Springing Toward Summer

Saddles on our porch: I rode the one on the left from Atlantic to Pacific oceans and the one on the right from here in western North Carolina to Idaho

Happy Easter Sunday to you. The leaves are darkening up, the mules are getting shiny and Snookie is panting in the dirt under the back porch. My wife Julia just posted a beautiful essay on spring moving ahead toward summer here up the Shoebox Canyon. Read the full story, with… Continue reading

Weekend Plans

Want to attend a Dog Hair Cutting Festival with my wife Julia and me this weekend? How about a Mule Ride. You might get a good one. You may not. Fun like Russian roulette!

Hey, how about a ride on a humpbacked mule. Nice! (Skye Pincock Evans photo)

You can tell Julia and I have a little too much time on our hands this weekend. She wrote an invitation to our neighbor P to join us for any or none… Continue reading

Steve Edwards and I Talk Mule Rambling, Saddles and Hoof Boots

Steve Edwards and I talk mules saddles, hoof boots and forage on the hoof (Click on the photo to stream the video).

Had a great online chat today with Steve Edwards about some of my long distance rides. Steve is the owner of Queen Valley Mule Ranch. In addition to be being a great saddle maker (I used one of his saddles on my latest mule voyage) he sure knows his mule. A few of the topics we… Continue reading

Buck and Smile

Buck. And. Smile! (Leatherwood / Ferguson, NC) (photo by Skye Pincock Evans)

Sometimes, life throws a little buck your way. The best reaction is to stay balanced and grin. The photo above is of Brick sneaking in a little heels-up action at last week’s Ty Evan’s clinic at Leatherwood in Ferguson, NC. She did great and we learned a lot. I guess she’s recovered from her 2,300 mile walk from our farm in western North Carolina to Idaho.

Great big… Continue reading

A Year and Change Ago After Riding in to Triumph: The Book is Coming

Heading toward Brandenburg, Kentucky with Cracker and Brick. (Sue Waddell photo) Sign up for the newsletter to get a heads up when the books comes out.

About a year and a half ago, I finished riding mules Brick and Cracker from North Carolina to Idaho. I’m now about 98% through the first draft of the book about that trek.

A bit over a year and half ago, the snow jammed between my saddle horn and zipper flew free as I… Continue reading

Slushy Sunday Shadow

Pie cozying down in her shelter. That’s Cracker’s looming shadow.

Howdy Sunday. Julia and I woke to a light snowfall this morning. By noon, temps were in the mid-forties and it was all melting away. Here are few pics I thought you’d enjoy.

The morning as it started. This is the view off our front porch, over the hay pasture where the horses graze. It’s too wet to turn them out today but tomorrow they’ll get a few hours’ turnout.… Continue reading

Queen Valley Mule Ranch Saddle Review

The first one I bought was stolen. The second one I rode 2,200 miles from North Carolina to Idaho. No, I’m not talking about my mule. I’m talking about my Queen Valley Ranch mule saddle.

My Queen Valley Mule Ranch saddle on Cracker after traveling 1,400 miles from Lenoir, North Carolina to Hyannis, Nebraska. It would travel another 800 miles to Idaho for a total of 2,200 miles on the road.

In this post I’m going to give you an… Continue reading

Blondes

My blonde dream

My borrowed look for the day. I’m thinking of growing my beard out to match.

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