Tirzah and I went to help out with some pre-Tevis work yesterday. Since I'm not riding, nor crewing for anyone, this seemed like a nice thing to do. I also am volunteering at Foresthill on Ride Day, so I'm very excited about that.
I met up with Marc Van Zuuk early yesterday and was suppose to drive up with several other people, but I was the only one who showed up. Tirzah got to sit in the back seat of Marc's truck with his 13 year old un-neutered black lab. I really wanted to see the papers on this dog because he had like, 2 white hairs on his face. He was in incredible shape and if I had to pick an age on him, I would have said 5 years. All I can say is wowzie. He's only had the dog for 3 years as the previous owner passed away. Whoever bred this dog should breed more that live this long and look this great!
We first went to Robie Park to help un-fluff 52 bales of straw all over the staging/vet check & vendor area for the start of Tevis. Greg Kimler was there, who donates a TON of feed, water troughs & time, among other things for Tevis (& other rides), including all this straw. I suggested next year he bring a straw shooter, something like a potato thrower and we could just sit back and drink margaritas. He said that maybe he'd bring the straw shooter that also MADE margaritas!!!! I betcha more people would have shown up for that!! Funna funna!
After that Marc and I, doggies and another woman went to the 89 Crossing. We walked up the trail about 1 or so miles to cut downed trees that were laying across the trail. The Western States 100 Run was going on, though runners were way past us. It was HOT yesterday, in the lower elevations, so we kept talking about all the insane runners doing the canyons in way over 100 degree heat. And people think endurance riders are crazy!!!
A little downed tree getting cut up that lay across the trail. I wished someone had cut the downed tree that Aura bucked me off going over last weekend at Wild West.
Marc cut several smaller trees so Phyllis and I could move the sections off the trail. This was the last one we helped with for the day. Rather ginormous beast. Those Tevis riders should be so happy it won't be there for the ride! Makes things faster!!
In the meantime Phyllis took photos of Tirzah. I left my iPhone in the truck.
Phyllis and I then took the pieces and flung them off to the side, or rolled the big chunks off of the trail. My tiny contribution.
Big tree all done. Manly man! Marc & Driller pose with the tree. Black labs don't look good in shadows!
More posey Tirzah.
It was really fun to help, even though I felt I did more with de-fluffing straw bales. Tirzah had a BLAST and thought we should go hiking in Squaw Valley much more often. It was beautiful up there! Now, hopefully more trees won't fall down before now and Tevis. Can't. Wait. For. The. Ride!!!