September 2, 2010

Here Comes the Sun

We were up with the sun the next morning, the second day of our trip. A light frost was on the ground.  Once the sun shone on our camp, we all warmed up rapidly.
The horses grazed in a green meadow beside a small stream. Mischief and Boss are near the center, and Coco is off to the right. (If you enlarge, you can see our blue tent in the distance among the spruce trees.)
We left our camp intact when we saddled up and rode out, planning to return that evening to spend another night. We were able to ride faster without carrying all of our gear. Here's a scene as we broke out of the trees and headed up a meadow complex:
We rode about 16 miles round trip that day, all the way across Painter Basin and up to the highest part of Gilbert Basin.  Here are Steve and Eric approaching the high end of Gilbert Basin:
You can see Daisy riding just behind Boss, her face in the swish of his tail.  She often gets in this position. She likes being close to Boss, and borrowing a tail is convenient to keep the flies off one's face. 
Almost there!
At our destination (11,600 feet, or about 3500 meters), we took a short break and admired the scene:
Such grandeur was well worth the long ride, don't you think?

14 comments:

  1. Well worth the ride :-) Does Daisy walk/run all the way or does she sometimes cadge a lift?

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  2. Lovely place and look at those gorgeous skies! Wow! I love the way Daisy walks right behind Boss! Terrific captures as always, Janie! Such a great trip! Enjoy your weekend -- all of you!

    Sylvia

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  3. Brrrr...., frost already, but then you are up there in the high country which certainly is grand. I love how Daisy is so smart as to have her personal fly swatter. ;)

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  4. Oh Janie, this is just beautiful.
    That Daisy, she is one smart cookie.

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  5. Grandeur is about right. That valley in back of you just goes on forever.

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  6. That view is definitely worth getting the early wake-up. The scenery throughout the entire ride has been gorgeous.

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  7. I loved this camping/riding adventure, Janie, and my backside wasn't even sore!

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  8. I most certainly do think it was worth the long ride. I am always in awe of all that magnificent scenery you have out there Janie.
    An English Girl Rambles

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  9. Gorgeous! I love how you get out and experience life in ways most of us never will/can. Thanks for sharing it on your blog so we can live vicariously.

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  10. Indeed. What a great adventure and the views.....wow! Almost makes me long for the days when I could sleep on hard ground in my little wilderness tent. Oh well.

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  11. yes--I agree, it was worth it. And what a great way to travel, by horseback.

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  12. I get such a kick out of seeing and reading about your marvelous trail adventures. Thanks, Janie.

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  13. That was an incredibly long ride, Janie, but the views at your destination are great. Must have given you a great deal of pleasure. And I did see the tent in the trees!

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