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Death Valley Encounter Pre Ride Stuff

The drive down was actually quite nice.  Hwy 395 was open with no controls for more than a day before I left.  It was still 22 degrees when I pulled out on Christmas day….tho sunny and warming up nicely.  I left a day earlier than I originally planned so that I could get ahead of the incoming storm. .

It was okay though, Annie invited me to have Christmas dinner with them at Jackie

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What GPS should I use? Part 1

I get asked that question a lot.  I’ve been using GPS’s for more than a decade now and have used several different models.  I’ve written articles about using GPS’s for various publications.  For starters on this topic, I’m going to copy and paste a previous article that I wrote about using a GPS.  Keep in mind that this is now several years old.  However, the basics still apply and are useful to know.

In

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Winter hoof care at 5000′

It’s interesting keeping barefoot horses this time of year at my place.  The footing can change completely in a matter of hours from being really nice, to being muddy, to being snow and then to an ice rink….tho most often it is somewhat of a combination of all of those things.

Which can make it really difficult on bare hooves.  I remember years ago, okay maybe it was decades already….and pulling shoes on my

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New Blog Updates & AERC Decade Team Updates

My blog has been having some problems due in part to the hosting provider.  They have also made some suggestions which I have implemented.  I’ll see if there is something else I can do to speed things up and get things to load faster.

In the right hand column I recently added some page stats.

Google Analytics shows how many unique visitors I’ve had in the lastmonth.

Just below that, you’ll see a number

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Ride Report & Photos from the Death Valley Warmup @ Coso Junction Ride, December 2010

We definitely lucked out with great weather for the ride.  I think it might have been a little bit too nice – the warm weather made it a lot harder on my winter coated horses.  This was one of those rides where several lessons were reinforced, not just to me but to others.  All turned out well in the end – we were lucky!

When I got to camp on Thursday the only other

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Show me the Pleiades please!

Photo by Dave Chaton and was taken in December, 2010 from The South Side of the Sky Observatory.

M45, The Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters, is one of the closest star cluster to the earth and is easily visible to the unaided eye in the winter sky. The cluster is dominated by hot blue and extremely luminous stars that have formed within the last 100 million years. Dust that forms a faint reflection

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Endurance Rider Education

This article was written by AERC member Terre O’Brennan, and is reprinted here with permission.

­What’s in a Name?

AERC, like every other National Endurance organization in the world, defines Endurance as ‘an event of 50 miles (80 km) or more’. Riders who participate in shorter rides may feel that this definition is an affront to them, since it differentiates the events they participate in from “Endurance”. They belong to Endurance organizations, and attend

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Whoops – forgot something!

Ever have that happen?  You know, when you realize that you forgot to do something, and now…it’s too late?

I got down to the Death Valley Warmup ride and was preparing to pack my crewbag on Friday for the out lunch check for Chief on Saturday.

No big deal, right?  Ha!  I wish!

I have gotten to where I am really pretty good about cleaning stuff up before heading home from each ride.

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2011 Ride Season Goals & Looking for Backup 2011 XP Horse

Death Valley Encounter, 2010 Ride Season. Photo by Lynne Glazer.

Holy moly – it’s already time again to plan for the upcoming ride season – which, coincidentally started on December 1.  I am really looking forward to this ride season because I believe it will be one of the more historical ones.

My first ride of the season is this coming weekend at the Death Valley Warmup Ride.  I hope to ride both

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Astro Photography: The Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946)

The Fireworks Galaxy. Photo by Dave Chaton

This is Dave’s newest photo – started a month ago on October 28th, and the most recent photo taken last night! It was taken over a period of just over a month (due to cloudy skies and moon filled nights). It is a stack of twenty 30-minute exposures for a total of ten hours.

The Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946) is a faint but relatively close by

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