It was a georgeous September day here and a fantastic day for the STARS (helicopter rescue, air ambulance) fundraiser trail ride. Here are a few pictures from the day.
Sam is all ready to go.
We started out nice and easy along the edge of a huge meadow surrounding a small lake. The place where the ride was held is a bird sanctuary, so the terrain is perfect for a variety of songbirds and waterfowl.
Lots of varied terrain. In places the path only allowed single file riding. With 45 riders, we made quite a train!
In the meadows the grasses, thistles and nettles were over my head, and Sam is almost 17 hands tall!
We also came across a few open areas. Here is a spot where the first group waited a bit for the others to catch up.
We rode through lots of wooded areas, up and down hills over tons of deadfall and between many trees. Unfortunately, I had to focus more on riding than picture taking. Sam thought this was a great place for him to relive some of his X-country jumping days. Bad idea Sam!!
It was a beautiful day and a great ride, all for a great cause. STARS stands for Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society. They operate 2 helicopters, all manned by volunteers in my area. We have personally had the misfortune to benefit from STARS quick service when our daughter had a very serious asthma attack and had to be airlifted to the University hospital. She is awesome now, but we will always be grateful they were there.