The long Fourth of July weekend is winding down today as tourists pack up their camping gear, motor boats and any souvenirs purchased from the Old Forge Hardware Store. Once they have consolidated these items in or behind a vehicle, they will exit the Adirondack Park with memories to inspire them until they return next year. But those of us lucky enough to call this region home have several more weeks of green piney pleasure to wallow in before the foliage begins to change. I aim to make the most out of every second which will add up to countless hours spent in the barn with my animals.
Last week, MRF hummed with a slew of visiting "alumni" and family members including my sister Sue and niece Amy, (All Grown Up). Between scattered rain showers we were able to ride horses through the woods after schooling them in the ring. Another niece, Karly, (All Grown Up, Part II), who has spent many of her childhood summer days at MRF, joined us for an equestrian family reunion. Courtney and Lauren Holt, MRF riders since 2004, (Hoofbeats in the Adirondacks, 2012), joined the fun as well. To top it all off, my dear friend Cindy,(Healing with Horses), visiting from NC, spent a day at the farm too. Each of their lives has lead them along a convoluted path. However, its nice to know that every once in awhile they meander back to the barn where we can all spend a little time together in the company of horses.
|Karly/Lowtchee, Amy/Spirit, me/Makia, Sue/Sandi|
|Karly/Target, Amy/Joshua, from July, 2009|
|Lauren/Lowtchee, Courtney/Easau, me/Spirit, Sue/Sandi, Amy/Makia|
|Courtney/Windy and Lauren/Welby, 2007|
|Amy and her mother, my sister, Sue.|
Amy, Windy and Me, 1989 Amy and Makia, 2013