Sometimes, you just have to get on your horse. Even if the weather is less than perfect. Saturday was one of those days. Nebalee and I made almost eight dozen tamales, and while they were steaming, Bill and I decided to go for a quick ride. For once, the wind wasn't howling, but it was snowing like crazy. Not that that's ever stopped us. Wind? Yep, that's stopped me once in a while. Gently falling snow? Nope. It was gorgeous.
Bill took a ton of pictures, which I debated on putting up. You'd never know by looking at the pictures that I've been going to the gym and have lost 16.5#. So, while I look like the Michelin Man, keep in mind it really is the extra clothes I'm wearing (yoga pants under my jeans, long sleeved shirt, hoodie, coat, etc.).
Yes, it was cold. But it was beautiful, so of course there's video. Thirteen years of riding these same trails and they don't get old. We ended up having to do some off-roading, as the trail itself is buried under too much snow. If the snow keeps up, I'm not sure that even the one-hour loop will be ready for the livery to open in May. I think Compass' permit runs from May 15 to October 15, but the trails have to be completely clear for her to take rides out. "Private" horses are allowed off trail, but "professional" (livery) rides must never deviate from the marked trail if the livery wants to keep their permit, that includes stepping off the trail just long enough to go around a snow drift.
I am, however, unbelievably thankful for the amount of moisture we've gotten in the high country, as wildfire terrifies me.