Today is one of those deceptive Colorado winter days.
The sun is shining brightly in a clear blue sky. It comes flooding through the windows, bringing light and warmth. If you can ignore the snow on the ground, it almost seems like it should be t-shirt weather out there.It's not.
I had plans to meet Mystyc's owner for a mid-day trail ride today. If it had been anyone else, I probably would have cancelled. Deb is hardcore, though. I know she goes out in all kinds of weather, so I put on two pairs of socks, winter boots, long underwear, jeans, a turtleneck, winter gloves and a down jacket and headed out to the barn.
Sure enough, Deb was already sitting on Sweet Pea when I arrived. I saddled Mystyc, and we headed out.
Deb chose a trail that took us down into the trees along the river bottom. The footing was a bit icy in spots, but like I said, Deb is hardcore. We let the horses pick their way, and it worked out just fine.
The creek itself was frozen over.
We briefly entertained thoughts of crossing it anyway. Fortunately, Deb is hardcore but not crazy. We ended up going the other way, which took us to higher, more solid ground.
It was a cold but beautiful ride. I'm glad I didn't wimp out.
Now I am at home, watching HGTV in my pajamas and stitching a pink saddle blanket...because that's how us hardcore riders roll!