Jun 12, 2010
well its hot down south this time of year ,but so what just have to make the best of it, so off we go . there is a ride every year about this time over in the sandhills (as we call it) so my friend bernie (river earth.com) and i decided to drive our mules the 23 miles to get there.this was going to be an exciting trip because we had gotten premission to go and see how an army air field works. so off we go making a pitstop at the local store on the corner for a few supplies then off to camp mackall army air field man what a treat.as we arrived my friend bill said come on up and see how things work around here.just think two mule skinners learning how to keep up with aircraft flying around, but we soon learned a lot goes on up in that control tower such as monitoring the weather and keeping up with aircraft in the air and on the ground,arnt yaw glad they didnt turn this job over to us mule skinners.well after about a 3 hour tour time to move on ,as we headed out the back gate there was a creek across the road so here we go splash then on to the field trail barn where the ride was going to be the next day, well we made camp about dark . we had two days of great riding then it was off toward home .on sunday morning my friend lindsay said i want to sadle along side you guys home so we said come on love to have ya. well off we go about 5 miles down the road we made a stop at a store for a rest then across the big road to more dirt roads ,boy was it getting hot about 90 or so we had picked a different route back but still going through camp mackall .we had to stop and take a break so it was a must that we stop and see the train to nowhere you see we call it the train to nowhere because it just dosnt go anywhere the army had put the train in the woods for training.well down the trail we headed as we got closer to my farm the road got narrow and winding then there it was the last hill in hoke county home that is ,or out rider said man am i glad to see that place ,hats off to the lady she had made it 24 miles home.
Jan 6, 2010
well off to a new year with wagon trip .we left out on new years day with a cold artic blast soon to come .my friend mike mathews his two kids and wife had come to make the trip with us ,also jimmy dozier with his two big paint draft horses came along.as we headed out the weather began to change it was getting colder by the minute ,down the road about 6 miles we hit the dirt roads on the state land ,so we decided to take a little break ,i asked mikes daughter(cameron mathews) are you cold do you want to ride in the wagon no way she replied i want to ride my horse .so off we headed to the hunter camp ,we arrived at four o clock just right for setting up camp .mike and jimmy had left there trailers over there that morning so i parked my wagon next to mikes trailer and pulled out my tarp ,man was the wind blowing now and very cold.first on the list get a fire going and cook something to eat and that we did .after a good meal we broke out the dutch oven and cooked a blueberry cobbler and hoe cake(bread made from flour)man was it good.well of to sleep time to try my new wood stove out man did it work great my wagon stayed warm all nite .well the next day the tempature would not get above 32 so off we went for a ride .that morning we had put the cover on mikes wagon and put a propane heater in the back for the kids although cameron refused to ride in the wagon she would ride her horse she replied.when we got back to camp it was about 25 and the wind whiping so of to the store to get something to eat this time .after going to bed that night the temperature droped to 15 ,but my wagon stayed about 75 all nite .well off toward home the next day cameron finally said i dont want to ride my horse today its to cold so in the wagon with her dad about 16 miles home .we had made it 3 day of the coldest weather we"ve had in years hats off to the little lady for being tough as nails just 6 years old what a gal .hope to see ya on the next trip kenny tyndall (lasthillmulefarm)