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[RC] Warrior's Water Hunt - nina bomar

The ride yesterday was surely a gift from the Gods and a reminder that the finest beauty is simply found in nature.  There were HUGE waterfalls, rushing streams that meandered through the canyons and brilliant wild flowers that came in all shapes, colors and sizes.  The single track trail was dramatic with drop-offs that took my breath away.   Spider was a champ and a good sport about carrying me through another 50 mile adventure.  It was a very challenging course that consisted of endless climbs that seemingly took us to the top of the world.  The weather couldn't have been better too. 
The ride was hosted by Vicki Greene at her mountain top retreat that sits smack dab in the center of Sunland, CA.  What a piece of paradise they have and their house is equally charming.  It was a very low key event with only about 35 riders, but included all the amenities of the fancy big rides.  They served a smorgasbord of sandwiches, muffins, drinks and snack foods at the vet checks.  Can you imagine they advertised this event as the bare bones minimum on your own style kind of ride.... I don't think endurance riders know what that is anymore!  The horses were offered lots of yummy bran, hay and carrots so they never went hungry either.  My guy ate so much homegrown grass out on the trail during the second loop, I think we cleared the trail for the few folks that were behind us. 
Unfortunately at the very end we made a right turn and took the scenic route around a lake and through the soccer park.  With only a few minutes to spare, we figured out our mistake and got back on course arriving at the finish line with 15 minutes to spare...........whew that was a close one!  Back at camp they had a live country band that played while everyone partied.  I could hear a few splashes in the pool and lots of laughter.  Spider and I left early as it was a short drive home and I was dreaming of a hot bath to soothe my aching body!
Anyone wishing to see some of the most spectacular wilderness areas in So Cal should try this ride.  The course is truly primitive and reminded me of Tevis on the second loop.  The Greene's are very generous for opening up their home and sharing all their amenities with guests and riders.  The proceeds from this ride are all donated to a camp for families with children who have cancer "Camp Good Times" and that in itself tells you about the big heart and generosity that  these folks have.  A great ride and for a good cause... Blessings to all who may have benefited from it.  Nina Bomar