An unfortunate reality this summer is forest fire smoke. Ugh! Here in Central Oregon we have had more than our fair share of smoke over the last few days. I woke up last night with a dry throat and scratchy eyes and I bet our livestock are feeling it too. Here are a few tips and articles that might provide some helpful hints and peace of mind while we deal with the realities of a smoky fire season!
Meet our newest edition to the Ranch - Karahty's Bezt Kopy, otherwise know as Zip. The other day I woke up from my lawn chair at 4:37 AM just in time to see this little guy taking in the world around him for the very first time. This little foal has been a long time dream for us because his daddy, Karbon, is part of my husband's family legacy. Our amazing cousin has raised and campaigned these bloodlines and they are some of the finest bloodlines in Endurance. It's finally our turn to carry on a family tradition of beautiful and athletic Arabian horses.
It wasn't long before the news spread in the house that morning and out came my nephew and Lance at 4:40 AM rubbing there eyes and yawning while watching Zip stand up for the first time and eat. By 6:00 AM most of the family was there enjoying their coffee and gushing about how strong and healthy our foal was. Mornings like this remind me how lucky we are to enjoy this amazing place and all the gifts it has to offer.
Read more about these amazing horses here - EnduranceStallion.com
One of our favorite horse camps, especially in the Spring, is Cyrus Horse camp. It's situated near Lone Pine or off the Madras highway. It's fairly easy to get to with lots of great trails and big vistas and sunshine. Kim McCarrel writes about many of the local trails and camps and her books are a fabulous edition to any trail rider's library or saddle bag. Her website is also a great place to collect information. Here is a link to her review of this great horse camp:
Cyrus Horse Camp
When people hear about how long we have lived in Bend they always say "Wow, I bet you've seen some changes?" Boy, have we! We've been here for the ups and downs. I remember once when Northwest Crossing was new someone said "who would want to so far from town in that neighborhood?" I think about that statement now and then when driving through, what is now, a beautiful large neighborhood with restaurants, parks, businesses. Now it's just considered part of the extended west side.
Here is a link to another article that talks about Bend's growth. Those of us that have been here awhile are always happy to see our little town thrive but hope we never lose the friendly vibe that attracted us in the first place. So far, so good!