Camping. I Know, I Don't Believe It Myself....
Nearly two years ago I got two pictures of an F1 Bengal who had been left at a shelter across the state. This was one.
This was the other. All I knew was he was half Leopard. And no one wanted him. Those were not eyes that love. And those were not eyes that trusted. Anyone. Those eyes were very, very alone.
So I went for him.
Big news today: Great Lakes Bengal Rescue is now on Twitter! Our Fearless Leader, Janet, has jumped in enthusiastically (Sounds way better than "Dragged kicking and screaming, eh?)in and is now posting Bengal Rescue Tweets! Follow her at @GLBengal.
Ok. Right again. Big day tomorrow.
1. Sleeping bag, pad for under it and little silky thing to sleep in. Check.
2. Horses and Horse Stuff. (Saddle, bridle, halter, booties, grooming things, hay, carrots. Check.
3. Food. Note: Should be able to be cooked over a fire. Right. Check.
4. Clothes, bug-B-gone, flashlight, sunblock, fiddle. Got 'em.
Yes, I am going CAMPING. Real camping. Not the waiting for room service sort of roughing it I do from time to time, but honest to gosh out in the woods in the middle of nowhere CAMPING, for the first time ever.
No, no punch line coming, I am serious here. I can do this. (STOP LAUGHING!) It could work. What's not to love? What could possibly go wrong?????
I don't think it really hit me until we were debating bringing Doggie Pearl along, and I was pointing out she DOES still smell like a skunk and a several hour drive with her in the car MIGHT not be our best option, when one of my seasoned camping horse friends said: "She'll keep away the bears"
The others nodded, sagely and agreed.
What's a little Eau Du Skunk anyway.....
I don't know if I'm ready for this (That's a lie actually, I KNOW I AM NOT READY FOR THIS) but, I'm going for it. I have two days off and it's time for some Woods. Adventure Camping. Riding thru the wilds of Wisconsin! Leave the indoor, groomed, safe, civilized riding arena and take Horsie Chanel out for, uh, nothing is coming here, Trial By Fire Riding?
My Boss was all for it, go, sayth he! I pointed out I would not have any cell phone reception and would be GONE and out of touch for two days. Fine, fine, he sayth again, I'll be fine. (Not sure the enormity of this really sunk in, this no cell or email bit, I know it hasn't for ME.)
And so I go.
But before I do, here's that F1, two years down the line.
And those eyes are Magic.
Love and Camping,