Two weeks ago I did manage a ride with Rita on the fabulous Winston on Monday evening. The weather was warm but not bad for July in OK. Then the summer heat came on and we had to cancel ride night on Tuesday because of excessive heat warnings for NE OK. Wednesday I headed to Kansas so that I could visit some of my Kansas sites with my boss on Thursday. News flash! Google Maps don’t work when there is no cell service. Note to self – buy a GPS next trip to the wild pipeline right-of-way.
On my Kansas trip I found a fabulous porch glider with running horses. At Orscheln’s. In McPherson. On Sale! I wanted it but it didn’t fit in my rental car. The manager tried to find one at the Pryor store but no go. He offered to dis-assemble it for me to take home in the car. We got the pieces in the back seat and trunk. A Chrysler 300 is bigger than a Honda. I got the pieces moved to my car – somehow. Bad news, no instructions for re-assembly! Good News, Alaina, Margret and Steve figured it out. It looks perfect on the deck.
Ivy and Steve built a new jump in the field behind our barn but Kizzy lost the left shoe before they could check it out. But they managed to jump it after Mike P came to re-set the left shoe before we got some rain and the course was closed. Then, he lost the right shoe a week later on the way to the Sat. Party Lesson. Bummer. But, Ivy got to try White Pony AKA Sheila’s GUY. They had a lovely ride but we were worried about Kismet who was not putting any weight on the right foot. Sheila called Josh and Dusty who stopped by to remove the shoe. Bad news, Kizzy wasn’t putting weight on the foot even with out the shoe. So, we soaked the foot in an Epsom salt bath and then applied a poultice boot with duct tape and vet wrap (see this link for the general treatment: http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-exclusives/treating-hoof-abscess.aspx ). Mike will be back on Wed. to re-do the shoe just in time for the August 4-H Show on Saturday. Cross fingers and toes that shoes will stay put.
Kizzy and all the horses got last week off because Ivy, Alaina, Steff-F and I met Trisha and Dawn K at Devil’s Den in Arkansas for a girls trip. http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/devilsden/ We hiked like crazy for 2 days, saw a CCC presentation on the park’s history, took the Fossil Flats Hike with a ranger and checked out the pool before the rain came on Wed. We managed to visit Prairie Grove Battle Field Park and the ranger there looked up information for Steff about Brian’s great grandfather assigned to the regiment in the battle (he was accompanied supply wagons which was a good thing since more than 50 percent on both sides were killed in the 3 day battle). The girls stacked stone cairns in the stream bed with hundreds of other stacks and took selfies hanging over the cliff – they don’t show the real danger of the 100 foot drops.
Crystal Bridges museum ( www.crystalbridges.org ) and grounds are perfect for a rainy day-trip with a follow-up visit to the Wal-Mart Museum and Walton 5&10 in DT Bentonville. We got soaked walking the Crystal Bridges gardens in the rain and the girls discovered a really cool bike trail around the garden perimeter. The CB gardens connect with Compton Gardens too. Both museums as well as the gardens were free and there will be a new exhibit coming to CB in the fall (101 works by unknown American artists discovered by an extensive search to find new talent). We may go back with bikes in tow.
We got back to Tulsa about the time the rain ended and just in time for the girls to prep for the annual Spencer Creek Camp Out. Really nice weather for hanging at the lake and the water was perfect for swimming and just 4 inches above normal. While the family camped, I went to Patty’s to ride Splash with Mallory on Friday afternoon and to Sheila’s with Mallory for a beautiful ride on the Bonderosa on Saturday morning. Sunday was recovery day from the very busy week and to get ready for my next trip to Kansas on Tuesday. I am in the Corporate Travel Vortex (CTV).