We'd never hiked here, other than a quick trip this winter when we found there was too much snow, unless you had snowshoes. It was the kind of snow that would hold you up for an instant and then your foot would go plunging through.
I'd ridden a very nice trail nearby, but never this one. I had a Forest Service map of the area, and I took a picture of the map at the trailhead too, just in case. Let me just say, you'd think the Forest Service would make better maps. I don't think we were ever really lost, since the trail we were looking for reappeared just at the point where I was thinking of turning back. John says we were lost. What we were, was gone a lot longer and a lot farther than we expected. We got cell service again just in time to call Katia and have her pick Liam up from school. (His school is over 20 miles away and no bus service.)
Scout, on the other hand, does not stop and think, and it makes him clumsy. Granted, he hasn't had enough riding, but I was disappointed in him a little bit. Stumbly, not watching where he was going, overreacting about every puddle, slipping trying to avoid the puddles, etc. We really, really need to work on puddles and mud. Some bodies of water are no big deal, but little trickles, small puddles, and some wet spots are a big problem. I think it has something to do with his compromised eyesight. That, and the fact that he's a horse.
When we got home they both got a quick hosing off, a good roll in the dust, and Pedro got some bute and magnesium. He didn't seem to be having any trouble, but he did a lot today. Heck, I think we all could have used a little bute. :)