This will be our last ride at Mildred Kanipe due to the park closing for winter. I sent out the message and Mavis, Gay and Linda could make this ride. Don and I got up at 6:30 am to feed the horses and get breakfast for ourselves. It was 32 degrees when we got up. I called Linda to make sure she was coming. Bob was coming with her. We met Bob and Linda at the Cottage Grove truck stop and caravaned down to Oakland. Lots of people where already at the park at 10am, when we pulled in. Mavis and Gay and Mavis' dog, Starry pulled in right after us. By then it was 45 degrees. Everyone went over to sign in at the desk, got our poker slip and went back to saddle up. Once everyone was ready, we headed down the road to follow the pink ribbons attached to the trees. It was a dry day as it hadn't rained in two days. As we headed out, we met up with a nice fellow named Pat. He rode with us the rest of the ride. Our path took us through dry meadows and into the trees. Then into the fern grotto, back up into the hills and back down to the meadows. This time, we came upon white cows. None of the horses spooked. After about a 2 hr. ride we arrived back to the trailers and the last poker hand station. It seemed none of us really had a good enough hand to stay for the give always. We found out that the BBQ and Band was in the people area and since we couldn't take the horses with us, we decided to go to our favorite restaurant - Tolly's. the day finally warmed up to 56 degrees and it was a very pleasant day.
Don and I used to belong to a drill team. That was a wonderful learning experience. We don't have one anymore. Now if we were ALL closer, we could do everything. We could always use more riders. Take care. Thank you for looking. We have other rides and such on our web site.