Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Rough roads, horses & Anniversary

   Happy 9th Wedding Anniversary Cassie & Jack!

Gerry and I had to run some errands today and decided to take a mountain road that we hadn't been on before.  You know, where does that road lead to?  As usual up here the roads are decent for the first 1/4 mile and then get progressively worse.  That was the case today and this road really got down rough and dirty.  We had the Tom Tom GPS and it kept saying "turn around", "turn around as soon as you can" and wouldn't shut up.  That isn't a good sign.  We were down to about 3mph on sections of the road and even that was too fast.

We came to a fork in the road and it looked like the direction we wanted to be headed in and made the fateful turn.  Bad move!.  We started going down a steep grade with the road consisting of large rocks, ruts, drop offs and downed trees all over the place.  We came upon a cabin out in the middle of nowhere and it had seen better days and that must have been a long time ago.  It was about this time that we heard the "Dueling Banjos" song and started praying that the road wasn't a dead end or gated.  If it was, I wasn't sure we could drive back up that hill without 4-wheel drive.  

There were some nice scenic parts on the drive and we came across this little bridge back on the better part of the road, just nice enough to encourage us to continue on the drive.  The streams in the area are up high and running fast due to the last three days of rain which is heavy at times.  Did I tell you that I am sick of the rain and humidity?  Well, I am!

There is a small farm near us that had three horses in a barn near the road.  It was raining so much today that even the horses were staying under cover.  The white horse is almost always in the pasture eating his day away and the others less frequently.  We managed to get a picture of two of them today and I guess the third was even farther back in the barn keeping warm and dry.  Smart horses.

Oh, by the way, we didn't have to go back up the road.  About 2 miles from the crushed cabin there was a good asphalt road and civilization and some old houses. 

1 comment:

  1. What an absolutely fun experience, after it was over. I really enjoyed your reference to Dueling Banjos. Wish I had thought about that when writing about one of our experiences on the wrong road in California. It would have been most appropriate! Keep on writing, we'll keep on reading!