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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

And Then Sunday/Monday

After the clinic I went home turned out Jess and unhooked my trailer.  It was dark so I quit.  I had plans to get up early in the morning and go to Calgary to pick up my sister.  I got up at 4 and out the door shortly afterwards.  Picked up Heidi and headed back to Drum.  Been half a day already and was only 8!  But we picked up our race packages for the Drum Half Marathon and then hung around to until it was our time to start.

Weirdly enough we wore matching blue shirts and both put our green race shirt on top, we were thinking it was cool we matched, might do it again next year.  Finally they did the warmups for our race and since we knew we were walking the whole thing we stayed at the back.  Was a good day for it, was raining earlier that morning but it quit by the time we got there.  Was a bit cool but nice temperature to walk in.

(too bad the pole was in front of Heidi's face the scenery is sure pretty)

(not us but thought it was cute with the giant dino 
in the background as on our shirt hes chasing us )

We walked not too fast but not too slow, Heidi's ankles hurt if she goes too fast and my broken toe wasn't so great if we walked at all but I tried to save it a bit and it wasn't too bad afterwards.  We finished in 1:56:02.  Not bad, I didn't think we would do under 2 hours so was happy with that.  Got our medal and a pic with the dinosaur and then they had mini donuts.....for free!!!!  MMM  who can argue with that???  We stuck around a bit and visited with a few people and then headed back to Calgary but we made a couple stops on the way.

First was at Beiseker to see the giant Skunk, I had seen him before but never took a pic so it was perfect.  Heidi didn't have any giant things off her list now she has a few :)

Then down the road a few miles to Irricana, where they have a giant horse.  Of course we also saw a Unicorn which I had no idea was there.  I had to save Heidi from him he was gonna stomp her!

Then we drove over to Airdrie where they have a cowboy with real clothes on, a rooster, a bull and Maters cousin.  That was fun.

Then off to Calgary to make crabapple jelly and butter.  We never finished that night had to finish up in the morning cause we were just too tired.

 Long weekend but it was a lot of fun.  I came home Monday afternoon and just rested I was tired!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Weekend Plans Start with a Clinic

Last Thursday night I was asked if I wanted to be in a clinic over the weekend, well I was busy Sunday so I said if I can only go Saturday I sure would.  I like his clinics they are fun, we do all sorts of things and he makes everyone feel good :)  So as I was looking online for him and I never found it lol but I did come across the girl who bought my grey Princess horse.  She still has her and they look good together so I stole some photos off Facebook of her.

Anyways back to the clinic I took Jessie cause shes always good and I like to work on me, I'm tired of working on the horse and I need to improve.  So away we go.  He has a few things in mind but asks us what we all want to work on, there was a few things and so he worked them in.  We started with crazy riding, just going all over working on steering exactly where you want.  Then we set up cones and loped circles at the same speed making an even circle.  I had a little trouble, Jess kept slowing down as we approached the crowd so I had to pay more attention.  Then we put the cones in a row and 2 barrels at the end and we weaved through them steering with only one hand.  I never thought of it but as we come away from the second barrel she just booted it home, lol I had to slow her down and make her go back through the cones.  Been a long time since we barrel raced but I guess she still remembers.  We did it a few more times and made wider circles and she slowed right down.

Then he put a half full bucket of water on barrel and we had to carry it from one to the next, she had no trouble with them she wanted to stick her nose in in thought it was food I guess lol.    Then we sidepassed over logs and carried a raincoat around and then stepped on it, I didn't think she would but sure enough.  Of course I sometimes feel like I can cheat with her cause its so easy to move her shoulders if I do it at the right time she has to.  of course sometimes I think she just does it to get it over with so she can stand.  Then lunch time.

After lunch we opened and closed the gate and walked over the bridge and then we got to jump!  Jess isn't much of a jumper but we did jump over it a couple times.  It was set pretty low so they could make it over without jumping.  Then we went into the indoor and we got to work cows :)  I got to go first and Jess was pretty well right on.  Yay I was super excited for her cause its been a really long time since we done that and I might borrow her out for a few lessons this fall so a neighbor can try cutting.

That was all for the day, whew I was tired but it was so good, wish I coulda made it back for a second day, but we are gonna set up a smaller clinic with just us and take a couple horses each and see what we can work on cause we are all at the same level.  He has a ladies night there as well might try to join that have to see what winter brings.  I do want to ride Jessie and Dee and hopefully get Trio going as well.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Dinosaur Park Again, Biking This Time

So I had never been to Dinosaur Park since I was a child and now I went twice this summer.  Never planned to go again but on the long weekend I saw a post they were allowing you to walk or bike on the Nature Preserve Trail.  Normally you don't get to go on that trail unless you work there or on a bus tour.  So I figured it was worth it to go on.  And it was.  Neil suggested we biked so biking it was.

When we got there the park staff suggested we go left on the loop and I'm glad she did.  It was gravel and kinda hilly, but the biggest hill was on the right and we got to coast down it.
(not 5 minutes in Neil sees someone he knows)

(Admiring the view while stopping for water)

(I think these are cool)

(another water break)

(and I got him to take my picture)

(pretty high cliffs in some spots)

(nice road to travel on, a lot of big gravel which was a challenge)

(the scenery is just cool!)

(a ferry type boat the lived on and got to the park with, its new this summer)

(so Neil rowed it)

(a rib fossil they left partially burried)

a trial for lifting crates onto boats, cars now)

(the cube rock was pretty cool)

(and Neil again waiting for me to take more pictures)

Took us an hour 20 ish.  And I was a little tired, had to walk up some hills but makes me feel like the rode from Banff to Canmore is totally doable.  Yay!  Since that's coming up this weekend!  Yikes.