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Beautiful Fall and BEARS!
of the best times of year up here is the fall, when all the leaves are
turning color. This year was exceptionally beautiful - all the leaves turned
very slowly and everyday you could get a new look, green ones going gold,
gold ones going red and red ones going brown
well the brown
isn't pretty but it happens! We are very lucky where we live because there
are lots of aspen trees mixed with pine trees on our property. We have
some VERY big aspens - the biggest aspens I have ever seen. They grow in
a long row along what used to be a stream - but now because of the drought
the stream doesn't run anymore. We also have several cottonwood trees,
which are very strange because they are not native trees in this area,
we are up to high in the mountains for them to grow naturally. So we believe
some of the earlier settlers must have planted them - they are really big
old trees, and they too turn beautiful colors every fall. There are also
foundation logs around from what used to be settlers homes - so that is
pretty neat too.
Anyway, back to the beautiful fall - this was a very unusual year because
they turned so slowly and it lasted so long. One of my favorite things
to do in the fall is go on long trail rides with several dogs running along
as well. It is a great relaxing time to just really enjoy the animals and
nature and the beautiful trees. But going for mountain trail rides can
never be taken for granted! There is real wildlife around here.
-----One time I was out for a ride bringing the mares and other horses
in from the big pasture. Our place is made of up meadows and then wooded
areas - I was riding up in this one wooded area going to one of the horses
watering holes, when all of a sudden I saw a bear cub! It was running towards
the woods, close by it was a coyote, which looked used to the cub and not
at all concerned. I on the other hand wasn't going to stick around because
where there is a cub - there is a momma bear! So I quickly rode up the
hill and went around into one of the pastures. By the way I was riding
Chip - who is also one of my show mares - and she didn't do anything when
we came across the cub, good-natured Chip!
-----Bear or no bear I still had to find the horses so I finally found
them in one of the big last meadows and headed them in. They were coming
in just fine - but when they got to the draw where I saw the cub - man
those horses SPUN and came charging right back at me! I turned Chip in
a circle but she didn't even try to charge with them, which is very amazing,
usually when a herd of horses is charging other horses want to go with
them ( weather your on their back ro not!) Anyway, I circled her and headed
back after the horses - this time they were leery of going by the draw
so they took another path - but still ended up getting back to the arena.
They never saw the bear, but the smell scared them.
that was a pretty adventuresome horse gathering! Though, not really one
I would like to repeat anytime soon!
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