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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday Stills ~ The Open Road

This week's Sunday Stills challenge is "The Open Road." The instructions were to find a favorite spot of roadway and snap away.

The farthest I drove this week was 2 miles up to the Post Office...pretty boring...

So, Colt and I hit the Open Road in our kind of style...horseback 'n right outside the driveway!

As we approach the end of the drive, we could go straight
north...but that would take us to the paved road.

But heading east will take us farther up Anderson Valley.
Accompanied by Abby, Cowboy and Cindy Sue we head out.

It's a nice view looking back at our place.
The alfalfa is growing like crazy!

It's late morning, but it's already 80 degrees.
Abby, the water dog, takes a dip in the neighbor's
catch pond.
Cowboy and Cindy Sue are waders...not swimmers.

After a brisk long trot down the valley, we
finally reach the rise and can see
down the valley.

Looking back west toward our place.

We reach the Starbuck Ranch and take a lil' rest
and enjoy the view of their spread.

Anderson Valley Road continues on down the
valley in an "S" curve.

We decide to head back home.
It's pretty warm for the pups to be
out too long.

The view going the opposite direction is just as nice!
Hat Butte from the east end is a nice
change for me...I always see it from the west end.

A couple of cow/calf pairs are trailed out
headin' for the water hole.
The calves are really growing...soon they'll be
gathered and weaned.

Ahhhhh...back to the neighbor's catch pond.
Cool, cool water!

Colt enjoyed the drink and the lush green grass
in the ditch too!

That's my favorite kind of Open Road...and the best part about it all...we never saw a truck or car the whole time!

Head on over to the Sunday Stills ~ Open Road comment section to view other Open Road could even join in on our fun weekly challenge!



Nina P. said...

What a beautiful, peaceful ride. I live in the east, where the roads and scenery are very different. This brings back memories when we'd take the horses and off we'd go on our own adventures. We'd always be back in time for chores though. Thanks for the memories and sharing your beautiful morning ride. Love and Light, Nina P.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the lovely tour!

lisa said...

That is my kind of road! Awesome pictures!

Cedar View Paint Horses said...

Thanks for the great pics!

Shirley said...

I'm with Kate- thanks for the tour! Love all the pics with Colt's ears in them.

mj said...

You used my favorite view finder. Your view finder has shorter ears than mine, but it's all good! Nice example of eastern Oregon's open road. Loved your post.

colleen said...

I would so like to be there with you! There isn't a better way to explore the roads than by horseback! Great pictures.

Ed said...

What a great way to spend the afternoon and do the challenge..:-)

Reddunappy said...

My favorite kind of open road! Great pictures.

Aussie Oklahoma said...

Awesome pictures! I must admit that I'm a bit jealous, though Mom thinks I'm crazy for wanting to move to a drier climate. Such beautiful country.

By the way, I never knew you were from Oregon! Just discovered it looking at your profile. By road, it looks like you're about three hundred and some miles southeast of me.

thecrazysheeplady said...

I enjoyed the ride :-). Great shots!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

So, did you happen to pick up a an iced latte from that Starbuck ranch? lol! Sorry, I couldn't help it. :D

Your area is so much flatter than mine. You've got some stark and striking vistas all around. I love the desert and all the wide open. And no cars is just a wait. Doing it all on horseback is the real bonus. :)


Oregon Equestrian said...

Best view of the road...between a horse's ears!

Ebie said...

Love the texture of the road! My favorite photo is the first one! Very beautiful scenes!
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Sherri said...

Thank you for the scenic ride. Very clever and extremely well executed.

Kathleen Coy said...

Thank you for sharing your ride with us. How fun! :-)

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the ride, and scenery. Thanks for sharing. :)

Paint Girl said...

It is so beautiful there! Such great scenery for a relaxing ride! That is cool you can take the dogs with you. We can't do that. I know they would love to go, though!!

Anonymous said...

looks like fun; open road & your hoorse

Anonymous said...

Very much enjoyed the ride! Thanks :)

Nicisme said...

I can almost smell the dust and hear those gorgeous horses! Great photos.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful shots. Love Colt's head as the tour guide. =) I can almost smell that warm-horse smell and feel the heat through the saddle. Mmmm. I miss riding.

Faithful said...

I really enjoyed riding with you over your open when viewed from horseback!

flowerweaver said...

Nice ride! I especially enjoyed the water dog scenes, and the horse taking a big gulp! I am fixated on water now that we have none!

Sara said...


Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking us on your ride. It was very enjoyable.

Celeste said...

Thank you for taking us along on your ride, what beautiful views you have all around.

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