Past LP TIMES
LIVE OAK HALLOWEEN PHOTOS
On the weekend of October 25th through October 27th, we held our annual
Fall Camp N Ride at Live Oak, Lake Cachuma. Everyone starting showing up
on Friday, setting up camp, checking in, and going for an afternoon ride.
We had a fabulous chicken dinner (thanks for volunteers who prepped,
cooked, served, and CLEANED UP). Our evening entertainment was DAVE STAMEY
who graciously accepted our request last year to play. Dave and his wife,
MELISSA, are Associate members of our unit and we were thrilled to have
them at the campout. Saturday morning, we awoke to a light continental
breakfast. Many of the members went out for rides after breakfast. For
those who stayed in camp and when they returned from riding, LAURIE WALLER
and another massage therapist was available to massage your aching muscles
– and OMG it was fabulous. I look forward to this every year. Laurie does
it for donations only and gives 50% back to the club. Early afternoon the
children starting cutting their pumpkins for the pumpkin contest. Thank
you again this year for donating pumpkins, MAUREEN REILLY. Barbeque fire
started, NANCY LEE, began preparations for her Dutch oven cooking and the
evening festivities began. Members showed up in costumes. I bet we had
over 60% of attendees participate in the costume fun. Start planning next
year’s so we can have 100% dressed. And of course again the kids did a
marvelous job with their costumes and dressing up their horses. Too CUTE!!
This year’s winners were for adults 1st place – Three Amigos; 2nd place –
Geisha Lady; 3rd place – Pirates. For the children 1st place – Jessica
Williams; 2nd place – Cameron Lewis (Gandolf); and 3rd place – Hope and
Jack Thornton (Mermaid and Knight). The pumpkin winners were skinface, cat
and scary mean face. This year for the silent auction we did something
different – we sold raffle tickets and people placed their tickets in
containers of the items they wanted. It was a huge success and we will do
this again next year. The live auction saw several items that were donated
and/or purchased by members and some very nice items brought in quite a
bit of money for the unit. Thank you ALL for sending those bids higher and
higher – the unit appreciates it. Our auctioneer for the evening who did a
GREAT job!!! was DAVE RIGOLI. After the auction, the Mighty Croon Dogs
per-formed and many many many people danced the night away. There were
several individual camp fires going and after dancing, some people
continued their parties well into the next morning. Such party animals!!!!
Sunday morning, we had a full breakfast – pancakes, sausages, bacon, eggs,
o.j., coffee, etc. If people went hungry this weekend, it was their own
fault as there was plenty to eat. After cleaning up and breaking down
camps, some went out for morning and early afternoon rides before heading
home. We had approximately 200 people attend this year. IT WAS A WONDERFUL
TIME!!!! THANK YOU AGAIN EVERYONE. This event could not happen without
your tremendous HELP!!! Attached are some photos of the evening.
More to come -
Nancy Kimmell Chaides – Education Chair
Did you know that the Backcountry
Horsemen organization was originally started in 1981 by packers in the
Westside Sierras, Little Kern California?
They wanted to form a horse related association that could meet
with the forest and park government agencies.
This group evolved to the present
form of Backcountry Horsemen.
The Los Padres Forest ranges from
the Carmel Valley in Monterey County and stretches South near Lake Piru in
Ventura County. It covers
nearly 220 miles in length and consists of about 2-million acres.
In the Southeast, near the Kern/Ventura county lines and within the
Chumash Wilderness, Mt. Pinos reaches 8831 feet.
In the Ventana Wilderness, South of Carmel Valley at Junipero Serra
Peak the elevation reaches about 5700 feet.
The entire forest provides many opportunities for vehicle access to
campgrounds and trails. In the backcountry/wilderness areas, any form of
mechanical intrusion, i.e.: chain saws, bicycles or any type of power
equipment is prohibited. Introduce
yourself to the “misery whip” a manual handheld cross cut saw.
The Los Padres Forest stretches
through the counties of Kern, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo
Always check with your local
Forest Ranger District prior to venturing into the forest and to check for
current regulations and restrictions. Get a map and check out the 10 local
wilderness areas. Ventana, Silver Peak, Santa Lucia, Garcia, Machesna, San
Rafael, Dick Smith, Chumash, Matilija and the Sespe.
GU / LNT principles and only leave foot or hoof prints.
We are instituting the Trail Boss program, I will be Trail Boss for
this ride. Three common sense rules are now in place for all rides,
1. Is your horse fit enough to make the ride?
2. If your horse fails for any reason, can you walk out? If your
answer to either of those is no, please do not come on the ride.
3. If a rider or a horse poses a danger to others, they may be asked
to leave the group."
You may have noticed that we did not have an August ride or work
party. The back hills have been a bit warm. I am planning a ride
to Point Sal on Saturday October 12, meet at the trailhead at
9:30, more later. I may have some very interesting news to share
with ya'll then.
So why no ride in September? Well, there are, multiple choices. The
California Mission Riders
are coming through our area. The
ride begins at San Miguel Mission on the 15th , heads to Rancho
Santa Margarita, then down to SLO to Cal Poly, on the 17th. In
the evening they and some of us will ride from Cal Poly down Grand
Avenue to Monterey and then to the mission. The next ride is
from Grand Avenue in Grover City to Oso Flaco (yep) then out to
the road, trailer up and go to the Dana Adobe. Then, Point Sal,
Vandenberg, La Purisma, Santa Ines, Rancho Oso over the hill to
Santa Barbara Mission. While they could not handle 50 BCH'ers
showing up, they can handle some.... so keep that in mind. More
discussion at the General Meeting on the 11th.
Also, the unit plans to enter both the Arroyo Grande Harvest
Festival Parade and ag pavilion with dutch oven cooking and mule
(actually, probably, Jeffers packing) I did a week in the Sierra
riding Ed the mule and packing Jeffers, no issues, well, actually,
one issue, but, Idonawannatalkaboutit. This is on September 28,
Also the Los Alamos Olden Days on the following day, parade and
more dutch oven cooking Someone elected me to trail boss both
parades, but, I would be supremely happy if someone took Los
Alamos away from me. For the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival
Parade, I will be in it, how about, Ellie, Rhea, Terry, Justin,
Cory, Kaye and more?! I will probably ride Ed and pack Jeff. We
will see who in the parade viewers notice things seem a little
And don't forget, General meeting at Rooster Creek in Arroyo
Grande on September 11
Under our State's new policy I must check membership from the