Wednesday July 4 2012
Yesterday Regina and Kat and I hauled a 4-horse stock trailer full of stuff (John said "Pack It Like You Mean It", and we did!) to City of Rocks basecamp in preparation for our 4-day City of Rocks Pioneer Trail Endurance Ride on July 11-14.
It was a 4-hour drive there (got stuck trying to get through Albion, where the streets were clogged with 4th of July Parade stuff). Once there, we unhitched the trailer, and put up fencing for the 8 or so horses we'll be using to mark and unmark trail, and to ride during the ride. It took us 4 hours to get back, not counting the birthday party/dinner at Virginia's that we had the luck to time just right.
Today, Steph and I are headed back to City of Rocks for good with 4 horses, and everything else including two kitchen sinks, for a couple of weeks. Judy's already on her way with 3 horses, and Regina's following on Saturday with 3 more horses.
Meanwhile, here in Owyhee a Fire Weather Watch is in effect for Friday and Saturday:
...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM MDT FRIDAY FOR
LIGHTNING FOR WESTERN TWIN FALLS BLM AND OWYHEE MOUNTAINS...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BOISE HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG
WARNING FOR LIGHTNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM MDT
* THUNDERSTORMS...ABUNDANT LIGHTNING POSSIBLE WITH SCATTERED
* OUTFLOW WINDS...GUSTY OUTFLOW WINDS IN EXCESS OF 40 MPH.
A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL
CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.
So, in addition to losing my marbles getting ready for the new City of Rocks ride, I'll be worrying the rest of my head off about FIRE back home.