Monday February 18 2008
The Raven went to the 3-day Eastern Mojave Scenic Ride. He was quite excited. We left Scottsdale in the rain (more rain!), and arrived at ridecamp near Baker, CA, in the Mojave National Preserve, 6 hours later.
It's 1.6 million acres of desert, mountain ranges, cinder cones and dry river beds.
The horse we were supposed to ride couldn't come at the last minute, but another friend Ann offered us her extra horse Razzy.
We rode Day 1, 50 miles, on Razzy, through magnificent Joshua tree forests, (those things HURT!), cactus gardens (where the Raven and I were glad we were not bucked off), historic tin cans and the rusted frame of an ancient Chevy, and past old gold and silver mines.
We finished our ride (that made 1000 miles for Razzy!), and the Raven gave Razzy a thank-you carrot.
Since the Raven hadn't done an endurance ride since September, he got a little sore and needed a few pick-me-ups afterwards.
The Raven was thrilled to meet some of his Aussie fans - Skip (the 'Roo) and Cackles (the Kookaburra) , and 5 Aussie endurance riders, , Becca, Jay, Jane, Lela, and Kim. The Raven hopes to see these gals again at the Quilty - Australia's famous 100-mile endurance ride - in Queensland, Australia, in September!