Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Back in the Saddle

I'm back in the saddle! Literally, because I've started horseback riding again after almost 30 years. Figuratively, because I'm finally blogging again after 5 months.

In fact, I've been spending so much time outdoors that I haven't scrapbooked at all. I want to change that, but realistically, it won't be real soon. Spring break is in a few weeks, then Karl has his every-seven-year sabbatical with Intel this summer. We're going to travel and visit some of the national parks, like Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain National Park. All in all, we will be gone for over a month.

Here's some photos of what I've been doing all this time. This is me on Annie, a 4-year old quarter horse:

Annie was a rescue horse that had been destined for the slaughter house at just 2 years old. She was saved by the Luv Shack, and trained by Taylermade Equestrian Services, where I am riding. The Luv Shack recently found Annie a permanent home. I hope it is a good one!

Here I am on the ground. If you look closely, I am wearing spurs, for the first time ever!

When I'm not riding or running, I try to climb Squaw Peak. It's a 1,300 ft. climb at a pretty steady incline. It's such a good feeling when you reach the summit, though. Here are a couple of self-portraits from the top:

Unfortunately, the yellow cloud hanging over the city in this picture is pollution:


Terrie in AZ said...

Welcome back, I've missed you! Sounds like you will have a busy but fun summer!

betsy (pharmgirl) said...

Lori! happened upon your blog again! been thinking of you - WOW - it looks like you're having a blast!