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Camp out

Camp out
​July 3 and 4. The fourth of July weekend can be such a nuisance, so many people, so much noise, so on impulse, we hustled to the grocery store, loaded up the horses and headed up over Galena Summit to the Stanley Basin once again. There were plenty of people camping here and there, but here in Idaho there are so many single camp sites, and sure en...
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A Little Adventure

A Little Adventure
​Wednesday, July 1 We arrived at a place that I can't even tell you where it was because it doesn't have a name. We parked near a single campsite on the east side of Highway 75 about half way between Billy's Bridge and Phantom Hill. Wide open spaces, forests thick with aspen trees, beautiful green meadows sprinkled with wild flowers called to us fr...
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Hot Summer Day

Hot Summer Day
June 28, Sunday 8:00 AM and already it was very warm. My phone buzzed as I was watching my Sunday morning program. It was Carol inviting me to go ride before the heat really kicked in. We settled on Eagle Creek, where we'd had our first ride with Commotion and all that angst with the water crossing. We wriggled the trailer into a parking slot amids...
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Big Basin

Big Basin
​June 23 Big Basin. Aptly named. The last mile of road before you get to the trail head is a skinny twisty road, one lane only, with a steep high drop off on the right. It's a little intimidating because heaven forbid you should run into a horse trailer coming the other way. Turning around to park is another challenge, with a four horse trailer loa...
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Vicki Wisher
Hi Lisa, I just want to tell you how much I am enjoying your journey with Commotion V. It really makes for good reading and the go... Read More
Thursday, 26 January 2017 19:15
Lisa Thompson
Thank you Vicki, I'm glad to get your note and happy you are enjoying the adventure!
Friday, 27 January 2017 05:01
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Chemeketan

Chemeketan
June 21 The temperature at Smiley Creek, where we were headed, was 34 degrees. It was only 8:00AM but I knew it would take some time to gas up the truck and get ourselves up there. By the time we saddled the horses, near Chemeketan campground, it was almost 10:00 and 50 degrees. No wind. Perfect. Quiet. Peaceful. My main objection of the day was to...
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Enriqueta Velarde
Dear Lisa, I just love to read your blogs. When I see a new blog from you comming out I can´t wait to read it. They are so full of... Read More
Saturday, 21 January 2017 17:01
Lisa Thompson
Thank you Enriqueta. It is pretty up here, and the second best thing to riding out in the country is to relive it by writing about... Read More
Thursday, 26 January 2017 07:02
Carolyn Johnson
I hope to get to know Commotion (now "Mo") by reading all of your wonderful adventures with him! I consider it very special that ... Read More
Friday, 03 March 2017 15:31
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A Brand New Day

A Brand New Day
Don't you love it when your horse trots over to greet you when you walk in the gate? Armed with a new set of shoes, we were ready to get back out there. I tied Commotion and Roy to the trailer where we saddled them up. This was the first time I'd saddled him tied to the trailer, which is a different deal for a horse than cross ties. Sometimes they ...
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A Long Way to Go

A Long Way to Go
David backed the trailer into the open area at the trail head, insuring that we could get out when we left, and leaving plenty of room for anybody else that might show up at Eagle Creek. It was a beautiful Wednesday morning. Eagle creek is a great first ride for a young horse. It's a pretty boring road ride, but beautiful, and not very well known, ...
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Commotion V: In the Beginning

Commotion V: In the Beginning
Jaime handed me the reins and I reached up and stroked his long brown neck. His eyes were alert and bright. He looked at me straight. Little perfect ears pointing forward. "He's a little hotter than what you're used to" Sheila said. I raised my eyebrows to her. "His breeding is for the show ring, he's a trotting horse. His bloodline can be pretty h...
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Maureen Leaman
Hi Lisa, I loved reading your blogs, he sounds like a wonderful horse. Ok so Im curious was he your horse, or did you just get him... Read More
Saturday, 14 October 2017 12:51
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A Journey Begins

A Journey Begins
Seven degrees this morning. Looking out the window at the white landscape as the sun came up, I said to myself, "hey, I'm not the only one out there that can't ride all winter!" I don't have a toasty indoor arena, and I'm really not much into arena riding anyway. Sure, I sometimes like to work on precise skills and break things down to practice and...
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Early Memories of Bay-Abi

I helped my Dad farm our leased 160 acres with draft horses; now the Palouse is farmed with machines and the units are in two thousand acres. For years I made house calls in my Chevy with a black bag; now an emergency house call results in four EMTs, three firemen and two big rigs with flashing lights. I knew Sheila Varian when she had two Arabian ...
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