Rivers BCHI Annual Volunteering Summary - 2008
Archives - 2008
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What a wonderful day to ride. It was good to see all you
riders, thirty riders in all! We also had a good showing
for help in the kitchen, nine in all.
The only ones not enjoying our ride were the mule
deer, who seemed to always be in front of us wherever
trail ride is like a pack string, don't stop or something
will probably happen. While
waiting to regroup, Susie Paulsen dropped a water
bottle and her
horse proceeded to drop her in short
order. Then when Susie went to get on, she slipped
and fell, which of course the trail boss said added bread
sticks with the pizza! This could
be our first Pizza of the year? The
verdict is still out if losing your horse while bridling
trail boss next lead us into a dead end behind an electric
fence, which to his
knowledge has never been hot in the last eight years.
Well, it was
our lucky day. We decided to lower
the wire, stand on it and cross our stock thinking
it was not hot. Well, horse shoes make a good conductor
Bud Scott's horse was the guinea
pig. A little trip backwards into the herd and rolling the wire up on the way, everything ended up alright
and lucky for Bud he never lost his horse.
we had a gate to pass through now, so all we had
to do was hook the wire back up. Somehow the more
to hook it up, the hotter the wire got. The trail boss got delegated
to reconnect the wires.
would think disconnecting the battery cables would kill
but we did not see the solar charger in the weeds.
The most fun was trying to connect the cables
back to the battery as every time he tried, he
got bit again. Some cheap entertainment for
we were not doing to good on Pizza and everyone laughed
when Rod got bit by the hot wire, he decided to head
down the canyon to a water crossing for his entertainment.
Everyone cleared the water fine, and we were headed back
to Kuther's for chili.
only entertainment after that was when Carl did a little
bronc riding when a cow gave his horse a dirty look.
Carl made his best ride ever!!
food was fantastic, and boy were there lots of yummy
desserts. It was such a nice day that Donna Kopczynski
brought ice cream bars! Wow
ice cream in February, it was a great day for a ride!!
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May 10, 2008
do you do when Mother Nature messes with your plans?
Get some minds together and come up with a new plan!
When we went up to clear the trail for our poker ride
at Fordyce Canyon, the snow got the best of the workers
and our stock.
do we do now?? The advertising is out; the posters are
all over town!! Lucky for us, the posters were generic
to Asotin Creek.
quick calls to some private landowners and the Asotin County
Commissioners and a new potential sight was planned. We
would be starting the ride from Headsgate County Park and
riding all private ground. Some riders with imagination
and a talent for finding gates in the many fences and a
new route was scouted for the ride. Some of us started
getting a little worried when some of the scouting team
got lost when they went to mark the trail. A second trip
to mark things a little better and we were ready for the
weather could not have been better, no rain and no wind.
We sold 116 hands, 85 participants, sold lots of food
and had many stories to tell. We are not aware of any
one getting hurt on the ride, but did have a minor wreck
loading a horse for the trip home.
#1 had constantly changing rules, so no one was able
to cheat. Ida and Chantel got the pigpen award for handling
the puffballs all day and getting so dirty. Each station
had a different game to challenge the riders, with a
beverage stop at midpoint to wash down the dust.
in all I would have to say a very successful day Comments
from most riders were very favorable for the new location
and again we had comments on how well the trail was marked
$250 in cash was awarded to the winners: Tony Bogar won
1st Place, Frank Hoyt 2nd place, Kathy Morris low ball
hand, and Aspen White won for the youth class. Gayle
Hagenah won $29.00 in the 50/50 pot, a new addition this
to the ones that jumped into gear and made it possible
for us to have the ride. The help from the trail marking
crew, setup crew, cook crew, parking crew, and station
tenders all made this thing work. Everyone pat themselves
on the back for there dedication!!
owe a BIG thanks to the private landowners who were so
generous to let us ride on their land. Becker Farms,
the Thiessen, Egland, Lynch, and Cook families are the
real heroes in this year's ride.
so much to all the landowners!!
Canyon Fence Removal
May 30-31, 2008
appears that not many like removing barbwire anymore
that I do, as more people cancelled out than showed
work. Thanks to the hard working crew of five on Friday,
Rod & Karen Parks, Bill Correll, Becky Paull & Tom
Fitzpatrick and two on Saturday, Rod Parks & Matt Bake,
we were able to complete all the work that Bill and Rod
had marked to remove.
There is still lots of wire to remove,
but it is much safer than before.
Short Canyon is pretty
much wire free anywhere near the road.
We had great weather
other than the humidity from the wet grass sure created
of sweat. Becky Paull tried to turn her jeans into a
pair of crop pants, or maybe she has a tattoo she was trying
to show off?? Everyone left a little blood with some
wire we rolled up. Rod probably gets the award for the
biggest blunder. When we went to eat lunch at the river
the cooler and instead of the lunch cooler, he has loaded
the beer and pop cooler for when we got back to the trailhead.
Everyone was willing to share their lunch for an ice
cold beer, so it all worked out great, and we had snacks
at the trailhead instead of cold beer and pop. Horsemen
were not the only ones that canceled, as five ATVs
to show up on Saturday to pack the wire we removed
back to the trailhead. It could have been that Matt and
so hard, we never saw them, but surely our stock would
have lets us know they were coming! Thanks to all the
workers that are now healing from all their wounds!!
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The 2008 camp is in the books!! Mark and I
only had three days between Kids Kamp and the Chief Joseph
Trail Ride, Lolo Hot Springs to Stephenville, MT (nine days
of good riding, too). I will now try to give you all a run
down on how camp went.
We had twenty-three kids and their critters this year...we
actually had four kids cancel the two weeks previous
to our camp date. We sure enjoyed the kids
that attended and felt like we had a good bunch of children. They ranged
from 10 to 17 years of age this year.
The fourth day the Latah
County Sheriff’s Posse Search & Rescue
actually brought in their base camp trailer (command center) and we all participated
in a mock search and rescue. I know the kids and adults really enjoyed and learned
from this project.
was a live subject that was "lost" in the
woods and had left a few clues...tracks, candy wrapper, jacket, 4-wheeler.
kids used the radios to communicate properly with the base camp
for instructions, directions, and to relay information.
The whole experience was very well received
and nicely done by the S & R group.
had terrific games and the kids did learn from them as well.
Her Price is Right game really let us know which kids have helped
shop &/or pay for their own tack, medicine and such.
worked on LNT, saddle fitting, leather work, trail cleaning,
a hitching rail at the facility bathroom/shower building.
also gave a test on Sunday on all the subjects covered over
the weekend and the kids did very well.
ended up with plenty of hay and just enough help to make the
camp a great success!! I have already received Thank you notes
from kids with comments about attending next year's camp.
feel this is still a very valuable tool for the BCH to use to
a renewable resource available (the youth) and confirm the
BCH has a longevity factor in place. I do, however, feel that
need to recruit more folks at an earlier time to make this
want to say a big 'THANK YOU' to all of you that stepped up to
the plate and worked extremely hard to once again make a great
experience for everyone involved.
Thanks again -
and Mark Bogar
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Corral Creek Work/Play Project
August 16 - 17, 2008
We had a small but enthusiastic group for
the project, and with the aide of Dave Hefler, Forest Service
Employee, we were able to repair the buck and pole and barb
wire fences surrounding the trailhead area and replace rails
on some of the surrounding fences. In addition, two signs,
one trailhead information sign and the Mill Creek Trailhead
sign were erected.
Sunday, Bill Correll, Rod Parks, and Bob Hough rode the
Mill Creek Trail doing some brushing and
checking conditions for connecting it with the Doc Denny
Trail, which would make this a possible loop ride from
the trailhead. The trail has been kept open by the graze
but could use some work to make it safer in a few areas
where the tread is in bad condition and some big boulders
think we found where the Doc Denny Trail heads up the
hill away from the creek, but are not sure.
Saturday Night Potluck: Tom Fitzpatrick has been unanimously
chosen as a trail boss for at least one project each
year for the foreseeable future. He did a fantastic
job of rewarding
us for our hard work with some of the best prime rib
you could ever eat in any restaurant in town! We had
prime rib to eat, that most of the other dishes were
barely touched. Then, Virginia made the Sunday riders
a prime rib
sandwich for their lunch that was just as delicious.
were lucky to have such a great representative from the
forest service in Dave to work with. It was a pleasure
to work along side him and he was very prepared with more
than enough tools to do the work that was accomplished.
September 28, Pre-ride to check out this project had
11 riders. The chapter voted
to pursue this project consisting of removing and packing
2 miles of fencing. The pre-ride was to see if this is
a feasible project that our members could
accomplish. If we get enough members committed to
help, the project could be accomplished.
are five separate sections to be removed.
first section is outside wilderness and a trail parallels
line, so access is good and power tools can be used.
This will be the hardest section to remove, as some
fencing is in heavy brush.
next section is accessible from
the top and down a grassy ridge.
next two sections are accessible the entire length with
fifth section we did not have time to scout out,
as a very short section on the map and is near
to Billie Havens and her mom for letting us use there
place for a jumping off place, and the delicious apples
for riders and our stock. The weather was wonderful,
as was the company on the ride and the scenery fantastic.
were able to see the Wenaha River from water level to
a birds eye view. Laurel Kuther was willing to pay
big money for a bridge across the Crooked Fork so she
could get back to our trailers without descending and
ascending the Wenaha River Canyon one more time.
also took care of lost and found with her dog whistle.
As usual, when no one was for sure as to where the trail
was, we had about five different ideas and riders going
five different directions. How could we not find and
old dozer road down the ridge?
and Della Allen were our entertainment on the ride back
to the top. Della demonstrated her leg pumping mount
and Dick demonstrated his leg failing dismount after
they switched horses and stirrup lengths were not even
to Bob Hough for organizing the pre-ride and Pat Hough
for feeding us a fantastic dinner of pot
roast stew, delicious corn bread and zucchini bread
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November Chili Ride
Thanks to the Bogar’s this is becoming an annual ride. The Washington
Game Department closes the gates on Lick Fork and the South Fork of Asotin Creek
December 1st and they remain closed until April 1st. There reasoning is to protect
the elk in their winter grazing area from disturbances by motorized vehicles.
So, November 29th we went for the last ride of the year before the gates are
forecast was for rain, and it rained all day the day
before, but since it was colder that heck the year
before, we were not going to let a little
rain forecast stop us. Well, it turned out to be much better than any of
us had expected and we had 20 riders show up.
was definitely wet, but you just put
someone with a large animal in front to beat the brush and it is not that
bad. Most of the day it was foggy and a light drizzle
from the fog.
up Fordyce the trail was in good shape. The group got
split up into two groups due
to potty breaks and when we got on top to go down
Cabin, the slow group ended up with
several different ideas as to where the top of cabin was in the fog,
and we were able to see some new areas. It would have
a beautiful day for some side
trips if you could see!
Lorelei decided we had done enough side trips and it
was time to head down Cabin and she
the way. Things were a little
slipping and sliding as there is not much rock on the trail, but everyone
made it without any animals falling down and
providing a Pizza for the rest of us.
were advantages of being the last back to the trailhead,
as the chili was hot and the campfire was roaring.
positions around the fire
until we had a good amount of steam rolling off our cloths.
chili was great and lots of cookies, cake, etc to go
along with it. We told a few lies around
the fire and picked up and headed home.
to everyone who hauled our stock from Asotin to the
trailhead, as the rest of us did not have to spend
two hours de-mudding
our vehicles and trailers. Thanks Mark & Pat for
a great ride. Are we going to have a ride to celebrate
the opening of the gates next spring??
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