My husband entered his dog, Deuce, in a hunt test in Umpqua Valley this last weekend and I tagged along to enjoy a weekend away. I had no idea the trial site was going to be so beautiful!
The trial was held at a ranch – what a view!
This is the view from the trial site on Saturday…
and this was the trial site on Sunday.
There were multiple trials going on at the same time and they were held many miles apart. All of the trial sites were quite a distance from the camp area which presented a little bit of a challenge because we only had one vehicle and my husband left early in the morning. I really wanted to watch him run his dog, so I put my walking shoes on and headed out.
You can see the campers in the background. I was still a long ways from the trial location, but I found a lot of beauty while I was walking.
Pretty pink flowers along the side of the road.
Water lilies on a pond.
Just as I was about to turn the corner and head up the hill, I looked up and saw this…
A bald eagle that I surely would have missed had I been driving. There were a lot of ponds and the Umpqua river close by for this guy to find his meals in.
The ranch had a lot of animals – cows, sheep, peacocks, and horses. This mare and foal were very eye-catching.
I’m glad I was able to watch my husband run his dog – they are becoming a great team.
Getting ready to send her…
done with their run and honoring the next dog.
She earned her Junior Hunt title last year and this weekend, they got their first Senior Hunt ribbon.
This scene ties in nicely to what I am feverishly working on now…only 2 more days until Black Sheep Gathering!!! I hope to see you there and if you can’t make it, I will be posting lots of pictures.
What a great story, Shannon! The pictures are amasing! I very much enjoy all of your stories. Thank You for inspiration!
Will you have a booth again? I’ll be there on Friday and look for you!
Yes, I will have a booth there as well as the sheep. See you on Friday!
What a peaceful, pastoral walk in the countryside! Lovely photos!!
I wish I could help you get ready in some way…..and that last photo….I think those sheep need one of my dogs! Thinking of you…..
What an incredible day. If only we all could take a walk like this one! And the dog is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. Beautiful!