Paso Robles recap

Looks like a Tuscan holiday.
Looks like a Tuscan holiday.

Letty and I have been so incredibly spoiled for the last 3 weeks. When we arrived early to Twin Rivers, we had no idea that we would be so lucky as to gain 3 great friends. They took us in as campers, and we are leaving as family!

Connie and Jeff Baxter, along with their daughter Andrea, have quite an amazing operation here at Twin Rivers. We have seen two dramatically different sides of the facility, and both are impressive. We have had the whole place to ourselves at times, its quiet, peaceful with the doves cooing all day long. Dogs are a comfortable pack of friends, tagging along with everything that we do. And we have also seen 500 horse trailers descend upon us and become a 25 division show, and all the chaos, dust and noise that results.

Andrea at the Vanna drive through.
Andrea at the Vanna drive through.

Letty and I proved ourselves different from their average camper when we volunteered to get ready for the show every afternoon. We painted, dusted and cleaned the office, organized pinnies, put up stall cards, cleaned the bathrooms, and put up flags on the xc course. I know the amount of work that it takes to put on a show, and I sure as shit wasn’t going to sit around and watch them do all of it! Besides, what else are we going to do? Hang out in Vanna and watch Moxee snap at flies?

We also had fun riding with Andrea. She loved the company, as she often rides alone; and she is such a social butterfly that she is physically incapable of being solitary! Suits us great! Because of her, we also saw some of the region, sans horses. We went olive and wine tasting, saw Avila Beach, had dinner in San Louis Obispo, and taco lunches at the local cantina. She selflessly invited us everywhere!

Watch out for wildlife, Panda.
Watch out for wildlife, Panda.

IMG_7505As we speak, Connie has a pork roast in the oven and corn on the cob waiting to be shucked, and we are once again invited to join them for dinner. Jeff will undoubtedly be pouring some concoction over ice tonight and I will happily join him. It’s nice to meet people who share a similar lifestyle as you. I see a lot of Mark and myself in them – happy, working with their land, dirty and tired every single day. I can’t wait to come down here again.IMG_7474

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