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Wednesday afternoon - July 29th - Linda and I drove to Arbuckle to join Mom and Dad (Mary Lou and Leo) for a trip to the farmers market.  I was testing my new GPS toy and it took us right to Arbuckle – without getting lost or taking us on nearby dirt roads (like the last GPS toy did). 

After a short visit Linda and Mom jumped into my car and took off to run errands (mail, bank, etc.).  Dad and I talked about horses – something that bores mom a bit.  Then, when the wanderers came back they announced a change in plans, we would go to Williams for dinner at Granzellas.  We all piled into the car and off we went.  Of course, as we turned North on main street we decided to stop at the market any way. 

       
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Linda and I were especially impressed with the painted gords. Watermelons, peaches, string beans , basil and cookies were loaded into the trunk – and we started off again.  Granzellas had a special – tri-tip and oysters – so we all ordered the same thing.  There was enough left over for sandwiches the next day.


July 14, 2009; we met our friend Charmaine for a trail ride.  After a warm up in the arena we headed South down the levee trail, then along side the vinyard and onto the levee top.  Then I turned Tango out with Zany and saddled up the friesian I am training, Faye.  This was the first tiem I have asked her to trot and after a little "discussion" she turned out to be very cooperative and a wonderful ride.  I managed to take a video of the day.



July finally got HOT so we decided to take a quick road trip to Half Moon Bay.  The tour riders had aa day of rest - so it was a perfect opportunity..  We loaded Bucky in my car (Linda's car was having air conditioner problems) and headed West.  It took just over two hours to get there, but more than three to get back because of traffic.  We went straight to the marina at Pillar Point where we walked on the pier and took a few pictures.  Then we tried a fish and chips place John (from the ranch) recommended - and it was excellent.  I got a local map from the harbor master and we discovered that there were two light houses near by.  
Pigeon Point Light Station was our first stop and Bucky got his first taste of the ocean.  I don't think he liked the sneaky waves, they got his feet wet only once, then he was well back.  After a walk on the beack with Bucky and a visit to the light house we headed back North to the Point Montera Light Station.  The light house was quite a bit smaller but the walk on the blufs was breathtaking.

       
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Every July Linda and I look forward to the Tour de France.  The world's best bike riders race around France for three weeks, and it's all on TV.  This year the tour features Lance Armstrong, seven time winner - back from three years retirement - and it all starts on July fourth.  Here is a link to more information:  http://www.versus.com/tdf/

Also on the fourth, the Mokelumne River Ranch BBQ and picnic / trail ride.  This month we decided to try a new soprt called horse soccer.  It is played much like regular soccer except the ball is giant size and the horses do the kicking.  Linda and I have tried playing soccer from horseback before, with a regular sized ball - but we had limited success.  When the ball is BIG (50 inches in diameter) the horses seem to enjoy chasing it and kicking it around themselves.  Click on the picture below for a video of our horse soccer.





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