Funtime at the Fun Farm
Trip Start Apr 15, 2009
13Trip End Nov 2009
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We didn't do all the wine-tasting, at the various wineries in the area, but that's not to say that we didn't drink wine (although I'm not a great wine fan). However, we did do a lot of other things.
It seemed like several times a week, we had a few friends over for drinks and pupus (Hawaiian for appetizers) or even a BBQ dinner, etc. Then on Labor Day weekend we had two big parties. First, on Saturday, we had about 25 people at Sami's for BBQ chicken and pot luck dishes and most importantly, for me, was the Costco cake (that I really like and never have a chance to get), so we called the party an 'Un-Birthday Party' and everybody had a good time
Then on Sunday, we went over to other friends, Patty and Tim's place for BBQ hamburgers and lots more. Again, there were about 25 people (only about half of which were also at Sami's on Saturday.
We also went to gatherings at a few other friends' homes, like Janine and Larry's and Stephanie and Lyle's and a couple of Pampered Chef parties, too. Stephanie has mules and donkeys, including one of the biggest donkeys I've ever seen (close to 5' at the shoulders).
I only got to go horseback riding once, but it turned out to be a rather interesting ride. There were four of us and on the way home, as we were walking down a dirt road, a 'mad' cow jumped up along the fence, startling the horses. Actually, it was sort of a domino effect....Jenny, on 'Bridget' was in the lead (and the closest to the cow) and 'Bridget' spooked, jumping up and sideways, which, in turn, spooked my horse 'Hannah' but I managed to control her and stay on.
Meanwhile, Sami was behind me on 'Raker' (one of her Icelandic horses), and when he spooked, her right foot slipped out of the stirrup and she decided to bail (jump off), however, she landed badly and got her hands and left elbow scraped and also rather badly bruised (or slightly cracked) a couple of ribs (therefore, she couldn't do any more riding for 2-3 weeks)
Once we got everything under control, that crazy cow raced the fence a couple more times, so the horses weren't too happy until we moved on past the cow's territory. However, shortly after that, there were a couple of deer just down the road ahead, eating some apples from a tree, (that could have possibly been a problem...either by getting spooked or spooking the horses) so Jenny rode ahead to 'move' them along, etc. Never a dull moment.
For those of you whom might remember my Travel Pod about last year's visit at Sami's, they had 10 horses (one has since died), 2 cows (their freezers are now well stocked), 2 pigs (one was also butchered, the other is now used for breeding), plus they still have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 rabbit (one ran away), 20+ chickens, and there's always a lot of chores to go with them, etc. Again, never a dull moment.
They own a construction foundations company, which doesn't seem to help much towards finishing the remodeling of their house. They've been at it for over two years
Besides the house, the newest project was to make a 'riding arena' in the huge front yard. We all chipped in to help and it was ready very quickly. For the time being, the arena just has fence posts and rope around the perimeter but will eventually have white fencing to match the other fencing they already have around the property. Then we got a bunch of chairs and sat back, drinking wine or beer, and watched 13 year old Madi put on a show as she rode around the arena on 'Raker".
Madi 'shows' at various horse shows and while we were there, we went down to one at Yreka, CA for a weekend. Sami, Madi and I stayed in Sami's motorhome (Scott and Terry only helped on the going and returning, but stayed at home otherwise...it's only about a one hour drive OW). A couple other friends also were there and showed their horses and/or mules. Stephanie and her daughters Samantha and Jessie did very well with their mules, winning lots of ribbons and prizes. Madi got several ribbons and a nice silver belt buckle.
The week before the horse show, Sami, Madi and I drove down to the 'R' Ranch, where they had just purchased a membership. It's just across the OR/CA border (less than an hour from Sami's) and has stables and riding trails, as well as, RV campsites, pools and clubhouses, etc. Unfortunately, neither one of the two camping areas are real close to the stables and the one that's right next to the Klamath River is over six miles away. Nevertheless, it's a fun place.
Finally, after about six weeks of fun with great people, we hit the road headed south into CA.