5/25/11, La Garita, CO - After a tedious three months and a long journey, I finally arrived back in the Rockies.
Yesterday, on my way home, I went riding with a friend up in high country. Our 20 mile round trip brought us to 11, 000 feet in the mountains. The first clue to turn around is when the snow on the trail got up to the horses’ bellies. The second hint to head for lower terrain was when it started snowing pretty hard. Not being outfitted for a night, or two, or five near tree line, we lit a shuck for a warmer altitude.
Last night I pulled into La Garita. This morning, my first chore was to slap some shoes on Doc. I quickly discovered that the lads weren’t the only ones that spent too much time at the hay pile this winter. The ‘Ol Wagonteamster was fat, happy and out of shape as well. Initially, I planned on doing two horses today, but I didn’t quite get so far.