Monday, July 9, 2018

Trail Ride: Three Creeks CA

I think I might have recovered some of my brain cells enough to write a coherent entry. We'll see! This weekend we finally got a break from the heat wave, and Saturday was GORGEOUS. Once chores and catching up on some things around the house were done, I dragged DH on a trail ride. I didn't want to drive super far, or deal with a ton of people, so I scrounged up a new place we'd never been to try. Since it was a new place and I wasn't sure what to expect, I opted to take Ruby.
I know, I know. Shorts and sneakers. What am I going to do with him?
We went to Three Creeks Conservation Area -- it wasn't overwhelmingly awesome, but I'd ride there again. It's open to pedestrians, bicyclists, and horseback riding, but the parking lot definitely isn't built with horses in mind. Although there was a really nice mounting block, bonus! When we got there, there were two other trailers, and a few cars. We actually ran into the other group riding as we headed out (they were just getting back). Because there wasn't a lot of room to park (and also I was worried some idiots would block us in), we ended up parking on the side of the gravel road (it dead-ended in the parking lot). That worked out okay, and we were tacked up and on the trail quickly. After running into the big group coming back as we were going out, the rest of our ride was pretty quiet -- a handful of pedestrians, and one other pair of riders (on really cute gaited horses!). Thank God no bicyclists 🙄
I got fun new color blocked Kerrits tights from TOTD and kind of love them. 
There wasn't a ton of shade, so I'm glad we had nice weather (80 with low humidity) -- I think it would have been miserable in the 90s! It probably also would have helped to get there earlier in the day, but ya know. There were some nice open fields to trot in (if you were so inclined, which we mostly weren't), some hills, and one particularly rocky section -- if it hadn't ended about 150 feet in, I would have turned around, because my horses are barefoot and huge rocky sections are not my favorite. The conservation area is called Three Creeks because it has....three creeks (shocking, right?). But we managed not to hit any of them on our ride, which unceremoniously ended at a sign that said "trail closed". There were a few other trail forks we could potentially have explored, but we were reaching the end of DH's patience, plus our hay guy had called and needed us for the afternoon, so we opted to head back.
The rocky section -- didn't photograph too well!
It was a quick, easy place to ride, and would probably be a decent first outing for a young or green horse. I think we'll probably go back, just because of how convenient it is, but it definitely won't be replacing Indian Camp Creek as my favorite trail! The rest of the evening was devoted to farm work, moving various tractors and pieces of equipment to and from hay fields. The tractor pulling the rake was having some mechanical issues, so we ended up not getting anything baled, but DH headed back out there yesterday afternoon for a few more hours of work and I met him to bring home 180 beautiful bales of hay 😍
I know it's not technically "his" tractor, but I still think it's pretty sexy!
I climbed up for a minute while we waited, haha. 
DH told me we need a third truck, so he can hook his boat up without unhooking anything else. Right *rolls eyes*
 Mmmm beautiful hay! Didn't lose a bale on the way home either haha.
 Too tired to unload at 9:30 when we got home so we just stashed it all.
Doing chores this morning was fun haha.

16 comments:

  1. It looks like a nice trail. There's nothing like getting the hay in.

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    1. Yeah it was a pleasant outing! And having that hay in my possession goes a long way to prevent me from doing my annual summer anxiety spiral about being able to feed all my livestock, lol.

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  2. that ride looks really pretty!

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    1. There were some beautiful cliffs and pine forests that didn't photograph too well, but it was definitely a nice place!

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  3. Sounds like a lot of hard work this weekend, but the trail ride evens that out!
    You should encourage DH to get a new truck, but only if you can have the new one for hauling ponies ;)

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    1. Haha yes, this weekend was a good mix of hard work and fun!

      No new trucks, I love not having payments 😂 as long as these are safe to haul with obviously.

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  4. Glad the weather finally broke and you got some fun in! I swear there's nothing better than cooler weather after it's been 1000 degrees.

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    1. You're so right, Saturday was just so magical and I was enjoying the weather so much nothing could get me down! Hopefully you guys are also getting a break from it!

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  5. I am so happy you finally had some lovely weather! It sounds like it's been pretty miserable your way from your descriptions lately. And wow - that's a big tractor! Not in the grand scheme of things, I know, but my old BO has the miniature version of it sitting as a relic at their farm so seeing DH on one that's so much bigger makes me go WOW!

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    1. Yeah it was really starting to wear on me! I don't mind it getting hot as long as I can get a break from it periodically, so I'm grateful for this weekend.

      I need to be better about photographing some of the real big toys that farmer has, haha. He's got ones that make the one in my post today look like a go cart 😂 it's really cool to be able to work for him. I love it when they let me drive the giant tractors 😁 (which is rare, let's be real lol)

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  6. What a great way to spend a weekend! It is nice you have decent trails close by. Even though hay is a PITA, it is such a good feeling to start filling the barn!

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    1. Yes, nothing makes me feel better than filling up the barn with hay!

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  7. What a beautiful day for a trail ride!!

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    1. It was gorgeous! I'm so thankful it fell on a weekend and that we didn't have any other plans to interfere with having some fun!

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  8. Looks like you guys had a good time :)

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