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
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.
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.
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.
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
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