Come along for a ride… It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

29 04 2012

“My soul blows crazy on the sails of a ~ derelict wind”~ from Good Love, one of my favorite tracks on the new CD by Lance Taylor, “American Love.”

So for the past 6 months my job has been to drive every paved, public road from Santa Maria to the Salinas valley plus up Pacific Coast Highway through Big Sur. I have about a week to go, and then my job assignment will be finished. Yesterday I was driving down this remote road off the Salinas valley enjoying a gorgeous spring day and listening to my singer songwriter friend’s new CD (Lance Taylor of Key West). I really love his music and new CD, “American Love!” I spontaneously decided to take this video with my iPhone as a souvenir of this fun job, and to preserve such a lovely memory. I never did see another car on this road. The video is a little shaky, because it was a rough, country road, and I was driving with one hand and holding my phone cam with the other. Look carefully, too, and you will see all kinds of critters in the air and on the road throughout the whole recording.

Check out Lance’s music on the Lance Taylor Music web site:

Paso Robles Horse Ranch

19 10 2011

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Paso Robles Horse Ranch, a set on Flickr.

This set of photos was taken on October 9, 2011, at the horse training facility of Krista Koenig and Dave Kneller in Paso Robles. They have a business called From Start to Foundation. They do all kinds of horse training which you can read about on their web site. I met Dave just a few weeks earlier at The Sanitarium Music Nights in San Luis Obispo, except he was not called Dave there. Dave is not only a horse trainer, but is also a very entertaining singer-songwriter with a unique style, and he was playing that September night, going by the stage name Cody Pendant. You can see a few photos of “Cody” on my photo set from that night; he’s the one with the cowboy hat & boots! I also recorded 3 videos of him singin’n strummin’ that night. You can see them on my Vimeo channel, SLO Music! (Again, he’s the one with the cowboy hat.)

Back to our October 9th ranch visit: well, we spent about an hour just walking around checking out where everything is. There’s a stable, some different areas for training and riding, some pens as well as some open spaces, trails and even a dry river bed next to a picturesque, oak covered escarpment. Then Dave took a couple of his clients out on a trail ride on their property. I took a bunch of photos of Dave riding a formerly wild mustang named Moon. One of the things that Krista & Dave do is train wild mustangs that have been rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management (B.L.M.). You can tell which ones those are because they have a freeze brand on their neck, which Dave pointed out to me. After they’ve been trained they are available for people to purchase.

After the trail ride Dave saddled up a palomino quarter horse named Pockets, and he gave my 21 year old son, Addison, his first ever riding lesson. Dave was very clear and thorough about explaining everything Addy needed to know for his first lesson. Dave rode Pockets first, explaining and physically demonstrating the basics of riding. Then it was Addy’s turn to ride, and I think he rode pretty well for his first time. Addy was thrilled! The only other time he had ridden a horse was on a tourist trail ride in Kauai (gorgeous scenery, but didn’t really learn much about riding a horse properly). I could tell Dave is a really good teacher; he communicated effectively and calmly with both the horse and my son, and everything about the lesson progressed very smoothly. So that was our first, but hopefully not our last visit to Krista & Dave’s horse training facility. Fun times!

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