Saturday, July 7, 2007

California

I left Thursday for sunny Yreka, California. When I bought Maddy last Fall, I agreed to come back and help the Rockin Maddy Ranch with a promotional video for their equine tourism business. They do all sorts of equine adventures, from trail and beach rides, to pony parties. It is beautiful country down here.
Imagine sweeping vistas of conglomerate rock all within sight of majestic Mt. Shasta. It is very dry and hot but we are managing to get the video shot.
and squeeze in some trail rides. I worked in the morning shooting Maddy's dad, Smoken Now He is currently in training and we spent some time watching him work. Afterwards, Ray the trainer and his wife Betty offered to make us breakfast and we sat around and talked horses. It was like life at my house growing up. My mom was always at the stove and dad and his friends would come in a drink coffee and talk horses. It is funny what takes you back. In the afternoon, it clouded up and actually stormed. There were some amazing lightning strikes and many lost power. The big concern down here is fire from the strikes. We saw two small fires on our drive home from town.
The storm fizzled and we decided to get a group together and hit the trails.It was a beautiful ride. I shot lots of video of the group for the promotional DVD. So I am down here for the weekend working hard and playing hard which seems to be the Maddy motto.

5 comments:

Donna said...

I wish I had known about the Ranch last year, we rented a houseboat for a week on Lake Shasta and it would have been a wonderful way to spend a day. Next time...

Ishtar said...

What a beautiful place!!! Pity it's located so far from me, and that I don't have the opportunity to bring my horses there like you! Lol, I do envy you sometimes!!!

Beautiful pix by the way! Good luck with the video footage!!

Rising Rainbow said...

Wow, what a wonderful trip. Sounds like heaven to me.

How about some pics of Maddy's dad? He must be a looker, Maddy is such a nice horse!!

Jessica Foster said...

Cool pix!

photogchic said...

It really is amazing down there. It is hard to find photos in my camera that really do it justice. I really had a wonderful time and the Maddys are like family to me. It is nice to feel that way about the people you bought your horse from.