Monday, October 22, 2018

October Update -- North Summit Horse Campgound

Finished fence East of main entrance gate
Great things are being done at the North Summit Horse Campground (NSHC) these days as we try to get as much as possible done before the snow falls! Check out the "North Summit Horse Campground" link on the left side of our blog and learn all about it!

2018 Big Valley Ride

On Wednesday the 10th Dick and Lainie fixed the group blueberry pancakes and bacon before they loaded up and moved their rigs to the Big Valley trailhead. They rode the 6-mile loop, once again on the Community Trails, and had lunch at Tina Heath's beautiful picnic area by the Methow River. Tina had given them permission to enjoy her relaxing spot.
It was a fun 3-day ride with members and friends. The Mazama area was so vibrant with fall colors! They had a great group total of 13 riders, some of whom camped out together and some of whom joined the campers for day rides only.
Group photo of the Big Valley riders!
On the trail enjoying the beautiful colors
A stop at the Methow River
Lunch time beside the river!
On the way back to the rigs
Hate to see this beautiful day end!

2018 Cutthroat Lake/Pass Ride (well, not exactly!)

Julie, Mark, Betty, Lainie, Dick, Cathy and Jackie ride from Goat Creek Sno Park to Shaffer Meadow up Jack's Trail

Well, not exactly the Cutthroat Lake/Pass ride this year is right! After the rainy but fun Latte ride the day before, the riders had moved their rigs up to the Goat Creek Sno-park to camp. When they arrived at their camp site, members Dick and Lainie Smithson from Peshastin joined the group and all had a hamburger cookout for dinner. Due to the rain earlier in the day, a campfire was enjoyed as well. The next day on October 9th, the group had a change of plans due to the new snow line that had showed up overnight at about the Cutthroat Pass elevation! They decided to ride at a lower altitude than Cutthroat so they rode from Goat Creek towards the Mazama Freestone Inn and then went up Jack's Loop Trail to Shaffer Meadow before heading back to their Goat Creek camp. In all, it was about a 10 mile ride. Everyone contributed to a pot luck dinner back in camp, and were even able to have another campfire, which everyone appreciated! 
Shaffer Meadow
On the ride...
Relaxing in camp

The 2018 Latte Ride

On Monday October 8th the rain didn't stop riders from enjoying the Latte Ride from Brown's Farm (7 miles west of Winthrop) to the Mazama Store for their Lattes. Some brought their own lunch and others in the group had lunch from the Store. The rain had pretty much stopped by noon, but all riders had rain slickers so were still comfortable. Driving up and meeting the riders for lunch was Ann Port, Donna Kemper, and Fran White. The ride back to their rigs was on the Community Trail which included crossing a suspension bridge; in all, the 10-mile ride was enjoyed by everyone!  
"Hey! Where are our Lattes?"
Mark Brantner, Betty Wagoner, Julie Johnson, MaryPat Bauman, Kay MacCready, Cathy Upper, Jackie Iddings, and non-member riders Terry and Felicity head back to their rigs.