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.
It was nice and cool, with a high of 68 on the trail. One hour away, and 30 degrees cooler!
I had done this hike before, and seen the waterfall, but not with this much water. That was a happy surprise!
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!
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.
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.
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!