Max and I did some rough counting tonight and we came up with an estimated 30 (!!) gates on this ride. Those of you who have ridden the Grizzly Mtn Ride know how it is to get on and off your horses all day long opening and closing gates. The Crooked River National Grasslands is a heavily grazed public lands, so these fences and gates are a way of life out here.
Many many thanks goes to Sara Miller for getting us in touch with Lisa Mathis. Lisa is a Boy Scout Leader who has pledged her Troop’s help for the Grizzly Mtn Ride!
Lisa and her Boy Scout Troop for offering their services at the most critical gate crossings.
That means, dear riders, prepare to open your wallets and donate generously to this Troop of kids who are giving up a Saturday to help us out! We’ll have a donation jar at the Registration desk, and at the Ride Meeting.
As I get more information about Lisa’s troop, I’ll pass it on.
We have a final Grizzly Mtn Ride flier to share. We’ve also finalized our ribbon colors. I’m not going to publish a map until we get final approval from the USFS, but we’re making good headway!
These are the ribbon combinations we’ll be using:
Anytime you see a Caution ribbon tied with your loop ribbon, that will indicate a turn coming up. A Caution ribbon by itself will indicate you should TAKE CAUTION! This might mean a hole or other trail hazard you should pay attention to!
You might be asking yourself, “Why don’t they use three ribbons to mark a turn?” We don’t use three ribbons to mark a turn because there is some common trail out there and we are in sagebrush country. To see nothing but a wad of ribbons in the sagebrush is confusing! The trails will be marked well enough that the ribbons shouldn’t be confused ever. Common trails will be marked with ribbons that can’t be confused for one another.
That’s all for now!
Darlene & Max