I woke up this morning to the wonderful sound of rain gently falling on the roof...I slid the window open and the air was fresh and warm and the dirt was brown. Not a single bit of snow...anywhere.
I thought I was dreaming...so I went back to sleep. It was such a wonderful dream that I did not want to wake up.
When I woke up again...the dream was still with me...
I AM in Arizona!!!!!
I finally made it!!
With me, I have Moon, Frosty and Bugs. I arrived much later in the evening than I had anticipated but I was still warmly welcomed by Mikey, Mercy and Wade. They had set up some nice large pens for my boys and filled water tanks. All I had to do was throw my crew a bit of hay and they were free to relax and rest after their long trip from Colorado.
It was a good trip. The roads were dry and the traffic wasn't bad. I just got left later than I was planning on because my idiot horses decided THAT was the morning when NO ONE wanted to be caught. I spent an hour and a half trudging around in frigid temps and deep snow trying to catch them. If they had only known that all I wanted to do was leave the cold and snow behind right?
Mikey and I spent some time this morning slugging down a pot of coffee and catching up, then we headed to town to get hay. Mikey showed me around Wickenburg. Lots of new arenas going up in this area. Lots of barrel racings, ropings, playdays and sorting. There is going to be lots and lots to do.
I wished I would have gotten a picture of Wade's face when Frosty backed out of the trailer the night before...even in the dark...it's impossible to miss that, A) He is a b.i.g. horse and, B) He's 'fluffy'...and I don't mean just his hair. LOL...Frosty is not exactly f.a.t....but he's not exactly fit either.
And then I unloaded Bugs. Lord...Now that little guy is f.a.t.! Wade sees these two and says, 'Geez, your gonna think we starve our horses.' Not hardly. I've got some riding to do to get my two pudgy boys in shape...but that is why they are with me.
Since it kind of kept raining on and off most of the day, Mikey and I didn't hit the desert on horseback, but later in the day we headed over to Wade's brother's for some practice roping. I took Moon to make sure and get him stretched out and see how he felt. He was feeling froggy. It took a little bit to get him settled down and working. But I don't blame him...these much warmer temps sure do make a person feel good. He finally settled in after pushing some steers around...
Friday we load up again and head to Lake Havasu City. I am entered in the Grand Canyon circuit rodeo up there. All that was left was the slack, which is fine. I run first thing in the morning on Saturday and then it's back down to Mikey's and I can start focusing on getting horses in shape and be ready to hit it hard in February.
Right now, you'd be hard pressed to slap the smile off of my face!!
Oh yea...And I taught Mercy how to play arena tag...I think I have created a monster. LOL. But it's all good. I didn't want to overdo it on Moon this time, but next time...It's game on! ;-)