Today I lighten the literary load and lower the photographic standard. I’m just going to tell you a story. Plain and simple, in words and pictures. A story about yesterday.
Going to the other side.
The other side… of the Rio Grande.
Soon of course we will be further.
The other side… of the equator.
But for now, I’m here awaiting winter.
And since it’s slow to come, we’re quick to head out and enjoy.
We saddle up, my sweetie and me.
Me on my little Arabian, Flying Crow (Fadjurz Ideal).
Bob on Crow’s first born, Tresjur of the Rio.
We start by crossing the river, our mighty Rio Grande.
After ten years of drought, this fall she runs with mild manners.
And down in the hidden crevasse below the bluff that cuts through our land,
Where sunlight is only scattered now and for the next several months,
Ice has begun forming
With strength and gusto and an unspoken belief in being undisturbed until mid May.
And here we come.
Horses with steel shoes.
Legs spread out wide under them, under us, but still above the water on the slick white fresh ice.
Thicker than we thought it would be.
This is not the river we have asked them to cross before,
Thin and liquid and loose.
Our maiden voyage to Sweetgrass Meadow on horse begins.
Working with the horses fear and trust and overcoming.
Then amused and impressed with their inquisitiveness in exploring a new trail,
A place they had never been,
No horse had been for probably fifty years or more.
A more adventurous time and place
Long ago and far away
That a few of us who still dream of finding a land untouched
Still long to be.
And then arriving where we want to be.
On the otherside.
At Sweetgrass Meadow.
Our secret oasis.
There because we found it on Google Earth and knew we could find our way.
And we did.
And the horses found the grass as sweet and pure and perfect as I knew they would.
And thus the adventure was worth it,
For us, for them.
As we find our way home on the familiar side of the river
Where the horses know the way.
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