With a bit of a break from the rain, I returned to Greenbo for exercise and found green everywhere. It was a beautiful spring morning.
I met several folks on the trail, the first being a couple of fellows hiking the Michael Tygart Trail and had a conversation on how mixed use presents its own issues such as horse riding when the trails are a bit too wet for anything except foot travel.
About mid-ride, I came across a member of the bike club who was doing a solo ride while looking for snakes and such. While following the photography of naturalists, I’ve found the term botanizing to be a fairly common description of going out to look for plants and wildflowers. That’s mainly what I do when on the bike trails. Now, I’ve found that herpetologists do a similar thing, would that be called herpetolozing? She had not been successful, which suits me fine but we did have a great conversation about the personality of snakes, dogs who chase bikes, and a number of other things.
On down the trail, I came upon a group of horse riders. Now horses and bikes don’t mix very well, so I pull well off to one side and waited. It was a friendly group, mostly women it seemed. The lead lady says the last horse does not like bikes, so when it came by I wasn’t surprised to find the rider (also a woman) leading it on foot. It was a beautiful horse and made eye contact with me much like a thoroughbred at Keeneland would do as it is led through the pre-race display in front of the crowd. This was an intelligent horse and I could see fear in his eyes.
The lady says “He’s a new boy, just learning…he’s 3 years old..” On down the trail he was led, all the time keeping his neck twisted to watch me. When I made a move, I thought he was going to bolt on her and she calmed him down.
It’s always an interesting time at Greenbo, especially on weekends when I encounter civilians. hahaha!