Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Horse Camp

As we often do during the summer and especially to escape the noise of the 4th of July; we took the horses camping. Horses get really freaked out by the sounds of high pitched whistles followed by explosions.

This year we were able to camp in the luxury of our new (30 year old) tent trailer. Having camped in years past in a tent, this was luxury. Once opened, there is a surprising amount of room and I’m able to stand up inside it. The furnace was nice as was the three burner cook stove and sink.

We camped at the Northrup Creek Horse Camp up in the Jewell/ Birkenfeld area, which is part of the ODF recreational system. The camp can house 28 horses, and I’ve been there when the camp was full. Oddly the 4th of July is usually very quiet there. Most years it’s just us and probably two more campers. This year we were the only ones there.

On Saturday most of the trails were a bit muddy, but they were firming up very well on Sunday. It was cool weather which was conducive to warm camp fires.

On Saturday some friends came by to ride and to join us for dinner. When they went home the silence hung in the air. There were no sounds of other horses, just ours munching their hay all night long.

The photo above is one of me and my wife as we were the first riders at the camp on the day it was dedicated in 2005. This photo is from the ODF website.


Blogger darev2005 said...

Sounds idyllic. It was so hot here I felt like an ant under a magnifying glass. It was 82 degrees outside when I checked at 10 o'clock at night. Pfiu.

7:18 AM  
Blogger mark said...

Nice pic. The guy with the hat pulled down low over his face looks like he might have something to hide. I've ridden my bicycle on Hwy 202 past Northrup Creek Road many times; always wondered what was up there.

9:41 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Darev, one thing I like about it here is that even if the day gets to be 100 degrees, as soon as the sun sets it's back in the 60s.

Mark, Why yes I do ; )That's the first non caricature photo of me ever on the blog. You don't want to take your bike on the road to camp unless it is a mountain bike. There is about three miles of dirt road to the camp.

2:00 PM  

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