April 6, 2014

Desert Pool and the Bad Burro

We finally got in a spring trip to southern Utah.  Above is a view of the Henry Mountains from across the vast San Rafael Desert.
Down the sandy hills we went,
riding past domes
and other formations,
past a brush corral built by cowboys (or outlaws, or cowboy outlaws, depending on which stories you hear).
up to cliffy overlooks
and down to a beautiful emerald pool below a sandstone pour-off.
From above, you can see the deep cut water has carved into the sandstone as it flows into the pool below.
Here's the bad burro.  He scared the socks off of Coco, who whirled and ran away at light speed, unfortunately with Janie aboard, going downhill over rocks and dunes, then halfway up a slope, before finally deciding to stop.  Deciding, I say, because the reins and frantic screams of "Whoa!" did no good at all.  The good news is, neither horse nor rider were hurt, although both were a bit trembly at the end of the run.
The lone bad burro didn't run away.  He stayed close, braying at Daisy and generally being obnoxious for at least 15 minutes.  That's unusual.  Most burros stop, stare, then run off, all within a minute or two. A loner is also unusual, since we've only seen the burros in groups before.  Maybe he was having a bad day, but we'd rather not encounter this particular jackass again.
Speaking of Daisy, here she is, post burro experience.  Unperturbed, she took another dip in the pool, came out clean as a hound's tooth, then quickly corrected the cleanliness with a vigorous roll in the sand, groaning with pleasure.  This is Daisy's version of a luxury spa.


  1. Bad Burro is an understatement! I'm glad you and Coco are both okay after your encounter with him. I couldn't help but smile over Daisy's luxury spa.

  2. Stunning scenery and the burro was rather naughty and caused a harrowing ride for Janie and Coco. Glad they were both okay. I think I would have screamed blue-bloody blazes!

  3. What a beautiful ride but sorry to hear about the scare! Riding a bolt can be very scary, not to mention dangerous. I am glad everyone is OK.

  4. The scenery and emerald pool are gorgeous, sorry about the the scary donkey encounter. I like Daisy's sandy spa treatment, it must have felt great. :)

  5. I so love, and have missed this kind of landscape. Rather unusual behavior for a burro. No wonder Daisy's coat is so healthy looking.

  6. Starkly beautiful terrain, I'd say. Not referring, of course, to the naughty overbearing burro. Glad everybody came out with nothing worse than being a little scared....

  7. Bad Donkey, I'm glad Daisy got to go along. That shot of the Henry Mountains above the sandy desert is outstanding.

  8. Glad that neither you or Coco were hurt! Blasted unfriendly burro!

    The scenery is certainly spectacular, especially with that brilliant blue sky for accent. Cute photo of Steve, Boss, and Daisy. :D

    Daisy and her spa treatment gave me a giggle!


  9. Burro probably just does that for his own entertainment. Seeing who he can get to run crazy, who he can get to scream, stuff like that.

    First picture is gorgeous and Daisy girl is looking too happy for words.


  10. The water cut sandstone is just gorgeous.
    Sorry about the cranky ass….so glad Janie and Coco weren't hurt. That Daisy….she is a mud lover. :)

  11. Sounds like Daisy found the experience a lot less stressful than Janie did! I hope you never encounter that burro again.

  12. Beautiful series. The burro is cute but I hope you don't run into him again.

  13. Hello on a gorgeous, spring day in TENNESSEE. Wow---after the long and bitter winter we had this year, Spring is even more inviting and lovely.

    Yipes---bet that Bad Burro really did scare Coco---and YOU. Glad you are both okay.... That doesn't happen very often, does it? Thank Goodness.

    What a gorgeous area you were in... Love your photos and those gorgeous blue skies.

    We are now home 'again' --after our 5th trip since the end of February.... Seems as if we visited five different states --although the trips weren't planned for that reason... ha... BUT--as I always say, it's great to be home... I did publish a blog post today--so check it out when you have time. Have a wonderful weekend.


  14. I'm glad you weren't hurt in your pony's mad dash to get away from the bad burro.

  15. so glad you were okay....I bet everyones nerves were a bit frazzled...Daisy took it in stride I see...

  16. Yikes! glad they are OK! We have an outlaw burro on the browns creek drainage that has attacked a couple of geldings on a couple of endurance rides!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond

  17. Wow! What an adventure. I love the scenery. Hope you don't encounter that jackass again! I've paid good money for a spa treatment like Daisy's.

  18. Wow, I'm glad you and Coco are okay! I hope you never have to experience that again!



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