Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What A Difference......


Remember this? It's the view down my driveway in December. I posted it in the blog about watering the horses.

This is the after! Check out the time stamp. One minute after 11 PM! If it wasn't so cloudy right now it would be this light an hour later. The sun actually doesn't set in the same place each season. In the winter picture you can see the sun is shining from the south. In May the sun actually sets behind those mountains.

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I've been remiss in posting. It's not that there has been nothing to post about - I have been so busy with riding, Rally Days and the Colony Days Parade not to mention that I have three crews working now.

Colony Days celebrates the time when people moved to Alaska at the request of the government during the Dust Bowl time. It was 75 years ago that the colonists first came to Palmer. Colony Days is a three day celebration with a big farmer's market, a farm family of the year, bed races, rail hand cart races and lots of other things including a parade. This year there were 91 parade entries. Our 4-H club (Winner's Circle) decided that we wanted to participate. So I hauled the 24' flatbed trailer to Palmer and we decorated it. Then all the petting zoo animals rode on the float and the alpaca, donkey and horse walked behind it. The kids had a blast and they all want to do it again next year. Our position in the parade? 90. We were next to the last. But we staged close to the beginning of the parade and were able to see the entire thing!

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I was hoping that I would be able to post about a Guiness World Record attempt for the ACTHA ride. Unfortunately the person putting on the ride in Alaska bailed so there was no official ride here. We rode though and scored ourselves on the ride. Another 10 mile ride on mostly the same trail but counterclockwise on the loop instead of clockwise.

The weather here has been cloudy, rainy and COLD! We had fresh snow on the mountains yesterday morning.

Now I need to do some work in the office so I can go play some more.

4 comments:

  1. Glad you are doing more riding than posting - that's always a good thing.

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  2. Yay for riding! And wow. 90th position? That was a huge parade! Was anybody left to watch it pass by? lol!

    Cool before and after photos of the seasons. Our sun is the same here, too. Usually it sets more southwest during the winter, but in the summer it sets more northwest. I always know when it's summer because the sun shines directly into our bathrooms in the afternoon, and they are located at the back of our house. We get no sunshine in there all winter long.

    I'm sorry to hear the ACTHA ride went bust. W're the people setting it up from a horse rescue?
    The ACTHA rides are such a huge source of potential income/donations for the horse rescue I volunteer for, that the ride would never be canceled. And now that we've hosted 4 ACTHA rides, the words out and they just keep getting bigger and bigger, that we had to cap the number of riders at 75 or it might get too unmanageable and unsafe.

    ~Lisa

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  3. Ohhh, I love to ride in a parade! Mainly because when I was a little kid, that was the one and only place I got to see Real Live Horses up close. :)

    Glad you're having fun while it's daylight! What was the Guinness Record going to be for?

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