Saturday, March 26, 2016

Trail Ride at Palo Pinto Mountains State Park

There is a new State Park being developed about 40 miles to the Southwest of us in the community of Strawn. It isn't open yet but they are already hosting a few events such as star gazing and trail rides.

I had learned about the trail rides last year from my farrier and called about them. I learned that the ride was limited to 60 riders then you went on a waiting list. The first opportunity I had to try to go was last Spring. The first ride was scheduled in April. It got rained out. It was rescheduled for May. That was the month that our drought was ended and it rained nearly every day! The next shot was a fall ride in October. It too got rained out!

I received an email from this group that organizes the rides in February for a planned ride March 19th. I didn't respond right away and when I did the ride was full! I was torn as March is such an unpredictable weather month. It can be hot or it can be cold and snowing!

Then the first part of March Doyle gets an email from the Sheriff's Posse of which he is a member. They were doing their spring trail ride that same weekend at the same place! AWESOME!

We wanted to saddle up after we arrived.

Mounted and ready to ride.

I love how the sun shining on Fancy's hair looks like a shiny copper penny!

And we're off. Diamond and Fancy wanted to be at the front of the line. We had about 30 riders. We had a cold front blow through which may have contributed to smaller numbers. It was 39 that morning. The ride was at 2 pm but it was still cool enough for a coat with the wind blowing.

Pretty view!

Going up!

View from the top and the rest of the riders coming up.

Such a pretty view. The picture doesn't really do it justice.

Fancy was not cooperating!

I just love this picture!

Our leaders.

Sure is a pretty Appaloosa I'm riding behind.

Almost back to where we started and Fancy has eased herself right behind the leader!

After the ride we load up and head down the road to one of the Posse member's place for hamburgers!

It was a great ride. It was fun to have Doyle along too! I also met a new friend. Another woman about  my age who also loves to ride. We have already made a date to ride Good Friday.

Have a good one!


  1. How awesome that there's going to be a new state park and looks like you had a wonderful day for the ride!

    1. Thanks Sandy! It was a good day even though it was a bit cool!