later, Pete returned and said Mr. Siggi had died of a head injury. He took his saddle and our gear and left his straw hat atop the horse.
Of course, we were and still are heartbroken. Mr. Siggi was (as an animal communicator once said) one with the universe. He was also Pete’s horse buddy. If anything good has come out of it, it has brought Pete and I closer – I guess you could say this was also Mr. Siggi’s doing.
I wanted to part with Raudi and Signy, but Pete said no, we will keep both. I also wanted to head straight home. Pete has instead suggested we continue on. So he returned to Carbondale, and got the truck and trailer. I most certainly did not want to resume riding. But yesterday Pete suggested we go for a trail ride and this is what we did. We rode up to an old mine site—it was a challenging ride, steep, lots of rocks. The horses, who like challenging terrain, did enjoy themselves. And I was struck by the fact that Pete and Signy were doing so well together.
Later, we found a place to camp – in the Empire town park. We were invited to stay here by some residents who were having a church party. We gave kids pony rides. It is amazing that one moment these horses can be happily scrambling up steep trails, and then the next, happily carting kids around.
We’re heading up to Rocky Mountain National Park and going to do some day treks. Then we’ll go to Cheyenne, Wyoming where we’ll see if Siggi’s saddle can be rebuilt for Signy. Pete’s thinking that perhaps we can order front packs and maybe do some multi-day trips. This is going to be an exercise in learning more about ultra-light camping.
We are truly now on a journey of the spirit. It was not at all how we expected things to go. This, I suspect, is the way life works.
Next: 155: 8/6/13: Blair-Wallace Recreation Area, Laramie Wyoming