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.