Monday, August 16, 2010

Checking in

A lot has happened since we got back from GA. We went for a horse back riding trip to Wyoming's Wind River Valley with Ed Dabney and 18 other people. Ed trailered our horses up there, we flew into Jackson Hole and then drove to Dubois where we met the convoy (yes, it was a convoy of eight horse trailers!). We spent a wonderful week in the wilderness just hanging out with everyone, riding in the some of the most beautiful scenery this country has to offer. Slept in an ultra light two person REI tent with a zero-degree sleeping bag. The temps were in the 40s during the night and high 70s and low 80s during the day. Humidity was low (yes!). WY is an "open carry" state which allowed me to wear my Ruger Vaquero 45 LC single action in a holster in plain view! That feeling alone is awesome!

The camp had primitive facilities, no running water, just a pit toilet that was amazingly clean.

After WY we spent a night in Dubois - this town is beautiful western town. The next day we drove to Jackson Hole, rented a one-way car from Hertz and drove down to Albuquerque. We initially reserved a full-size vehicle but because the Jackson Hole location was privately owned, they did not want to part with their full size new car and instead offered a Corolla with 50K miles on it or a brand new tiny Yarris. We took the Yarris and that puppy held up great! Drove through Rock Springs, WY on to Cheyenne to meet I-25 down through Colorado and into New Mexico. Stopped a bit in Ft Collins, CO which has a beautiful downtown full of restaurants, bars and shops.

The drive through CO was uneventful except a huge rain storm close to Trinidad. After that we rode into NM and rain followed us for a while. Drove through Raton, NM which is very scenic. One observation through NM is the amount of mobile homes, many of them in disarray!

We spend the night in Albuquerque, making sure we had dinner in our favorite restaurant - the "Flying Star". The next morning we went on south on I-25 down to Truth or Consequences and then on to Hillsboro. Hillsboro is the start of the Gila Natl Forest, it is a quaint town with population of about 150. Has two cafes (ate a great lunch at one of them), a gallery and a post office. It is about 40 miles from Silver City (our destination) but the road winds through the Gila Forest and some quite scary switchbacks in the mountains. It took about an hour and a half to cross the 40 miles! Silver City was alright, it is an old mining town with a lot of history and a historic downtown. About 10,000 people live in it and it has all the services of a bigger town, including chain restaurants and a Walmart. It also has a "drag" downtown where we saw a bunch of Latino folks drive around looking all "gangsta" and playing loud music out of their cars.

5 miles north of SC is the community of Pinos Altos - there is a historic Opera House (still functioning!), an old saloon and a museum in town. Worth a visit.

At the end we looked at a property in Mimbres, about 30 minutes away from SC in the Mimbres Valley. This house was on 2.5 acres and its back gate opened into the natl. forest!

All in all, a great trip!!! Can't wait to move out West.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Back from the GA trip

We are back from Georgia, it was awesome, we got to ride, ride ride!!! We also got to know our horses better and hang out with some very nice folks (thanks Ed, Dan, Ramona, Madeline, William, Elizabeth and Marcus!). In ten or so days we will be setting out for an even bigger adventure - our first trip to Wyoming! We will be riding our horses in the real wilderness with Ed, Dan and 15 other riders and horses, camping in the middle of nowhere and just enjoying nature. We are in the process of buying all the necessary supplies, a new rifle, handguns (yes, we have a CCW now!), ammo etc. After WY we will spend a few days in New Mexico just chilling out and looking at some properties. A LOT more pics to follow!

Ognen/Dacia

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Saddles


Dacia and I ordered our new saddles from SouthernTrails. They are A-fork wades - the photo is above. I must say I love the way it looks (old school). Apparently the saddle maker is old-school too.

New horse pics

A lot has happened in the last week or so. We went to Ed's place in Dacula for a weekend and did some horseback riding. Here are the photos to prove it!

Here is my favorite (Dan is in front):


Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Pesticides and your food

Here is a list of fruits and vegetables that are non-organic and doused in pesticides. Along that is a list of things you can eat that is not so bad.

List

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Small scale farming in the city

Here is a guy who makes sense:

http://www.farmandranchliving.com/2007/DJ07/feature06.asp?RefURL=&KeyCode=&tdate=&PMCode=&OrgURL

Also, there is the Urban Homestead - they grow 6,000 lbs of vegetables and fruits on 1/10th of an acre!!

Fascinating.
OD

Friday, May 21, 2010

Another loss of our freedoms

The Senate recently passed a bill (in a pretty sleazy way) to allow extracting DNA from any US citizen who was arrested on suspicion of a crime but NOT convicted of it. Read more here. What ever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"?

Friday, April 30, 2010

One of the most beautiful places on Earth

Galicica national park around Ohrid, Macedonia.

Bah

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10092320.stm

Oil slick off of Louisiana

Disgusting is the word. Sadly, people here are so stupid and paralyzed with inertia, so dumb and glued to their TVs so much and they care so little. By tomorrow, these news will be replaced with some celebrity scandal and that will be it, all forgotten. Sad state of the American (wo)man.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cob building

A little post over at GoCountryRural about building with cob. I bought two books about it - very interested in getting my hands dirty (no pun intended).

Friday, March 05, 2010

Visiting our horses

This weekend we are flying up to Dacula, GA to visit our horses and get some training from Ed Dabney (http://www.eddabney.com).

Pics on return.

OD

New leaf

It has been a while since I have had anything to say. It has been years since I have done anything with myself. I was meant to do something better than slowly die in a stupid office job I hate, surrounded by greedy, self-indulgent people. So, I am making changes. I will dedicate myself to what I think makes me happy and I wont care about what anyone thinks. That's a promise.

Don't be surprised to see a posting soon that says "I quit the dumbass high-paying job".

Oh, yeah, expect daily posts from now on.

OD