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This month we’ve included some sensible tips
for when you go riding on the trail … or, in fact, anywhere. The tip I’d
like to include is for riders to stay well-hydrated, especially on hot days.
This means drinking a lot of water.
you can’t necessarily count on finding a beautiful spring burbling out of the
side of a mountain along the trail, you’ll need to pack an adequate quantity
used to get bad headaches when I’d be riding, and did not realize why they
were happening. I kept aspirin in my saddlebags, and would take them around
though I would pack two, black plastic, army-style quart canteens, I had never
thought about taking more than a swig or two of water at one time. Then, one
day, I drank nearly the entire container of air-temperature (okay, warmish)
water. My headache was gone within fifteen minutes.
since then, I’ve been a water advocate.
is bad news for our friend here at RMR — Al. He’s 81 going on 82, and he hates
it when I look into his bloodshot eyes and say, “You need to drink some
very stubborn, and always says “No!” first.
20 years, when he comes over for dinner, I’ve insisted that he drink a large
glass of water. And I’m talking about iced, pure, well-water for Al, not
lukewarm water from canteens.
though experience has taught him that he will feel more energetic and wide awake
after he drinks it, rather than pooped-out and sleepy, his nature is to be
resistant! I’ll match him any day with an average five-year-old and prove who
is the most unyielding!
hot summer days remind me of how brutal the noonday sun can be on the wide, open
prairie, and how that fact was not accurately depicted in Ken Burns’
documentary about the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
all of the landscape scenes in that film were shot at sunrise or sunset, with
the long shadows and magical orange and rose colors upon the rivers, mountains
is not realism … for how long do these sunrises and
sunsets last? Not nearly as long as the sun during the day!
the documentary, I think some of those scenes should have been shot in midday,
when the shadows are so short, there are basically none at all. And the sun’s
light is stark and bright and hurts your eyes. And the heat can be merciless.
exhibit at the
exhibit depicts lifesized Corps of Discovery members, who are portaging the
falls and hauling a large and heavy dugout canoe up the steep bank of a bison
crossing. The men, who labor in the heat of the day, wear leather moccasins on
their feet as they pick their way past cactus which grows in abundance on the
eroded trail. The going is so tough, they have to replace the soles of their
moccasins every day or two.
hope you enjoy this year’s “Families & Horses” photos submitted by our
readers! Thanks to everyone for sending them in to us!
Keep your cameras handy, and take photos now of the kids in your life riding horses. Our annual “Kids & Horses” photo album is in our December issue, and the deadline is November 5.
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