Home > Trip > Dispatches > Daily Dispatches 2013 > Daily Dispatch 113

April 23, 2013: Serious Road Tripping

I’m really tired –early morning yoga (today) about did me in. I’m always this way on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Going to bed at 11:30 P.M. and then getting up at 5:30 a.m. is a killer.  And I always think that if I sleep soundly, that I will feel energized.  It’s never this way though.

However, I would not pass up going to morning yoga.  The class has remained small.  Last week there were 10 or so new faces. Youngers, I call them.  But none of these people were here today. I think it’s just too much for them to handle.  I like the class more and more.  I’m now better able to engage my core, which is key to being able to do the poses correctly.  And yoga days are my best riding days because I’m all that much more flexible.  The horses can readily tell this.

I have just had it reiterated – never, ever take good weather for granted.  I

got to thinking that the sun was going to continue to shine.  I got to thinking wrong.  Today, it was overcast.  The early snow/rain mix turned into a light drizzle. I looked at the horse pen this morning and uttered one word – yuck.

I didn’t at all feel like pen cleaning or riding, but I did both.  After, I felt virtuous.  I rode Tinni and ponied Signy. Then I rode Siggi and ponied Raudi. Both times, Hrimmi came along.  The horses were chipper because it was just a hair cooler out.

The news of the day (which I’ve embedded in this dispatch because I’m not sure I want the whole world to know this) is that we just put down a deposit on a three horse trailer.  Now we must sell our two horse trailer.  The new trailer is in Walla Walla, Washington.  (This is where they grow the onions).  Pete’s going to go down to America after I return from Portland and bring it back here.  He might also pick up Skjoni, an Icelandic gelding.  This will help defray travel costs.

And what do I think about this? Like Pete, I’m nervous. I don’t want to end up in the poor house.  We will have to sell our two-horse trailer soon, otherwise we won’t be able to do our trip   However, buying this trailer was the right thing to do.   On our return trip from Colorado we had three horses because we’d just purchased Signy.  It was hard on the three because they were all bunched together.  They were good sports about it – I have this fond memory of seeing three heads peering out the two windows at me.  But all lost weight.  A three horse is a far better idea because this way they’ll have their own little area. There will be no more snitching of hay from the other’s pile.  All in all, it will be a more comfortable ride for them.  And because we have a new truck, it’s going to be a more comfortable ride for us.

Pete might also bring back some hay.  This’ll be good because like trailer costs, hay costs less down in America, land of plenty. 

So verily unto you I say – Giddy Up.

Next: 114: 4/24/13: Horse Cents