Thursday, June 29, 2017

Early Spring Riding at Ancient Lakes



During the first week of April a group of 
riders decided to have an early spring trail ride and camping adventure. MVBCH members Cathy Upper, Julie Johnson, Betty Wagoner, Mary Pat Bauman, and Mark Brantner wanted to get a head start on this season’s horse camping so they headed south to the beautiful Ancient Lakes/Quincy Wildlife area for an April 3rd, 4th, and 5th getaway. The weather and landscape was more “spring like” than in the Methow Valley and they were able to enjoy 3 days of great rides and a fun campout. Jill Freeze and Beverly Masteller from Davenport joined the group, as well as new rider Cindy Simmons from Leavenworth. One of the group had an MVBCH membership form handy and Cindy signed up to become a new member on the spot! 



That time of the year is also a very important time for national championship basketball games and it just so happened the Zags were playing! Of course the group didn’t want to miss THAT, so Jill brought her generator, TV and “Dish Hitchhiker” antenna. She even brought along her portable fireplace so everyone could be warm and comfortable while watching the game! This was a fun 3 days!
Everyone enjoyed watching the Zags play!


The Ancient Lakes/Quincy Wildlife area is now managed by The Port of Quincy for public camping and riding. In June 2013, The Port of Quincy was approached by Dave Bishop to see if the Port would be interested in purchasing his property located on the cliffs above the Columbia River; it is bordered by lands owned by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Bureau of Reclamation, and The Bureau of Land Management. Over the years, Mr. Bishop allowed people to use his property to access the public use properties bordering his place for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding with some great vistas of the area. Dave was ready to “retire”, but did not want to sell to someone that would no longer permit use of the property for access to the public lands. He passionately believes the beauty of the area should be enjoyed by as many people as possible. 


**February 18, 2018: Updated information about camping on this property near Ancient Lakes: If you would like more information or reserve an opportunity to camp, please contact:

Sarah Hawes at 509-787-1320 (Tues/Wed/Thurs 1:00 — 6:00 PM).
 
The Port of Quincy manages the Bishop Recreational Area on the property. Additional details about the area can be found by clicking here.   


1 comment:

  1. **February 18, 2018: Updated information about camping on this property near Ancient Lakes: If you would like more information or reserve an opportunity to camp, please contact:

    Sarah Hawes at 509-787-1320 (Tues/Wed/Thurs 1:00 — 6:00 PM).

    The Port of Quincy manages the Bishop Recreational Area on the property.

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