Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Eastern Sierra trip

So, now that hubby and I are BOTH happily retired, we had planned an eastern Sierra trip, one more than 4 days long.  We actually were gone for 8 nights!  And, we took our dog with us (her first EVER road trip!)

Last summer we traveled 6 nights over to Colorado and New Mexico, home through Overgaard.  Unfortunately, while we were heading to Overgaard, a man down the street in the apartments called me to tell me that Ripley, our black lab, had gotten OUT of our front fenced yard.  We had a 6' wooden fence, with a gate, in the front yard for over 20 years until one of our eucalyptus trees blew over this past spring and fell on it.  We have it no more.  But, Ripley had clawed her way out of the front gate.  I asked him if he could stuff her back into the yard and put a trash can in front of the gate (which he did).  Fortunately for us, he had also owned a black lab at one time.  So, I spent a sleepless night in Overgaard and drove home the next morning at record-breaking speed!  Then, this summer, on one of our overnight trips to Temecula to visit our son and his family, she once again destroyed a gate (on the other side of the house).  She didn't get out, but she nearly did.

So, we decided (rightly) that we had to take her with us.  Hubby looked at motels, Air B&B cabins, and found a motel in Bishop (the Vagabond) that was dog friendly.  We stayed there our first night.  Then, we spent 4 nights at a cabin in Mammoth.  It was the downstairs of a 2 story cabin.  Fortunately for us, nobody was in the upper cabin, or it would have been very noisy!  There also was no fenced yard for Ripley, and there ARE bears in Mammoth, so I kept her on leash for 2 days (she won't pee or poop on leash unless she is desperate!).  She finally was able to do her business off leash and I stood near her!  I heard a great horned owl hooting our first night there and I heard a coyote howling a couple of nights later.  That cabin was on the outskirts of town, near the end of Old Mammoth Road.  The cabin was actually well stocked and comfortable, but the bed was SO HARD that even hubby couldn't sleep on it and he slept on the living room couch for 2 nights!  I'm not sure we would book this cabin again...

Anyway, here are some pics from the day trip we took up in Bishop Canyon:

Ripley's first dip in a lake!  And, yes, she IS a lab!!!  She LOVES water!  Every summer here in the desert I fill up a kiddie plastic pool for her and she goes and sits in it on hot days!

The Parchers Resort is getting ready to close, up in Bishop Canyon.  The Silver Lake Resort is closing this week, and (Nuzzling Muzzles...) WALKER BURGER closed yesterday for the season!  We got lunch there going up to Lake Tahoe, and then coming back down.  Ripley really enjoyed their grassy area!


Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Ahh, you recall my love of Walker Burger. It's so beautiful there. I miss it. I'm glad you were able to work Ripley into the trip so that you didn't have to worry about what kind of trouble she was getting in back home. We left our Labrador in and inside/outside setup when we went on a trip once, and he bit the well repairman who needed to get into the yard. The guy called us, and we suggested that he climb a ladder over the fence instead of attempting to go through the dog's yard. Thankfully, he didn't sue us.

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