The Day I Fell In Love With Jake

How I Fell In Love With Jake Vasquez Rocks was the first place I had ever taken Jake to for a trail ride, away from my home and it turned out to be an exceptionally hot day that June, we were prepared for heat but not to this degree. It climbed over 100 degrees that day.   I set out with another rider, a gal I had rode trail with for years, we both had our trusty trail doggies. At that time I had Reba, a black border collie with white markings that had no more interest in herding horses, let alone sheep or cows. She was just perfect and so smart. We headed out around 9 am but the heat caught up to us midway through the ride, it got so bad that Reba decided to climb under some brush, cuz there aint much more out there in the dry desert, just dry old brush that does not offer much shade. She decided not to come out from beneath the bush, Reba was trying so desperately to escape the heat from. It wasn’t working. We were not close to our truck and trailers, I was starting to panic, I feared she was having a heat stroke and would not survive. I didn’t know what to do, we offered her water and waited, but she would not budge. She just laid there panting. Reba was miserable. I was scared. It was getting hotter by the minute, I had to make a decision. Finally I told my girlfriend, “Lift Reba up here in the saddle with me, set her on Jake”. I had no idea how he would react, a dog on his back plus my weight. My friend gently picked up all 45 plus pounds of Reba and set her up in the saddle with me, right across my lap. Guess what Jake did? He stood there, quiet as could be, just as if he had done this a 1000 times before. He could have cared less. We were able to ride off with no problems. We had about a 45 minute ride ahead of us, and had to climb back up over a ridge to get back to our trailer, I held Reba...

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My Western Heart Visits Vasquez Rocks

My Western Heart Visits Vasquez Rocks Last week I went for a hike to one of my favorite places in Southern California, Vasquez Rocks, or fondly known as”the Rocks”. Vasquez Rocks  is located north of Los Angeles in a cool little town called Agua Dulce and is part of the Los Angeles County Parks. The park is named after a notorious bandit, Tiburcio Vasquez  a horse stealing,  train robbing, cattle rustling individual who sounds like a perfect  plot for a western movie.  Funny thing is years later after Tiburcio was captured in the Hollywood hills, many western films and television shows  have been made at the rocks, including The Lone Ranger, Bonanza, and Gunsmoke just to name a few.   If you want to learn more about the interesting history of Vasquez Rocks, just google it, you will find volumes of history and information, much more than I could ever do justice to. Vasquez Rocks is not only a favorite place to hike but to trail ride Jake, and it’s actually where I fell in love with Jake. Tomorrow on Tales for the Trail I will tell you how that happened.   I felt so fortunate, when I first arrived at the Rocks there was only one other car on  the entire 923 acres, my second score of the morning was the weather. It can get CRAZY hot during the summer but at my visit, it was a perfectly cloudy, cool day with a threat of rain, a perfect day for a hike. When Hiking at Vasquez Rocks Be Prepared When hiking being prepared is important, a prepared hiker is a good hiker…well that day I was not a prepared hiker.  I headed out without water and only my phone, I do not recommend or endorse this. It is always important to let someone know where you are and when you plan to be back.  I did have my my trusty hiking boots as I was not planning a big hike, just a quick jaunt around the lower area o f the park to snap some photos. That is the great thing about this park, you can explore the rocks with a quick hike, climb around on the rocks or take a longer more...

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1966 Kenskill Trailer Project

1966 Kenskill Trailer, I think I have a project Well now that the 2015 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is done and gone, it is time to move on to new projects, meet TAC, better known as Tin Can Allie. She is a 1966 Kenskill Trailer that we will be restoring. She was purchased last October and due to the holidays, birthdays and that dang day job, not much has gotten done, but at last the weather is nice, the wind has stopped and I have convinced my other half Boss Man that we need to get ‘er done. I wanna go glamping!   How I found my 1966 Kenskill Trailer I was driving home from day job, stopped at a traffic light and happened to glance at my phone and there she was, cute as can be, advertised on a local Facebook page.  Believe me, that was the last thing I had on my mind was finding her, see…”when you least expect it” as the saying goes, apparently it works with trailers as well as one’s love life. Anyway I immediately contacted the owner and drove straight over. It was love at first sight and a done deal, the next thing I knew, I was driving home with my 1966 Kenskill Trailer.  Yep, I got a project, oh did I get a project. Ya Know What the DMV Called My 1966 Kenskill Trailer? When I bought her, she had no license plates, but we pulled her home anyway. The next week I decided to register her and off with my papers I went into AAA and you know what they told me? They said she was junk and they could not help me. Well at first I was a little shocked and offended, why they hadn’t even seen her, then I got real excited because I love junk, junk is good, to me junk equals treasures!! Ding, ding, ding! Whoooo Who I hit the mother of all junk and it was official, TAC was deemed as junk by the Department of Motor Vehicles. It don’t get more official than that! I was thrilled… until I learned that I had to stand in line at the DMV to get her “unjunked”, but that’s another story...

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2015 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

2015 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Review Well, I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I had this year at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. I absolutely loved the new venue at William S. Hart Park, there is so much there to see and do, if you would like to learn more about click here William S. Hart park. The shopping at 2015 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival was on fire! I not only found some really cool cowboy/girl items I wanted to purchase but I met some really incredible vendors. I had a great chat with Chris West of Chris West Originals, he takes old cowboy boots and magically turns them into beautiful one of a kind purses. I have been wanting to give him a pair of my dads boots for a while now, but I decided I would take him an old pair of my boots, a pair of boots that have lots of history with me, oh dear I feel a blog post coming, stay tuned.   Take a look at these cool signs made out of old license plates. I purchased one last year, still have not put it together…I know, I know but if you are inclined to here is the number to call. I don’t have the company name or person to contact, just tell them you heard about them from My Western Heart. And look at this, more cowgirl shopping. Love the hat, and no I didn’t get another hat this year but if I was going to, this would be it! These scarves are so attractive, they were flowing freely in the wind, have a great time. Another great thing about this years 2015 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival was all the shade and grass that Hart Park offered. Look at this, nice and cool and no dust, what’s not to like about that! Performers at the 2015 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Sadly I am not able to do justice to all the wonderful talent that this festival had to offer. Sometimes life throws us a curve ball and we have to deal with it, I ended up missing the performers that I had tickets for but there is always next year. With that being said...

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What To Do With An Old Pair of Jeans 2

What To Do With An Old Pair Of Jeans Part 2 The old pair of jeans arrived in beautiful Michigan after their quick trip across country courtesy of USPS Priority Mail. Of course after their long trip they were tired and even more worn out. They decided they needed a rest and wanted to hang out for a few days and take in the sights of beautiful Michigan. After their much deserved rest the fabulous and creative Mary Ann Nietz of Mercantile Lane got down to business and this is what she did. Taaa Daaaa! Aren’t they adorable! These are the cutest things ever and my little gal and I now have matching OOAK(one of a kind) mommy daughter skirts, Please! We are in heaven. To say we LOVE these one of a kind, beautiful, unique skirts is an understatement. They are truly pieces of ar, treasures and will be a part of our family forever. Look at all the work that went into these. Let me give you a little tour. The Legs Were Cut Off The Old Pair of Jeans First of all, the legs were cut off. Mary Ann is so brave, far braver than I.   Next she had to fix a few things so the jeans would lay flat, she added a little piece of material to help with that.     She then gathered the material for the skirt, which she does by hand. Some may wish to use their machine. About 1/4″ from the top                         Mary Ann was ready to sew.She attached the gathered fabric to the jeans. Next she created the most cleaver pocket   And attached it when finished   She also gathered the skirts from the hem, added some vintage lace, pretty ribbons and a handmade rosette. Mary Ann is so cleaver and creative. I can not tell you the joy that my little gal and I had when the box arrived with our skirts. We had a school function and promptly wore them to the function. We got so many compliments and I handed out so many cards. If you would like a OOAK skirt that has been lovingly made by...

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D & F Pack Station Rockin’ Review

D & F Pack Station~ Huntington Lake CA Despite the drought in California we still managed to have a wonderful trip to Huntington Lake, one of our favorite places to visit in Huntington Lake is D & F pack station. I know, I ride all the time, have a stellar trail horse named Jake, why would I want to ride on vacation, and why would I want to ride a rental horse. Well the answer is easy, I am on vacation, I get to have some nice guide saddle and unsaddle my horse, they get to pick the trail, the horses are sound, quiet animals and I get to sit back enjoy the new scenery and enjoy the ride.               This year we enjoyed a pleasant lake side trail ride through large pines with views of white puffy clouds and the remaining water in Huntington Lake. Despite the decreased water levels of the lake, we still had a great ride. Our ride started out at the pack station, and we rode traveled through beautiful pines and streams leading to the lake. We had a variety of ages and riding levels on this ride but our awesome guides Roy and Jeff did a great job matching  horses to our skill levels.                         I rode a very seasoned mare named Ginger, taking the dusty drag position. (Cough cough, where is my bandana when I need it). Ginger was super cool and easy. She never rushed, stayed calm and quiet the entire ride as did all the horses, even when we started back towards home, the horses never anticipated going home, they kept the same pace as they did going out. Slow and easy, perfect for enjoying the scenery.  Ginger was a real pleasure to ride. I was once again pleased with my horse, guides and ride. There is always one in every crowd or ride We did have one rider that was not completely happy,  I heard her say she was a little disappointed with the ride because we did not get to run and trot. Man oh man,  if  I had a quarter for every time I heard...

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