Keith went back to work today. Boo hoo!
The fun must not stop here! Tammi & Caleb & I hit North Park for a fairly quick 2.5 mile hike. It was mostly uphill on the way out so an easy downhill on the way back. We saw squirrels, bunnies, chipmunks, and some deer, with a fawn still in spots! The lake looks so much more inviting now that it’s being re-filled. It was a good little hike followed by a stop at the ice cream stand.
From there I went straight to the farm. We loaded up our tack and precious equine cargo and went to Moraine State Park for a nice long ride. I’m so proud of Penny. She loads and hauls pretty easy, quite the contrast from her first trailer ride about 16 years ago this week. Some of the trail was familiar and some was new. I wish I would have taken a camera to snap photos of one particular portion. There is a land-bridge type area, swampy on either side with heavy Lilli pads. At the end was a fairly large wooden bridge. Penny didn’t much care for the strange hollow sound of her hooves crossing the bridge, but she pressed on like the good little trooper she is. We trotted most of the ride trying to leave the bugs behind. No amount of fly spray truly repels deer flies. They were HORRIBLE!!! She led the way for the last leg of the trip. Again… I’m so proud of her!!! I think she moves out very well and is actually better matched with Rambo as a riding buddy this year. He covers the ground faster and doesn’t try to race like Sir. It was GRAND!!!
What a well rounded day of exercise and fun! Vacation is SO AWESOME!!!!