HAPPY TRAILS BLOG

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Feeding Horses...


This morning we woke up to a storm warning, high winds and the chill of winter.  The termperature has already dropped over ten degrees since lunchtime.  Not that we ever really get winter in southern New Mexico, but we like to think we get cold...those of us who have lived in the midwest (Michigan) remember the icy winds and REAL cold and snow, but I'm trying to block that out of my memory!




A few months ago I photographed wild horses near Chama, NM at  the Monero Mustang Sanctuary.  The sanctuary depends on donations for hay purchases.  They really DO get cold near the Colorado/New Mexico border and very deep snow.  Sandi Claypool and her group are in need of monetary donations to keep these horses fat and sassy right into spring...

Please keep them and the horses in mind in the days to come.  You can view their website and beautiful horses here Monero Mustang Sanctuary ~ they are keeping a part of our culture alive by preserving these magnificent horses.

I also have a gallery of Monero horse photos at My website.  All proceeds from sales of prints and photo merchandise go directly to the sanctuary to purchase much needed winter supplies for these horses. 

Donating would be a great holiday gift to yourself...kind of makes you feel warm all over.

Blessings, Linda

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Eyes Have It...


I had the privilege of taking photos of a pretty magnificent guy, Flight Leader, recently and he just had a presence about him that kept my eyes glued. Naturally, he was showing off at the time and that made it all the more fun to watch! Even his name projects intensity and power.

But it was his eyes...they just danced...like he knew exactly who he was and why he was so special.
The truth is, he does know and that is exactly why he had such an air about him. Sassy, dancing, loving, compassionate eyes...and a little devious too!

Today I thought I'd share that "look". It's what little girls who love horses dream of.

It's not something you soon forget.

Blessings, Linda

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I Met Him in Korea...


I met him the first evening I arrived at Kunsan Air Base, Korea. It was January, I was freezing, having just walked knee deep through the snow (in dress blue uniform and high heels, no less) to get to my new barracks room. It had just been a 15 hour flight from California to Korea so I wasn't necessarily in my best mood. He was sitting at the club with his boss...actually, our boss, since I was now assigned to the maintenance branch too. On top of everything else, I looked horrible.

Things didn't get much better for a couple months. I was in charge of the equipment status report for the maintenance branch we were assigned to. We had multiple arguments over equipment reports (he obviously didn't understand how complicated my job was.) I was just as capable of determining if a motor generator was broken or not, after all, I was a mechanic too...but since I was a woman, and it was 1981, I was put in the administrative section, in the offices. Yuk...

Then there was the day we had a "we've gone to war" exercise...I was trying to get into all four hundred pounds of my chemical gear. That included wearing a gas mask and that meant no coffee, which also put me back in "not my best mood." He said he had a solution, and that I could drink coffee through my gas mask tube! Eureka! Coffee salvation! What happened next must be imagined to get the full effect...here I am, gas mask over my head, holding a cup of coffee, sucking it up through a very small tube. Soon, it dawns on me that my mask is filling up and all you can see are my eyes, which are now changing from green to brown, due to the high level of coffee in the mask and I'm starting to drown...we got off to a great start!

I told him when we decided to get married that I would always have horses. He figured that meant we would go visit the horse every couple of weeks at the boarding stable.. eh....not so much.
We've been a team competing in endurance riding for over 20 years now. He's the pit crew, I'm the rider. He points me in the right direction to get down trail after about 20 miles when "rider retardation" sets in and I can't remember which way to go. He is known far and wide for his pit crew abilities and always makes sure everybody gets help if they need it. I love him for that too.

Today, I cherish every day with my best friend...my husband. We have so many wonderful memories of Korea and every place after that. We were blessed to raise a daughter together who is our life's joy. Most of all, we have made it through some very sad, tough times.
It's so comforting now to be able to see how it all worked out and know that God had His hand on our lives all along. We are truly blessed!

Happy Anniversary Jim! Can't believe it's been 28 years...here's to 28 more!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wil & Camille

Wil and Camille asked me to take their engagement photos.
I almost wasn't able to charge them for the session...there was no work at all involved.

We met for the session at the White Sands National Monument outside of Alamogordo.
Plants were in bloom, almost like they were waiting for the photos!

These guys were obviously happy and made my job so easy...

As you read this, remember to say a special prayer for our troops,
which includes these two...thank you both for your service.

I loved this wooden bench outside the monument buildings.

Many blessings to you both! Cannot wait for the wedding!

Until next time, Linda

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pink is My Favorite Color...

On Sunday, Amy, my Mom and I had the privilege to once again walk with my sister, Brenda (she's in the middle of the above photo) in the Komen Race for the Cure in Denver. Denver's event is one of the largest in the country and this year we had over 53,800 people walking and running! My lovely sister is a multiple-time (is that a word?) cancer survivor and we try to get to as many of the Denver walks as we can. Amy and Brenda made the classy pink fleece scarves you see around our necks...even the guys wore them!

This is a random photo taken as we were nearing Mile High Stadium during the walk. This many people keyed up towards a united cause is an awesome thing to witness. This year, together, we raised over $1,000,000 for cancer research and grants! I'm so proud of everyone!

This was one of our favorite "wigs" during the walk...all the pink accessories were so cute!

OK...I hid this photo in the middle on purpose! We had so much fun talking to these ladies! They were Mammographers from one of the local Denver hospitals. They were all dressed up as owls and the "boob" balloons were hysterical!

This is a view from the I-25 overpass as we were walking. Everyone was doing the "wave" from one end of the on ramp, over the overpass, and down onto the street below. It was terrific!

Can't you just feel all that energy!
Mothers walking with photos of their daughters lost to cancer. Men walking with pink signs on their backs supporting their best friends going through cancer...their wives. Children walking in memory of their mothers lost to this horrible disease.
Emotions ran the gamut from laughing and cheering along the route, to crying as you walked behind a father who just lost his daughter...

Bottom line, my sister has taught me how to LIVE. Every day, to the fullest.
I will forever be in her debt...

If we can help find a cure before next October's Race for the Cure in Denver, I can take
Brenda to the Broncos game instead...that's in my prayers, for sure!

Blessings, Linda

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Colorado

Amy and I are in Colorado for the Komen Race for the Cure!
Today is a down day (Komen walk is tomorrow) so we've been playing with the dogs,
and all of them love the frisbee~
I love the fall colors! They are just starting to turn for the season.

This is Tug, my sister Brenda's new rescue dog.
He's awesome and poses for each throw of the frisbee!


This is Snickers, Brenda's border collie. She is, of course, in charge of the frisbee!
Herding bred dogs are great, however, they expend energy at an unbelievable rate, rest for an hour or so and then go right back to running and chasing again.
In fact, our Australian Shepherd, Benson, who is here visiting with his "cousins" is
running so much I wasn't even able to get his picture today...