Weekend Coffee Share; Equine Dentist, Hiking King Creek Fall Trail & Fig Harvest

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Imagine …how thankful you would be for great air-condition when the temperatures are in the three digits! LOL. I have been very thankful for that. Some ice coffee today maybe? We have another hot weekend ahead, with estimated temperatures ranging between 104-110 F.

We attempted to beat the heat by hiking to King Creek Fall, in Lassen Volcanic National Park, last weekend.

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It was nice and cool, with a high of 68 on the trail. One hour away, and 30 degrees cooler!

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I had done this hike before, and seen the waterfall, but not with this much water. That was a happy surprise!

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On the way back you can choose a short cut that follows King Creek. It’s a one way trail. You’re only allowed to hike it uphill. King Creek also had remarkably more water than the first time I did the hike. It was magnificent, and the scent of fresh water, combined with pine trees. So refreshing!

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I’ve been getting up around 4am every morning this week. That way I’ve done all the things I desire to do outside before the temperature reach 100. I’ve been working with my horses, and my garden, before going to my new part time job (that I told you about last weekend, taking care of horses at a nearby estate.) I still love my new job. The horses are getting to know me, and I them. 

Fancy saw our barefoot trimmer on Tuesday. Her hooves are starting to look better, compared to a couple months ago. Later that very same day, a well known equine dentist came to my new job, and we trailered Fancy there, to have her teeth done. She’s been really pampered this week. Her teeth had some sharp hooks, that got taken cared of. Now her teeth are even, and in great shape. That is definitely going to help her overall health. The biggest shock was seeing her tongue. I knew that the story I got about her wasn’t 100% true. I also knew that she had been worked hard as a cutting horse. The shock was that she at some point, a couple years ago, almost had her tongue completely cut off, likely from a bit. It is well healed now, but the dentist had not seen anything like it. Her tongue is shaped like an hour-glass, very thin in the middle, with a horrible, twisted scar. She definitely did not see a veterinarian when the accident happened. I have seen something almost identical, on Trigger, that I bought 3 miles from where I got Fancy. . I’m still in a little bit of a shock, but so grateful that Fancy walked into our life. Poor girl’s been through so much. It’s rather peaceful in the pasture now, not too much bossing around from Ghost (my other horse.) They both seem happy. I’m working my way around Ghost slowly, but surely. I did try the dressage saddle on Fancy, like I wrote about a couple weekends ago. It fits her perfectly 🙂 She seemed very happy when I rode her in it. I doubt that she has any previous experience as an English riding horse. My dressage saddle is about 50 lbs lighter than my ranch saddle, she appreciated that! 

The garden is growing like crazy. We’ve been eating, and giving away a lot of squash. The cherry tomatoes are close to ripe. The corn is higher than me, I’m 5’10. Both of the mature fig trees; LSU Purple Fig (25+ft) had their first ripe figs yesterday, that we could reach with a 10ft ladder, that is. I still see new baby figs coming every day, so that harvest season is going to be long. There’s a lot of figs higher up, out of reach, that have an amazing deep purple color. I’m debating wether to get a higher ladder, or donate them to the birds. I believe the birds are going to be the lucky ones. The LSU Purple Fig is a highly productive tree, resistant to pests, and fast growing. They start to bear fruit as 1-2 year old. Which is super fast for a fruit tree. With most fruit trees you have to wait 3-5 year before your first harvest. As you may have guessed, these are the fig trees we used for our experiment this spring. The baby fig trees are doing amazing, and I believe it is realistic to think that I may see some fruit next summer, or at the latest the summer of 2020. LSU Purple Fig is an excellent choice for your container garden. That’s where my baby fig trees is destined to live. 

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The figs are so juicy. My daughter started eating before climbing down. I’ve lost count on how many I’ve had. The first fruit/vegetables of any harvest is so special. It almost feels like a holy moment.

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How was your week? Any fun plans for the weekend? Thank you for having some ice coffee with me. Care for some more coffee? Eat figs to your hearts content. I’m going to stay right here in the shade, under the fig tree, sipping my cold magical brew. Feel free to join the Weekend Coffee Share with your own post.

Have an amazing weekend!

Love,

Ms Zen

37 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share; Equine Dentist, Hiking King Creek Fall Trail & Fig Harvest

  1. I love the energy around waterfalls, these must have been awesome!
    So sad to read about Fancy’s misfortune. Human cruelty knows no bounds – how cold a heart who could do such a thing. Makes me furious!
    Hope you find some nice respite this weekend from the heat, a dip in a cool river, perhaps?

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    1. The fall was awesome, and the serenity of the surrounding, cool forest was wonderful as well.

      Animal cruelty makes me insanely mad. Fancy has been through a lot, but she seem to be on a good path to recovery now. She’s still young, only 12 years old. She has many good years to come.

      I’m heading out of town today, towards some cooler weather. We’ll see about tomorrow. I might stay inside reading a good book. I have a couple new ones that I haven’t started yet, screaming my name! I’ve read less than usual this week, so it would be nice to just relax with a book tomorrow. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. with that type of heat and that much of a temperature difference, I think I’d never leave the mountains once there 😉 It looks like a beautiful hike. It also sounds like you had a great week despite the heat.

    I hope your week coming up is good as well.

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    1. I know..I actually go to the mountains almost every weekend. I spent the whole day hiking in the mountains yesterday as well. It’s wonderful to have them close by. It’s been a great week so far. There’s some wildfires in the area, but non that are threatening us. How is your weekend coming along?

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      1. I need to take advantage of the mountains more. There are a few really nice hikes very close to my New Hampshire house. I’m about 30 to 45 minutes from Mount Monadnock (Google it) and two hours from the White Mountains. Nothing quite like what you have, but still very nice. Of course, I am the opposite this weekend and next week – I’m on Cape Cod, which is flat. Still nice and relaxing (yes, I did a 4 mile run, kayaked for 5 miles and did a 3 mile walk in the woods today, but to me, that is relaxing 😉 )

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  3. 7.30 am, I’m having my coffee hot with you, but just as good.
    My boys are camping with scouts for 2 weeks, so all my adventures have to take place just with my horse and at work 🙂 Then later, we’ll explore Donner lake this year again. I have hopes to hike with my oldest to Castle Peek, he’ll make it easily this year.
    Horrid with your horse’s tongue 😦 The pain to go through while healing, weeks of barely eating. They’re in a good place with you now! 🙂

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    1. I bet you will fill your two weeks alone with plenty of fun. I love seeing your horse pictures every day.

      Donner lake is a wonderful place to explore. Lots of fun hiking nearby. I had my RV parked in Truckee for a few months, and did a lot of hiking in the area.

      Yes, it is horrible what Fancy’s been through. She seem much happier by the day, as her health is getting better, and better. She is really a very nice horse. When I take her place she always gets compliments. Thank you for your kind comment.

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  4. Hi Maria, I should have read your post before posting mine. If I had, I would not have griped about our temperatures down here in Sonoma County. I love the area up near Redding, but could not stand living there.
    I get uncomfortable when temps crest the low 80s. Once again, your photos are outstanding! You really spoil us in this regard. So scary to hear about Fancy’s tongue… Creepy and I hope it does not cause problems; now or later. it’s always a pleasure visiting you. Blessings.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment. I do think the heat is scary, but I appreciate the garden opportunities it offers. Low 80’s is just perfect 🙂

      Fancy dies not seem bothered at all by her tongue. That’s probably why I did;t know about it until I took her to the dentist. It is completely healed, but it must of been horrible when it happened; lots of bleeding, pain and difficulty eating I assume.

      So happy to share my photos with you. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. I’m having the same heat problems here, Saturday, as I write this, Maria, (no delta camping this weekend, no delta breeze and a sick cat)…but those falls look spectacular and cool to get splashed by. Congrats on your new PT job caring for horses…is it a long drive? These are the hot days that I wish I lived MUCH closer to the High Sierra’s where those 60-70 temps can still happen in summer. Even at my dad’s in Foresthill., it’s 90+ there this weekend (and they do not have AC)! Keep cool and thanks for that Iced coffee! I think I have a refill in my fridge!

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    1. That’s scary with your dads place, 90+ without AC is scary. I went back to the mountains yesterday (thereof my late reply.) We had a wonderful hike to the bottom of a volcano crater. I will write a post about that soon. The photos are still in my camera.
      I do love my new job very much. It’s only a 5 min drive. I could ride a bike, but with this heat going uphill not he way home, would be exhausting. Thankful for my truck. I hope you find a way to stay cool this weekend. Thank you for your kind comment 🙂

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  6. Wow! Triple digits!
    Beautiful pictures of the waterfall. We really need to go do some site seeing. Have company coming for about a week next week so we’ll be busy. Your horses are so lucky you are their caretaker and protector now. Wish we lived closer, would love to go hang out with them.

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    1. I’d share my horses with you any day 🙂 I bet it is challenging to take time off from the homestead though. It’s tricky enough for me to be away a day from animals, and garden. I can only imagine it being even more challenging for you. Enjoy your visitors 🙂

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    1. Thank you Russell! The close proximity to 100 waterfalls, and other scenic hikes is one of the things I love the most about this area (that I don’t really have any connection to, besides my love of nature and gardening.) Doing my best to stay cool 🙂 Have an awesome new week!

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    1. Thank you Colline. It was a spectacular hike. Not difficult at all, but with wonderful vistas. Perfect to bring a young child on. I hope your weekend was relaxing. I’m a slightly behind in my blogging. I was planning on catching up yesterday, but strong winds required my presence in the garden. I’m looking forward to do it this afternoon instead 🙂 Have an amazing new week!

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        1. Not too much. Maybe 1/4 of the corn was completely moved down by the high winds. That’s OK. I had to build some more support for some of the bigger plants. Everything is under control now 🙂

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  7. What perfect timing, we have camping reservations at Lassen next month and were considering this hike. After looking at your beautiful pictures, it is going on my list! As always thank you for sharing such great info.

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