done a good job route planning—we’d bypassed Calgary
and Edmonton, and therefore we had not had to deal with much traffic.
What we did have to deal with in Denver was a bit over the top:
our creeping along at a snail’s place for three hours.
Finding Andrea’s was a bit tricky—we
first drove up two dirt roads, none of which corresponded with the
directions of a nearby restaurant owner. We returned in order to
get more specifics, and as we were entering the building, we saw
Andrea walking alongside Pat, Pete’s brother. Pat had come
from Ojai, CA to give us an assist. He’ll drive the trailer
until we and the horses get used to life on the trail.
On the way up to Andrea’s, (which required
us to go through several gates) we caught sight of her herd –her
two stallions and geldings are kept in one large pasture and the
mares are kept in another. Signy was up near her cabin. My first
impression was that the bay mare was a bit on the skittish side.
But looking at her, I got the sense that the strong, well muscled
individual will be a good pack horse. We released Raudi and Siggi
into a pasture and they both ran off in order to check the place
out. After a bit, they settled down and began grazing.