Ride Reports


April 2017 proved to be a busy month for our riding club.  Starting out, the month the club participated in some charitable activity in conjunction with Bumblebee Ranch as they hosted the "HOPE KIDS".  The HOPE KIDS foundation is dedicated to providing activities for kids with cancer or other life threatening conditions.  Many activities were available to these kids on  April 1, and our club was instrumental in providing horseback rides.  Judging from the four-hour non-stop lineup horses were very popular that day.

The second weekend in April found the club on a ATV trek up to historic ghost town of Humbug Az.  Horses could have made that trip, but the distance from the trailhead to Humbug would have been too much for one day.  Humbug is, or was, a gold mining town first established in the early 1880's brought on by the discovery of gold by Charlie Campion, one of the early settlers to the Wickenburg area.  Many of his descendants can still be found in Maricopa and Yavapai county. The club spent an enjoyable tour of Humbug compliments of Frank the caretaker. Humbug and the surrounding area are  on private land . Tours can be arranged through the proper channels.

The third weekend in April was a weekend off for the club, however some members participated in a ride in the Gates road area. This was a great ride with beautiful scenery highlighted by a desert turtle sighting. Although not an official club ride someone usually rides every weekend and all members are welcome to join in.

The final weekend of April found the club once again at Bumblebee ranch for a full three days of riding and other activities. Friday started off with a fine four-hour ride and ended with a nice bratwurst dinner at Bill’s campsite. Thank you, chef Bill. 

Activity for Saturday included a morning ride and an afternoon ride. Also included was a trip to historic Cleator, Az. An old not quite ghost with mining roots dating back to 1860’s. Not much left but they do have the “Cleator Yacht Club” a fine establishment with live music and cold adult beverages.

Saturday evening included a steak, salmon or chicken dinner provided by the club and hosted by the able staff of Bumblebee ranch. A great raffle of donated items and a poker run provided more things to do and also raised some money for the club. Many thanks to those who donated items and congratulations to the winners. Last, but not least, happy birthday Bill.

Sunday arrived with the usual great Arizona weather and although some of us had to leave, another ride was led by our capable ride leader Lonnie who deserves a big thank you for all the great rides he leads. 

Respectfully submitted,

Robert Piekow, Publicist