April 23rd, 2015 The Boyer Residence – Lisbon, New York

Laura Foster Director and Curator of the Remington Museum
Laura Foster Director and Curator of the Remington Museum

1-photo 1(1)  It has been a very busy stop in Ogdensburg but to leave with out visiting the Frederick Remington Museum  would have been a shame.
Both Judy Boyer and her Sister Joan Carlisle (Mr.&Mrs. Preston Carlisle are benefactors)joined me on a tour given by Laura Foster director and curator of the museum….a very informative tour of the historic home. Frederick Remington was one of the most famous artists of his time. The museum which to me felt like a sanctuary for his spectacular bronze figures, alive with action. It also shares Remingtons look at Northern New York with oils and sketches depicting  his beloved northern wilderness which I had never seen. An almost impressionist quality to them.

from L to R: Judy Boyer, me, Laura Foster and Judy's sister Joan Carlisle
from L to R:
Judy Boyer, me, Laura Foster and Judy’s sister Joan Carlisle

Last night I gave a talk at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service. We had a great turn out for such short notice which Judy had quickly organized. Judy Boyer is an active 4-H leader and the entire week I have spent at her home,children have been coming in to practice their public presentation, Part of the 4-h curriculum. The competition ends at Cornell University in Ithaca,  N.Y.next month!

4-H played an important role in my childhood.  It was really ALL we did once school was out for the summer months. As farm children each of us took an animal to the fair but we also learned to sew, cook and do public presentations that would be exhibited at the county fair.  I learned for the first time the application of knowledge, the importance of presentation  and how to prepare for an event.  I’ve done many slide-show presentations for 4-H groups and have been an advocate for the organization for years.  It’s good to see after 100  years that 4-H is still alive and well!
Riley having a hard time with Montana Spirit
Riley- and Judy’s “right hand gal” member of Raindrop Roundup Club…no easy task moving Montana Spirit

                          Town and Country Veterinary Clinic
                           904 country route 4, Ogdensburg, NY.  315-393-7338

Town and Country Vets came out to take care of Vaccinations and health certificates
Town and Country Vets came out to take care of vaccinations and health certificates

Raindrop Roundup 4-H members hard at work….

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Well I guess this is where I must say…”GOODBYE NEW YORK”.  On Saturday, Judy will haul (in a horse trailer) Essie, Spirit and I across the St. Lawrence River into Ontario, Canada.  With all of our necessary paper work in order, tack clean, horses rested we shall continue on with the adventure, the journey home.

I could say thank you a 1000 times and it would not be enough. My ride thur the Northeast has been heartwarming, educational, surprising and diverse. As compared to other rides it has been an easy go of it. Plenty of grass and water, plenty of places to camp. Roads were a bit tricky at times, had to haul a couple of time because of the risk some roads offered, simply not worth riding, to dangerous.  BUT TO have made it ALL THE WAY TO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN! goodness it brings me to tears when I think about it. TO turn around and look behind at the 1000 of miles my two girls and I walked, traveled, endured together.

I’ll be packed light when we leave Saturday and will travel quickly across Ontario to avoid the bugs which are bound to appear anytime soon, presenting miserable riding conditions. The horses are fit, still plenty of steel on their shoes. My new heel cleats that Dick Manel made for me look like tiny horse shoes on my heels…for walking. Its good to be back out. Its good to leave feeling  hundreds of smiles, handshakes and encouragement shining on my back.

Happy Trails  Bernice