Sunday, July 12, 2020
My friend, Buzz, and I met to catch up with each other’s recent doings. We wanted me to re-meet his puppy, Ziva. Many years ago, I had a red Dobie, loved and showed her competitively. I’ve an eye for the breed and Buzz’s Ziva is a knockout. He’s crazy about her.
We wandered through a nearby BLM with an irrigation canal running through and watched as Ziva tried estimating water-depths. She wanted to dive in but felt too timid. When next I meet Ziva, she’ll be responding wholeheartedly to water spots.
Coming home, I saw a text from my friend, Judy. She rode with me at Horse Butte and knew my struggles to define and perhaps map a scenic horse-trail route. Judy’s husband, Greg, a map and GPS whiz, was willing to teach me how to define my trail’s key points. Coincidentally, the evening before, Susie had prepped me on waypoints and mapping, and now, I had a keener ear for Greg’s explanations.
We decided to test Greg’s GPS by going to a nearby large canal. I’ve long wished for a way of crossing to its opposite side where a road looks as if it would accommodate my horse and cart for driving. We found a spot to view the canal, when Greg’s GPS revealed a bridge nearby. We followed the GPS to that area and to a road that appeared to be private property. But it allowed public access and led to a bridge crossing the canal. On its other side were private properties, and on our side a perfectly-nice canal road–a lovely avenue for walking, and next spring for driving a horse.
On the private property side stunning flowers punctuated the waterway. We found ourselves in a lovely spot with plantings and artifacts from days long gone by.
Those lovelies all created a joyous day with friends Buzz, Judy, and Greg. We love animals, we’re adventurers who explore, who share knowledge and skills. Moreover sites nearby and previously unknown are beautiful, interesting, and inviting more and closer-looks here on Bend’s east side.
Dear Friends: I see now how to define path and points, to map “Diana’s Route” at Horse Butte. Diana