Friday, March 17, 2017 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day
My location: Las Cienegas NCA near Sonoita, Arizona
Well, I didn’t have to flee the area last night. I watched as the fire came over the hills in the distance and soon fire trucks were on the scene. Luckily, there was no wind and they had the wild fire out by 10 p.m. This morning, there was just a scorched area and one lone fire truck making sure there were no flare-ups.
This morning, I was awakened by the music from my Western Meadowlark friend.
As I was fixing breakfast this morning, horses and their riders started going by on the road just up from my RV.
Over the last few days, I have noticed quite a few RVs and trucks with horse trailers congregating about a mile East of me.
Later on in the morning, riders started going right by my RV. Turns out the road I’m on is the ending leg of an endurance run. Since I am in the perfect spot to sit and watch the run, I decided to stay home and watch. So, today, you are going to see lots of horses and riders.
Yuma was fascinated!
Oops! Almost stepped on this little guy as I was jockeying for position to take photos. But, I didn’t.
I mean front row seat!
By the time these horses and riders passed by, they had ridden 25 miles. It is a warm day and I’m sure they could feel the heat.
Around 2 o’clock, Yuma and I went down to the home base to learn more. Evidently, all of these horse lovers came here from a posting on a website for a horse endurance run. Horses and riders had choices of 25, 50 or 75 miles. After each 25 miles, the horse gets a medical check and both horse and rider rest before heading out again.
You know me. I just wandered around the camp taking photos at random.
The guy in the blue shirt is taking down the information as each contestant returns from a run.
At 6 o’clock, as the sun was setting in the West, the last horse and rider came in. I asked her how many miles. She said 55 when she gets to the gate and she had to walk the filly the last 7 miles. The poor horse was tired out! I bet both will sleep good tonight.
I had a great time chatting with the riders as they passed by and taking their pictures. There were many more than I can put in this post.
See you later.