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A horse trip from long ago

Way back in 2007 (early in my horse camping life) I made a trip to Midwest Trail Rides in southern Indiana.

The trip down was pretty easy.  I loaded most things Thursday evening, so Friday I just had to hook up the trailer, load my personal items and Mel.  Mel went right in to the trailer for a change and it only took an hour and a half to get there.  When we arrived, I was able to pull straight into my camp-site – no backing up – yay.

It was so dang hot!!  And so dry!!  The trails were like powder, so the dust was unbelievable.  And since Mel has been known to kick when a horse gets too close to his hind quarters, we had to be in the rear.

We all know the saying “things happen for a reason”.  Well, a couple of weeks before the ride, I had a flat tire on my trailer from a slow leak.  Because of that I purchased a Trailer-Aid Tandem Tire Changing Ramp.  Paul I went out to replace the flat, only to discover that my spare was flat too.  So we took them both to Big-O Tires to be fixed. One they could fix, the other had to be replaced.

When leaving the campground on Sunday afternoon, I rounded a corner and a fence post jumped right in front of my trailer fender.  It was impossible to avoid so I wound up hitting it.  The fender curled down and sliced my newly-fixed tire.  A couple of good-ole boys were nearby and offered to help.  They were able to change my flat using the Trailer-Aid Ramp that I had just purchased.  We rolled up onto the ramp with the good tire and they changed the bad tire while Mel was still in the trailer.  It was funny to see him poking his head out the window to see what was going on.  Either this was all according to some master plan or my guardian angel was looking out for me. If I hadn’t had the slow leak, I wouldn’t have bought the ramp nor would I have known that my spare was flat too.

By the way, I say “good-ole boys” with affection.  Horse people are always so friendly and helpful.

So, add to the cost of the trip, the cost of 2 new trailer tires and replacing the fender on the trailer.  Owning a horse is like owning a boat – the horse is the least expensive thing to buy.  Then there’s the tack, the board, the fly spray, the camping gear, the truck, the trailer, the tires, damage caused by vicious fence posts, etc. etc.  But the fun and companionship is priceless!

Life

A Bigger Hole in My Head

Sunday the 5th I sat inside watching my neighbors shoveling their driveways every couple of hours to keep on top of the snow storm. I kept telling myself that I should be out there doing the same thing – but myself didn’t want to. Myself decided to sit around in my bathrobe all day and rely on my 4×4 truck to get me out of the driveway on Monday. Later that day, I received a notification from my employer that the office would be closed on Monday. Woo-hoo, 3-day weekend. That evening I got a call from the dermatologist’s receptionist stating that the office would be opened on Monday and asking if I would be able to keep my appointment. I said “I’m going to try.” This was the appointment to remove the basal cell carcinoma from my scalp.

So Monday at 12:30 I left the house to make the 20 minute drive to the doctor’s office. My appointment wasn’t until 1:40, but I wanted to give myself plenty of time. Getting down the driveway was easy until I was stopped by the large wall of snow that the street plow made. But, I pulled forward a little, put it in 4-wheel drive low instead of high and hit the gas pedal. I made it through without hitting my neighbor’s mailbox across the street – yay! I love my Truck.

The drive was easy, just slow going. The frozen tundra (usually referred to as streets) was bumpy and hard. I could have gone faster than I did, but it felt like my insides were being jarred loose. I arrived at 1:10 to find a note on the door saying they were closed for lunch and would return at 1:00. There was another patient sitting in the parking lot (in his vehicle, of course). About 1:20 the doctor, nurse and receptionist pulled in and let us in. They said the only place they could find that was open was the Cheesecake Factory and they only had one chef working, so it took quite a while to get lunch.

Since they only had the two of us scheduled for that afternoon, it was only a few minutes before I was ushered in and given a local anesthetic on my head. Doctor made a circle with the needle and said the needle punctures would be the worst part of the procedure. I told him it didn’t hurt much at all – the most painful shot I ever received was in the heel of my foot. He agreed that that is one of the most painful spots to receive a shot. Then I sat and snoozed while the anesthetic took effect.

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Life

Trucks?

Busy morning.  I dropped Andre off at the groomer’s at 8:45 am for his nine o’clock appointment.   Then to Jiffy Lube for an oil change and checkup.  Then to the UPS Store to ship a Christmas present back to Amazon.  Then the gas station and the bank.  I arrived home at 10:03.  Boy, you can get a lot done if you start early before the sleepy heads leave their houses.

While I was at Jiffy Lube, a gentleman in the waiting room asked about my truck.  I told him it’s a 2002 with only 65,000 miles because I only use it to pull my horse trailer and to get through the snow (I don’t even have to shovel my driveway when I drive my truck, because it has 4-wheel drive.  He asked if it was Heavy Duty, to which I replied yes, with the extra towing package.  Told him it isn’t a diesel so the gas mileage is really bad.  He said it was a really nice truck and asked if I wanted to sell it, he knows someone looking for a truck.  I said I shouldn’t because I’d have to turn around and buy another one.  Thing is I would love to have a new truck with options like a USB port and navigation, etc., but I just can’t justify the cost.  I mean, I’ve had this truck for 11 years and hardly drive it – it’s not that I don’t like it – I love my truck – it’s because of the cost of gas.

Heard from a co-worker yesterday that Ford is changing its F150 to aluminum.  Said they will shave 700 pounds off the truck and increase the highway gas mileage to 30 mpg (shave about 5 miles per gallon).  Seems odd to me, because a truck is usually used for work like hauling, towing, etc.  Aluminum would dent easily, wouldn’t it?  Another co-worker said that Billy Bob’s gal would jump up to sit on the hood and put a big dent in it.  I replied that I took offense to that – you don’t have to be a hillbilly redneck to own a truck.

So I looked it up on the internet.  I didn’t know that Humvees were aluminum and that Alcoa makes aluminum blast shields for battlefield-bound vehicles.  Or that most of the products now sold by Jaguar and Audi use aluminum-intensive designs.  Or that Land Rover, the British manufacturer known for its go-anywhere sport-utility vehicles, adopted an aluminum body and frame for its Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, saving as much as 800 pounds in the process.  And Land Rover claims that the new vehicles have improved their legendary off-road capabilities.

Very interesting.  Wow – what is even more interesting is that I am talking about TRUCKS.  My how people can change.  I used to drive a little sports car.  Unfortunately I had to sell it because Paul didn’t fit in it and we needed the money for a down payment on our first house.  Oops, getting off subject here.