Riding the switchbacks to Bierstadt Lake has to be one of my favorite trails. Our park pass on this crisp morning required us to be in the park by 7 AM! That meant getting up at 5 AM, after riding 11 miles the day before. There was no ranger checking passes at the usual entrance […]
The fact that the Ranger didn’t think horses could traverse the Gem Lake trail should have been my first clue. In fact, he was not correct. But I understand why he wasn’t sure… However, I am getting ahead of myself. I remembered doing the Black Canyon Trail when I lived here 7 years ago. I
Instead of telling you about local trails this week, I am going to tell you about our trip over the Continental Divide to badly damaged Grand Lake. I have been going to Grand Lake since I was a child. Alan first visited this beautiful location when he was 16 years old. The wildfire of late
Our first venture into the forest this summer was to a nearby and favorite trail… the Dunraven trail in Comanche Peak Wilderness. This trailhead is accessed at the back end of The Retreat, a community of homes located in Glen Haven, Colorado. Last year’s wildfires affected The Retreat more heavily than my community of Storm
In Part One of this story, I wrote about riding in Estes Park in the summer of 2013, before the great flood that occurred that fall. I spent a great deal of time that first summer riding in Homestead Meadows, often by myself with just my dogs for company. Usually, I ran into at least a
I spent two summers riding in Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding national forest. It was two of the most amazing summers I ever spent on horseback. Talk about a multi-sensory experience! I could HEAR the sound of hooves on the trail, SMELL the amazing scent of evergreen trees, SEE the majesty of the
In several previous blogs, I wrote about Finn, my half-Arabian, half-QH/Thoroughbred 6 year old gelding. I described my ongoing effort to develop a relationship with Finn, gain his respect, and turn him into a safe, dependable mount.