Family visit

20 08 2009

In this case, the family was mine – literally. My mom and dad’s 40th anniversary (!) was last weekend, so they decided to come to Colorado for their first summer visit ever. My uncle T and cousin K also came – for their first visit to Colorado ever! Naturally, a visit to my four-legged family was high on the list.

It would have been top of the list but for the rain the visitors pushed into Colorado ahead of their visits from points southeast and west. We waited a day to allow the basin to dry out, and except for the washes across the Disappointment Road as we drove there, all was otherwise dry …

But almost immediately we saw the most beloved horse – of this family, anyway! – in the basin: Grey/Traveler’s band, still shadowed by Chrome. They were very near the road to the old trap site, and Kreacher and the girls were also close by, closer to the shallow pond – the only pond that has water currently.

All at ease

All at ease

The boy with his girls and one little boy. Yes, yes, you see only two little bodies; our dear Jif is taking her own sweet time.

Shadow-Chrome

Shadow-Chrome

There’s Chrome at right, looking pretty worn out. I guess his plan isn’t working against the old man of the basin. The horses were considerably calmer than the first time I saw Chrome with them. Ahh … the young men, always thinking their youth is more than a match for wisdom – usually wrongly.

Away, the girls

Away, the girls

After we had watched the horses for a few minutes, Kootenai decided to leave, so she turned and led the horses toward the pond. They paused there but didn’t drink. They ended up at the catchment, followed by Traveler’s band.

Keepin-up Kreacher

Keepin-up Kreacher

This is one young man who knows who the boss is! He followed his girls, lickety split.

Traveler’s band looked quite calm, so we headed on to see who else we could see.

Steeldust’s band was up on the northeast hills – we could see them through the binoculars. All was looking good for us getting to where they were … until we came down the hill and around the curve and stopped dead at the wash of mud and boulders where the road had previously gone over the first Spring Creek crossing. Uh oh. To be sure, there were only four boulders, and none were very big – except the first one, closest to the Jeep side of the crossing – but the whole situation stopped us as if we’d been facing a raging river. There was a bit of water still flowing from previous rains, which is always good for the horses, so it was hard to be totally upset that I’ve been able to take everyone else out to the basin to see the horses, but then when my very own family comes, I get stymied at the first major arroyo! 🙂

I do have to mention the bet my uncle lost. He bet that the dry pond by Flat Top would have water in it from the recent rain. Unfortunately, I won.

But of course, all was not lost. Grey/Traveler and his band and Chrome and Kreacher and the girls were calmly grazing west of the catchment, so we got to see them again as we drove out. (Oh, and Cinch and Bruiser were up on the hill with Steeldust’s band.)

We headed down the Disappointment Road with the high hopes of seeing the pintos. Not too far into Dolores County, my dad sounded the horse alert: David and Shadow RIGHT inside the fence RIGHT off the road! So we had a nice little visit with them while they grazed and browsed on greasewood. Shadow barely looked up, and they eventually let us slide on by while they kept on doing what they were doing! Cool!

Unfazed Shadow and David

Unfazed Shadow and David

This was our view – David looking at us and Shadow … well, not.

Two faces

Two faces

Ah, and there they are, both looking at us calmly. You can see the fencepost at right. We didn’t get out of the Jeep – just shot right out the windows.

Just a little farther down the road, we had the other great good fortune to spot the pintos back in the “valley” below their old favorite hill. Mesa was on the east side of the arroyo, and the rest of the band was on the west side. We couldn’t see everyone because of hills and trees, even when they crossed to the east side of the arroyo, so I wasn’t able to get a good look at the as-yet-unnamed colts, but it was good to be able to point out those ponies that are seldom within view.

Mom and Dad, T and K, thanks so much for “meeting in the middle” and allowing me to show off my “other” family. 🙂


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10 responses

20 08 2009
Billie

TJ,,
Great that your human family got to meet your 4-legged family finally! I hope that you had a great time with both your families. The horses are looking good and I hope Jif foals soon.

BIllie

20 08 2009
TJ

Billie,
We had a great time! I’m so glad they were able to get out there and see some of the wild ones!
TJ

21 08 2009
Pam

Happy 40th to your folks! What a great way to spend it. I’m sure you really enjoyed sharing the horses with them. And now, they’ve experience “the magic” firsthand. 😉

21 08 2009
TJ

Pam,
It was a WONDERFUL visit! I’m so glad they came, and especially my cousin and uncle – I hadn’t seen them in ages. Even though we couldn’t get all the way into the basin to see more horses, at least they were able to “meet” my beloved Grey!
TJ

23 08 2009
Lynn Bauer

“Family is family”, however one defines it! Even a glimpse of the ponies will have their magical effect on everyone! Happy 40th to the Holmes’ clan!!
L & K

24 08 2009
TJ

Thanks! I’ll pass that along … the magic is spreading …! 🙂
TJ

25 08 2009
Melanie

Wow…congratulations to your parents, and I am glad that you were able to introduce your two-legged family to your four-legged one. 🙂

The scenery over where you are is just breathtaking, and I hope you know how lucky you are to be able to do what you do…lol!!

25 08 2009
TJ

Thanks, Melanie – I’ll pass along you congrats, too! Believe me, I count my blessings multiple times daily – and perhaps by the second when I’m in the basin with the horses. 🙂
TJ

25 08 2009
Nancy, aka, Mom

Thanks to all for your congrats on our anniversary! We had a fantastic time seeing Colorado in the summer! Now we just have spring. We’ve been fortunalte enough to see the aspen in full glory and the snow. Tracey (TJ) was a great hostess for a wonderful wk of celebration! Always love being with horses, was great to finally see Tracey’s band up close and personal!

Thanks again, Trac

Luv ya’
Mom and Dad

25 08 2009
TJ

Love and love and love!
TJ

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