As it turned out, our last stop on the trail cratered on us, so at the very last minute I contacted the ag society in Vegreville and they graciously stepped up and gave us a place to stay for the night. Bless them! But when a town backs out, it is much more than just a place to stay that goes up in smoke! So do meals and a 3 to 5 hour trail ride … so what to do now?
The first order of business was to figure out where to send the riders for their trail ride. As it isn’t too far away, we sent the riders off to “The Blackfoot”. It is officially called “Cooking Lake – Blackfoot Grazing Wildlife Recreation Area” and it has miles and miles of groomed trails for riding (as well as trails groomed for non-motorized bikes and stuff). On this particular day they rode out of the staging area called “Blackfoot”. Tomorrow they will ride from “Waskahegan”.
The weather held. It was cool but comfortable, and it didn’t rain. Trails were muddy and a tad slippery, but the day went well and everybody came home safe and sound.
Our riders got back in the nick of time. They got their horses into the lovely box stalls in Vegreville Ag and the sky just opened up. Man, did it rain! And rain! And rain! At times we couldn’t hear ourselves talking in the tin roofed barn! But we were snug, so it didn’t matter. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Vegreville Ag! You saved our bacon, big time!
Have I told you about our in-house cook? Her name is actually Carole DeSchover, but she answers to “Cookie” as well, and she is a wonder. She’s an unending source of energy and optimism. We all love her to pieces. So Cookie stepped up as well. One can never complain when Carole is on the business end of a frying pan!
Because you can’t really have a bonfire inside a barn, we all turned in early so as to be fresh for Trail’s End weekend.
Next stop: Lamont Ag Society … and Trail’s End.