is where my OET chapter and I work from on the PCT! We were there the end of August working. Excuse me while I toot my own horn: We cleared 20 miles of the PCT from Wickiup Plains to Mink Lake trail, the Mink Lake access trail, the Elk Lake access trail, the Mirror Lake access trail and the wagon road. I love that area. Looks like your forest photos are on the west side after crossing the PCT. Love your desert photos also. Thanks for sharing
  4. Trail Riding Recipes...

    Wow UTR's mountain man breakfast sounds wonderful! Gideyup, the boiling the eggs in a ziplock bag thing works great in a large group to make individual omlettes. Put out cut up veggies and cheese, everyone puts their eggs in the baggies along with their choice of other stuff and boil in a huge pot of water. Make sure to use good brand zipper bags and a sharpy to write your name on your bag.
  5. Fall Ride Up A Washed Out Canyon

    Canyons are ever changing. With a fire and flood the change happens more quickly. Sometimes it is sad to see the erosion and destruction. But there is always something unique and pretty even in the midst of erosion. It quite a contrast seeing the washed out gully and cottonwoods and lush vegitation on the sides. It sure is a pretty place. Thanks for sharing the interesting story and the pictures. The sound of the horses hooves clip clopping on the rocks was nice also.
  6. A Short Trailess Ride

    Great photo's. Love the 'boy' He's got quite a rack on him. Thanks for sharing your beatiful part of the world with us.
  7. Trail Riding This Labor Day Weekend

    Come on out! We're going to Wild Mare campground in Florence Oct 14-16! You should come join us. From there you can ride the dunes, the beach or the coastal grass marshes. It has a great camp ground and lots of variety in riding terrain. Just like Oregon! Where you can go from the high desert, to the high mountain apline terrain, to the valley, to rain forest, to the beach. We're all very blessed!
  8. Trail Riding This Labor Day Weekend

    What a neat area. I haven't ridden there yet. I'm on the western side of Oregon, but I love coming to central and eastern Oregon and riding on the dry side! I wish I could live in central Oregon. Thanks for sharing. Love the braids on your horse.
  9. Oh Deer, Oh Deer.

    GG, Great pics as usual! Love the big white fluffy tails on those deer. Plus that bachelor herd was nice to look at also. We've got lots of bear sign up in the mountains around here. I haven't gotten to see one yet this year. And like PCS, loads and loads of berries. The blue huckleberries and the red huckleberries are huge this year and the bushes are loaded with them. I think PCS is speaking of blackberries with the thorns. Around home here they are loaded on the bushes as well. An old wives tail I've heard is when there are lots of berries we are in for a long hard winter. I sure hope summer lasts long into the fall around here. Our high country snow is just now getting off the trails and we've only just started having hot weather. We'll see if the wives tail proves true.
  10. Riding

    When I came up there and rode with Zaar and camped at Mt Adams, I had the perfect view point right out of my tent of Mt Adams, it was really warm. I was so excited to lay there and watch the UFO's circle the Mt... Then when my head hit my pillow my eyes fell shut and I didn't get to see them! My horse told me about them the next day though! Lucky stayed awake and watched them!
  11. Just Stopping By To Share Some Yaha Tinda Movies

    Wow what a neat place. That is now on my list of places I want to go and ride!
  12. Old Santiam Wagon Road

    Thanks everyone! Siseley, no worries! We all do our part, in some places polictal wrangling is needed and in others just muscle. I like doing the muscle part so that is the part I participate in. Your fight is a different one, but just as important! Cathy, Yes we are required to be certified to run chain saws or cross cut saws when doing volunteer trail clearing. CPR and Wilderness first aid and trained and certified for which ever saw we are using, and allowed to only cut downed logs up to the size we are certified to cut. It is a 3 day training every year. The good that goes along with that hassle is we are covered under the FS insurance as an unpaid worker. If anyone were to get hurt that insurance would pick up the cost, as long as we were playing by the rules and wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment. That is why you see helmets on all of us and chaps on the chain saw operators. We also may only use chain saws outside the wilderness and cross cut saws and axes inside the wilderness. You have to find yourself a really good cross cut saw sharpener and those cross cuts when sharpened properly will go through nearly as fast of a chain saw in the right hands! You can hear the saw sing to you when it is working perfectly! It's something you have to love doing and you need lots of other people who feel the same way. I'm lucky, we have everything we need including the artist who sharpens our saws in our club! Here's a pic of us using a crosscut in the wilderness. Not a very big tree, but we've had some that were over 50 inches in diameter and full of tension and compression and had lots of limbs to clear before we could even start on the log. There has been a couple logs over the years that were all day jobs! Andi, That is cool about your ancestors. You're right about the wood cutting permit, you just need to apply. This volunteer work is a different thing. You do have to be certified. As for the Old Santiam Wagon Rd, the western most portion is accessed from where the Mountain House Restaraunt once operated on Hwy 20 East of Sweet Home, OR. The Old Santiam Wagon Rd then travels mostly on the southern side of Hwy 20, crossing it a couple times and at times right where hwy 20 now lies, so they have moved the Old Santiam Wagon Rd trail in some places to allow trail users to continue their journey away from the highway. It crosses the McKenzie Hwy just south from where it leaves Hwy 20, goes to the north of Sand Mountain, the South of Hoodoo Butte and Hayrick Butte and then right past Graham corral horse camp and into Sisters. That's as much of the route as I know. Most detailed maps will have it listed on them. There is a pioneer grave with a sign near Fish Lake and in some places in that area you can still see the wagon ruts in the lava and see how much lava the pioneers had to move to get wagons through there. It's a great place. You should check it out. Stay at Seven Mile Horse camp, which is on Hwy 20 just west of Tombstone Summit, near mile post 59. Here's the sign and a picture of the old pioneer grave along the trail. Happy trails everyone!
  13. Old Santiam Wagon Road

    The mules following us on out the freshly cleared trail. Checking out the Rhodedendrons. And riding past the Beargrass. Bunch berries. And back across the bridge and then we trailered to Seven Mile horse camp for the night. The next morning we went out and cleared up some water bars along the Santiam Wagon Road near camp, then went for a little 5 mile loop victory ride before heading home. Here's my dog Bo, daughter and hubby and I ready for our victory loop ride on the fresh clear trail with great water bar drainage. Cruising down the trail over one of our water bars. Rhodedendrons dancing in the forest like fairies on the wind. That was the end of our fun work weekend! I hope you enjoyed it!
  14. Old Santiam Wagon Road

    Our friend Marcie ordered a mounting block be placed on the side of the trail. Here's my daughter testing it out. Puddle's the mule is one stocky lady. She stood patiently tied to a bush while we cut up the old growth tree. There was lots of wildflowers out. This is Devil's club, not quite to the flowering stage. Wild strawberries. Bleeding Heart. Salmon berry. Old growth numero dos. Watching the rounds roll down the hill is my favorite part! The completed clearing of this log. Plenty wide!
  15. Old Santiam Wagon Road

    Our OET chapter has a reputation for being able to handle a large job... So when the forest service heard there was a large old growth log down on the trail on the Old Santiam Wagon Road, they asked us to go up there and clear it and any other logs. We found a total of two old growth logs and a little more than 30 smaller logs in the section we cleared. I hope you enjoy our 'work' party as much as we did! Cindy and Puddles the mules loaded up and ready to ride. Hubby and daughter ready to ride. We didn't even get a mile out of camp and we found a log down blocking a bridge. Cindy the mule carried one large chainsaw on one side and a medium size chainsaw on the other side. Beargrass lit up the forest all along our route. Hubby's horse sierra carried a hazle hoe and the first aid kit. The old growth was right where it had fallen, just as reported. We made lots of saw dust cutting it up. My hubby and son posing by the log. It was 40 inches in diameter here and we estimate it to be about 300-400 years old. We had to make the cuts thin, so they would be light enough to roll down the hill off the trail.