Since the sun was out this week, my husband and I decided to go hiking around the area and see how the local trails are faring, so we can get an idea when to start trail riding again. This is a picture at Palisades Park with our dog, Maggie. She may be getting a full brother or sister this Spring if all goes well!
Palisades has hard packed snow, and it didn't look like good conditions for riding yet.
This is the view of Mt. Spokane from Palisades. I have a similar view from my back deck. I've photographed it a lot, as you've probably noticed.
The cliff edges are hard to see well because the snow curls over their tops. I avoided getting too close, but my husband would push it right to the edge. Toward the end of our walk we sat out on a steep rock, and I clung on for dear life where he dangled his legs over. I was thinking, all it would take is Maggie running over and bumping him and....not a good thing.
As you can see, the cliffs are steep at Palisades.
Last night we went to see the play Cowgirls put on by the Interplayers Theater. (Piano donated by Dan the Piano Man--where I recently bought mine.) It's a musical comedy about a woman trying to save her family's bar, but she accidentally hires a classical female trio rather than a country western band. It's an all-woman play about coming from different perspectives, but still having a lot in common.
They had a joke about Idaho. The bartender (who has 6 kids, 3 divorces, and UNDERSTANDS country western) asks, "What does a twister in Kansas, a hurricane in Florida, and a divorce in Idaho have in common? Someone's losing a trailer."
There were lots and lots of laughs. The women who played in it were really talented--one played banjo, another guitar and cello, another was a classic pianist and another was a violinist/fiddler--all are active in the music scene in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area.
It was a real pleasure--great time--and I'd recommend it to all my Cowgirl friends. And, as the play points out every woman who is a survivor is a Cowgirl.
Wear your Cowgirl boots and hat to this one, ladies!
Oh, I found that Madeline Pickens has a website: http://madeleinepickens.com/ where you can keep up to date on her appearances. And, Andrea at Mustang Saga found a great Mustang article in February's National Geographic. She has a link to it on her site, and I found it on the newstand yesterday.