Sunday, February 27, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

One more day till Cracker...

The shower is up and running

Solar panel installed to (hopefully) keep the batteries charged

Oil is changed & tires are rotated
And...  Clothes are packed.

All that's left is to pack pony feed and the cooler.

Monday, February 7, 2011

New beginnings (sort of)

The same day we delivered Poca, I picked up my new horse, Ranger.  I say "sort of" because I have known Ranger since he was a colt.  His momma is KD's horse, Stylin.  At 2 years old, KD sold him to Chele.

Ranger (back then Ringer) and Stylin
Such a clown
Ranger on the left & Stylin on the right
Jenny on Ranger.  His first ride.
Chele loved Ranger, but due to family circumstances, she had to sell him.

I have worked with Ranger several times over the years.  At one point, he even came to our house for "summer camp."

Me on Ranger & Chele on Dawn at the Ravines
Ranger's adjusting well.  I was surprised how nice Rocky has been to him.  It only took a few days to incorporate him into the herd.

I am super excited about working with Ranger.  KD and Chele gave him a nice start.  I know he is going to make a fabulous trail horse, and who knows what else we will accomplish...

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

On the chopping block

I don't now if you've heard, but Florida is looking to shut the doors on several state parks.  I think this is sad.  Two weekends ago, Cory and I squeezed in an afternoon ride at Pumpkin Hill today. We were riding the purple loop when I spotted an eagle flying overhead with something in its grasp. We watched it land in a huge nest in a tree not far from us. We got very quiet and could hear babies. All of a sudden another eagle flew out of the nest and perched itself on a nearby tree to stand gaurd. It was such an awesome experience!

They moved the gazebo so you could observe them

State Parks on the Chopping Block

The Department of Environmental Protection offered this list of 53 state parks as potential closure targets to help Florida close its $3.6 billion budget gap.

  • Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park, Haines City
  • Atlantic Ridge Preserve State Park, Stuart
  • Big Shoals State Park, White Springs
  • Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park, Flagler Beach
  • Camp Helen State Park, Panama City Beach
  • Cedar Key State Museum State Park, Cedar Key
  • Colt Creek State Park, Lakeland
  • Constitution Convention Museum State Park, Port St. Joe
  • Crystal River Archaeological State Park, Crystal River
  • Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, Bushnell
  • Dagny Johsnon Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, Key Largo
  • Deer Lake State Park, Santa Rosa Beach
  • Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, Gainesville
  • Don Pedro Island State Park, Boca Grande
  • Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry
  • Dunn’s Creek State Park, Pomona
  • Estero Bay Preserve State Park, Estero
  • Fort Cooper State Park, Inverness
  • Fort George Island Cultural State Park, Jacksonville
  • Fort Mose Historic State Park, St. Augustine
  • John Gorrie Museum State Park, Apalachicola
  • Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, Ellentn
  • Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, Tallahassee
  • Lake June-in-Winter Scrub State Park, Sebring
  • Lake Talquin State Park, Tallahassee
  • Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park, Tallahassee
  • Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, Islamorada
  • Madison Blue Spring State Park, Lee
  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, Cross Creek
  • Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park, Woodville
  • Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Olustee
  • Orman House Historic State Park, Apalachicola
  • Paynes Creek Historic State Park, Bowling Green
  • Peacock Springs State Park, Luraville
  • Perdido Key State Park, Pensacola
  • Ponce de Leon Springs State Park, Ponce de Leon
  • Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park, Jacksonville
  • Rock Springs Run State Reserve, Sorrento
  • San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park, Alachua
  • San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park, St. Marks
  • Savannas Preserve State Park, Jensen Beach
  • St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park, Stuart
  • St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere
  • Suwannee River Wilderness Trail/Nature and Heritage Tourism Center, White Springs
  • Terra Ceia Preserve State Park, Palmetto
  • The Barnacle Historic State Park, Coconut Grove
  • Troy Spring State Park, Branford
  • Wacasassa Bay Preserve State Park, Cedar Key
  • Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Palm Coast
  • Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, Port Richey
  • Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, Islamorada
  • Ybor City Museum State Park, Tampa
  • Yellow River Marsh Preserve State Park, Holt
Additionally, three parks—Egmont Key, Three Rivers and Forest Capital—are proposed to be returned to their primary owners, whether or not those owners have the capacity to manage them for conservation and public access.

In the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Committee, members seemed concerned but not willing to simply remove these cuts from the table. One suggested these lands should be sold to put them back on county tax rolls. Another suggested enlisting cash-strapped local governments to manage them. A third suggested closing them “except on weekends.”

Contact your legislators and ask them to stand up for our State Parks.  Find your state legislators (you’ll need your zip+4) at:

You can help Audubon of Florida protect these parks by speaking up for them! Head over to the Florida’s Special Places Facebook Page and tell us how these parks are important to you, personally! We need you to speak up on behalf of your parks – let’s see if we can get support for each one.

Don’t have a Facebook Account? No problem! Email your Special Places nominee to Tell us how each of these threatened parks is important to you and your community. Florida’s public lands need your voice!
Forward the Audubon of Florida’s latest email to your friends, family and co-workers so they can stay up-to-date with the threat to our State Parks.

Saying goodbye


Some friends took Cory and me down to San Felasco for the first time. What a wonderful place to ride!

I had orginally planned to take Linc (still trying to get him ready for the Cracker Ride). However, Poca was begging to be rode, and I decided what the heck. After all, it was our last weekend together before taking her to her new home.

Heading out
Pit Stop
Nice pic taken by Jenny
HERE is a link to more pics.  If you've never been to SF, I highly recommend checking it out.  (FYI - It's on the chopping block by the state.  I just can't imagine why.  The place was hopping when we were there.)


Chele, Cory, and I delivered Poca to her new home in GA.  Her new mom is a senior in college studying to be an orchestra teacher.  Poca will be staying at her grandfather's place (60 acres).  She's got a cute, little barn and pasture all to herself.

Eating grass
Oh no, the trailer is leaving without me.
It was sad letting Poca go, but I really feel like she is a much better fit for this family.  Her new mom called me on Sunday to say how much they already love her.  Matter of fact, all the kids were riding her around the neighborhood already.