We've wanted to compete in the Strawberry Fields Forever Endurance Ride ever since we heard about it 5 years ago. Last weekend, we finally did it. We rode in a 25 mile event, which is wimpy compared to the 50 milers, but we felt pretty good about finishing anyway. Here we are at the mid-ride vet check. The trails were well chosen, and the event was very well organized. And the horses, mostly Arabs, were beautiful.
June 27, 2012
June 18, 2012
June 12, 2012
We saw lots of elk and deer. Steve rode right past a deer fawn curled up in the brush. It was tiny, probably only a few days old. He would have taken a photo, but Daisy saw the fawn, too, so his efforts went toward containing Daisy so the fawn could safely escape.
June 9, 2012
Bombus ternarius, fed on a mountain dandelion.
Misumena vatia, eating a wasp. Look closer still. Do you see the baby spider to the right? It's getting a survival lesson from mom. I hope it's taking notes. These spiders can be either yellow or white, changing color over a couple of weeks by secreting or excreting yellow pigment. They don't build webs, but hide and ambush their prey.