(Also, new blogger sucks and when you mass import photos it puts them in newest to oldest order which is just asinine)
|Outrageous WA hay bale prices suddenly seem reasonable when you compare to the rabbit hay bag prices. Now I have probably a years supply of rabbit hay, lol|
|Cleaning the trailer at home!|
|Hazel helpfully loaded some of her horses|
We left Friday around noon and picked up Gwyn before hitting the road south and west. I was hoping to avoid some of the holiday traffic and utterly failed. My route south could not avoid Seattle, Tacoma, JBLM (Joint Base Lewis McCord) and Olympia and we hit slow downs in each city before finally turning west (had to go down around Puget Sound and the Olympics) toward the coast. My ETA increased by 45 minutes from when we left the barn to when we actually arrived. There were miles of travel where our drive time didn't change because traffic ahead just got slower and slower.
|Freeeee as a bird|
Hazel remained passed out for a while. Both kids slept really well in the tent. The adults? Not so much. I need way more padding than I had.
Once breakfast was had, it was beach ride time! We woke up to chilly fog but by the time we rode, the sun had burned it away and we had gorgeous weather.
|The 'road' to the beach|
|Centaur selfie ;)|
|Glimpses of water|
After that ride was lunch time! Kaylee and Hazel both agreed to pony rides to the beach after lunch. Hazel was nervous, but kept telling me she wanted to stay on and go to the beach. Turns out, she wanted to use the pony as a conveyance to the beach so she wouldn't have to walk through the sand.
I stayed with Kaylee and thankfully some of the rest of our camping group was walking on the beach and I was able to have one of them follow the pony on foot while the rest helped Kaylee onto Gwyn with me and I raced back to camp to get Cortney and deliver Kaylee to Erica.
Kaylee ended up with a sprained ankle from the fall and Cortney and I raced back out to the dunes to track the pony from horseback.
Sunday morning Cortney and Robin headed out for a morning ride since Robin was planning to leave that day. While they were gone, we got a call that the pony had been found! I immediately got my truck and trailer ready since I was the most mobile horse transport of the group. Trudy and I drove a few miles south to another horse camp where Comet was waiting in a round pen for us. We had put word out the night before and let the owners of our campground know and asked EVERY other group going out to ride to keep their eyes peeled.
Turns out Comet had traveled way further south than Cortney and I realized but he was found and was uninjured. There was palpable relief with him back at camp and it meant that we could proceed with the planned photo shoot!
Dave got these awesome shots of me and Gwyn against the fog and waves. I'm going to see about finding someone to at least smooth the farmer's tan/sunburn transition ya girl's got going on and then having one or more printed on canvas. I am in love with these. Just absolute love.
Hobbling around camp the next morning helped loosen it, but the hours of driving back in the truck had me stiffen up again. I brought myself into urgent care first thing tuesday morning and came out with crutches and an appointment with an orthopedist.
Thankfully, it seems like I just got a nice deep bone bruise, nothing more. But it still (present day)isn't 100% and it's been 6 weeks since I came off.
That's 2020 for you, I guess.