I decided that it was time for a day off, so I took Gemmie to Croft State Park for a ride Friday.
|Took a new to us trail that began alongside the river. Recent rains have filled it back up. The trail was really soft and squishy and I let Gem just walk along on a loose rein to ease into things.|
|Single track trail through the trees. Gem just wanted feeling it this day and I just let her keep walking. I can't remember the last time I just let her walk in the woods with me. Probably over 2 years ago.|
|2 hours into the ride I got off to give her back a break. We had basically walked the entire time and I was getting sore from it. I swear walking is way harder on me than trotting. Gem enjoyed the break and moseyed along behind me.|
|More Lake Johnson|
|Before I turned right I looked down the trail towards and left and saw this sign. Gem lucked out that I did!|
|This is Lake Craig. This is the normal trail we hike on with the dogs and Wyatt. I often times will see boats out on this lake.|
|The sandy lane that goes along the lake. To the left of the picture is the lake and to the right is a creek. Both sides are super steep and while I am tempted to gallop down it, a single spook could take us head over heels over the edge.|
10 miles and 3 hours 45 minutes later we arrived back at the trailer. It was very slow going and I can't remember the last time we walked that much. At the end I think she was either in heat, foot sore or bored of going out alone. I contacted a local endurance friend and made plans to ride next weekend together so I can see how Gem moves then.