Friday, February 11, 2011

Almost Fit to Ride

Upward Bow - One Legged!

Well I'm getting better, there's no doubt about that.  But I'm still not 100% and I'm thinking I'm just going  to have get riding and keep searching for whatever it is that I need to be completely "over it".  As you can see, I'm flexible strong, and fairly healthy.  It's just this niggling pain right at my piriformis muscle.  Ouch.  This pose and others don't seems to irritate the thing in the least.  Gradually over the past month, I have daily improvement, but I don't think hanging around here any longer is going to help.

Southern California - here I come!  I plan to stay and visit with generous folks in San Diego, Pasadena, and Venice Beach.  Also hoping to meet up with my yoga teacher  - Shiva Rea.

I'm planning to visit NORCO, an equestrian community west of LA.  I hear they have many miles of trails in their little town (10 miles square).  I've been invited to ride with the "Saddle Sore" riding club, and I can't wait to meet a whole new group of friends.

Also, I finally decided to throw my hat in the ring.  I submitted an application to audition for the American Competitive Trail Horse Association's "America's Favorite Trailhorse" competition.  100 riders from all over the US will be selected from Auditions on Horseback.  Winners will be allowed to compete in the finals, and there is money to be made!  And possible TV reality stuff - whatever.

Don't you think Maggie could win?  She is the Bomb!

Northerly Magdalena (Maggie)
Warming up in Colorado

So Patty and I continue to hang out and enjoy each other's company for a few more days.  We've had a great time together over the past month - cooked some great food, baked bread, ate chocolate, drank champagne, did a lot of yoga, and fasted on wonderful fresh juices.  (Not all at the same time though).  I'll be forever grateful for her wonderful hospitality and friendship.
Good Bread Fresh from the oven.
Johnny Depp in Alice in Wonderland on the screen.
Always a good time at Patty's place.