I am happy to report that I am getting better every day! I can now get about without the help of a cane and I look relatively normal going up and down the stairs. My head still has a sore spot and I’m still having difficulties with anything involving twisting (like rolling over in bed!) but I am feeling optimistic about being ready to resume the ride early next week. Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement, for sending healing energy and for letting me know that you care! Here are photos from a week ago when I’d gotten out of the truck after over two hours and I couldn’t walk at all: office chair as “wheel” chair and the lovely Belle, my “nurse dog”.
That was only a week ago! The past 4 days I have spent back in Cedar Park, following the example of Sarah the Cat, curled up in a soft place, being quiet and allowing my body to heal as quickly as it can. There are times when being ignored is the best gift of all. Here is a glimpse of Sunday:
the sun is shining today
through clouds like vast boiling pewter
all the deer of Cedar Park
have fled the encroaching homogenous housing developments
to take refuge on the last 80 acres of the old ranch
somehow they don’t starve…
Over the holidays I was contacted by a couple just starting out on a much longer ride than my own. Their names are Anna and Gilles and they’re currently in Argentina, planning to circle the globe on horseback (with their dog) and raising money and awareness for Doctors without Borders/Medicine Sans Frontiers. You can find their blog at: www.TheGreatHorseTrip.com and read about the challenges of a long ride starting in South America. My favorite story concerned their discovery that two of the mares they’d purchased turned out to be pregnant, delaying their trip by many months until the foals were safely delivered and weaned. I’m really hoping to meet these folks when they do the US part of their Journey!
Another quick note is that I managed to figure out how to load video to the facebook page and put up two early clips of Gryph and Jesse and the silks. It was the first time I’d attempted to shoot video and that’s really obvious but I thought you might like to see a bit of the beginning stages of the process. I also had the idea that the facebook page would be a place where people could share photos they’ve taken of the Journey. It’s a bit tricky to get photos into the blog that are taken with other people’s cameras and so I thought this might be a solution. If anybody has such photos and would be willing to give that a try I’d be really appreciative – let’s see if this can work!