November 27, 2008 Thanksgiving at Monan's Rill
Linda and I braved the traffic on highway 80 and joined the family at the Rill just in time for Thanksgiving supper. The gang had spent the day with sunny skys - having fun climbing trees and hiking around the hills while Linda and I had taken our time and enjoyed a morning of trail riding before setting out.
Supper was a feast and we all enjoyed each other's company in what is turning out to be a great tradition. After supper we watched a slide show of Josh and BranDee's honneymoon; then were treated to a performance (on the Wii gaming system) of a famous local rock band.
Click above for the movie of the
famous "Luke Warm Cchilli Peppers"
November 17 - 20, 2008
November 10, 2008 (snapshots)
We decided to abandon the horses for the day to snap pictures of birds. The Cosumnes Nature Preserve seemed the logical first stop. The first bird is a blue heron (we think) with an unusual mask. Next we saw sandhill cranes jumping and dancing. Since we were next to the horses we made a quick stop and Linda tried to teach her horse Zany to do the Spanish walk. The last picture is one from Mexico that I've been enhancing in the computer. The vulture was sitting in a tree on the way to the San Pancho village.
November 1, 2008: more PICTURES HERE!!! Follow the link & click upper right for slide show.
The (first Saturday of each month for November) get-together at Mokelumne River Ranch Equestrian Center started off very slowly with only three riders showing up for the 10am start time. The rain fell steadily as Dave, Melissa and Linda rode around the arena practicing games. Dave on Tango (having a horse laugh) and Linda (riding Zanzibar) dressed up as cowpokes and Melissa disguised Dillon in scrubs.
People began trickling in about 11:30 and Wendy dressed up Einstein with a witch in his tail. We broke for a delicious lunch with John's Famous Hamburgers and many pot-luck dishes to choose from. Even the ranch dog Sophie came in costume. The games finally began around 2pm when John got his cowbell and rounded up the afternoon riders.
We played the slow walking game, egg and spoon, musical stalls, ribbon race and delivering the mail. Alicia was the winner in most of the games. We'll have to have gaming lessons from her before the next playday. The visiting children were given rides by Sue on Cupid the pony who looked soaked throughout his session. Sue must have walked a few miles leading Cupid with his tiny riders and I'm sure that all the little ones had a wonderful time.