Connecting with Horses in the Cotswolds

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( November 20th, 2014 )

This blog is dedicated to my husband.

Cotswolds Horses

We thank thee…For swift and gallant horses…For song and kindly voices… – A Cotswold Prayer

Cotswolds Horses.Cotswolds Horses

As my husband and I walked through a quintessential field in the Cotswolds filled with green grass, flowering trees that I have never seen anywhere else, and rolling hills in the background, we were greeting by a herd of horses. Mostly white and grey horses, but one brown horse mixed in, all which made for a great variety of color amongst the green. We slowed down our walking pace to stop and watch these creatures roam the field and graze the grass. My husband was in heaven, as he loves horses.

Cotswolds Horses

Then one of the horses out of the entire herd, a pure white one, seemed to notice us and looked right at us, as you can see in this picture.

Cotswolds Horses

Cotswolds Horses

That horse then walked right up to us. Friendly, calmly, curiously, and seemingly to just want some connection. The other horses paid no attention to us whatsoever.

Cotswolds Horses

Cotswolds Horses

We bonded with this one white horse for some time. Well, my husband did mostly. Petting it, watching it, enjoying its warm, gentle, and gallant presence. If we started to walk off, this horse just followed, as if to say, “You can really stay here for a while with me if you like.” So we did.

Cotswolds Horses

Cotswolds Horses

Eventually we needed to move on, but I know that my husband truly enjoyed this connection with this one horse.

Cotswolds Horses

We encountered horses many other times during our 12 days of walking in the Cotswolds. Sometimes it was just a few horses, other times it was a herd. Sometimes they were in the fields, other times they were in stables or corrals.

Cotswolds Horses

Cotswolds Horses

Each time we came across horses in the Cotswolds, my husband had to stop to connect. I think it brought back memories of the time in his life when he grew up on a horse farm. I’m glad my husband had these experiences with horses in the Cotswolds.

Cotswolds Horses

Cotswolds Horses

And as for me, I am glad our experiences with the horses were much calmer than our incident where a herd of cows, and what I thought were bulls, started following us.

Cotswolds Horses

Cotswolds Horses

We thank thee for those special Friends of man…for the splendid horses, truest companion of man, either in patient toil, or spirited adventure…- The Cotswold Prayer of Praise

Cotswolds Horseshoes

Sweet Travels!

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“Till the Cows, and Bulls, Come Home” in the Cotswolds

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( November 5th, 2014 )

Cotswolds Cow

My gut told me there was something wrong – that we probably got off our designated path – when my husband and I were walking directly towards a herd of cows. And cows with horns. Oh wait, cows with horns – aren’t those bulls?

Cotswolds Cows

Now mind you, throughout the Cotswolds, there are clearly marked paths and trails and roads that one walks on when crossing the countryside. Written instructions, guidebooks, maps, and directional arrows and signs help guide the way. We had been following our way quite carefully that day. And yes, you are allowed to literally walk through a pasture, whether it be of sheep, or of even cows and bulls. But when you are walking right towards the herd, not on the opposite side of the pasture, yup, something just didn’t seem quite right.

Cotswolds Cows in Pasture

I immediately said to my husband, “Stop! We can’t go this way. This is just not right. Where are we supposed to be? Those cows have horns!” In fact, I panicked. My husband, unhelpful, replied, “Don’t have a cow!”

And then my panic turned into terror when the herd of cows, and bulls, started walking. Right. Towards. Us. “Holy cow!” I exclaimed. “Run!” Now I don’t think you are supposed to run when you are being chased by a bear. Are you supposed to run when being chased by cows or bulls? Well, I guess they do in Pamplona.

I decided that we were going to “take the bull by the horns.” We picked up our pace and started walking back to where we think we got off track. Walking faster, and faster. Looking behind us. They were still coming in our direction.

Cotswolds Holy Cow

Finally, my husband, now being helpful, noticed a gate. With a directional arrow. That we were supposed to go through the gate, and be safely on the other side of the fence. “Whew!” I thought. I practically jumped over the fence to the other side. Kind of like the cow jumping over the moon, I suppose.

Cotswolds Till The Cows Come Home

As the herd of cows, and what I thought were bulls, continued to very slowly stroll on by, my husband took a video of them. I thought his commentary on the video should be, “till the cows, and bulls, come home.” Instead, he actually said, “Fortunately we got them all following us. I’m not sure why. [And I’m not sure why he said ‘fortunately’ at that moment.] They’re all coming. Following the lead male with the white horns. AND he has NO interest in me. Simply going back to the path. Hi, there! [Yes, my husband was talking to them.] Actually that second one is a cow. They’re ALL cows! Wow!” You can hear me in the background sighing with relief.

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Cotswolds Cow Jump Over the Moon

My husband and I actually traveled across several pastures of cows and bulls during our 12 days of walking in the Cotswolds. The cows were usually calm and lazy, didn’t move and all, and didn’t seem to mind us at all.

Cotswolds Bull in Field

Cotswolds Bull in Field

Occasionally, there was a clearly marked sign of warning – “Bull in Field.” Fortunately, in this instance, the bulls were waaaayyy off in the distance. We just needed to watch where we stepped below our feet…

Cotswolds Three Cows

Sweet Travels!

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Our Summer Hikes at Mt. Rainier

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( October 28th, 2014 )

Mt Rainier Van Trump Park

I really love that my husband and I live so close to Mt. Rainier. Over the years, it has become my favorite place to hike, and I find myself saying to my husband often, “Can we go to Mt. Rainier this weekend?” With so many options, from day hikes, to overnights, to extended backpacking trips. Even climbing for those so inclined. This summer, my husband and I did a variety of those options, with the exception of climbing, in order to enjoy nature, and to rejuvenate the spirit.

Mt Rainier Emmons Glacier

Mt Rainier Gobblers Knob

Mt Rainier Naches Peak Loop

For the most part, we had great warm, sunny weather on many of our trips, but there was also that mix of some colder, cloudier, foggier weather from the mountain that is known for creating its own weather patterns. But no matter what the weather on Mt. Rainier that we encountered this summer, the hikes were still beautiful. Especially when the wildflowers were in bloom.

Mt Rainier St Andrews Lake

Mt Rainier St Andrews Lake

Mt Rainier Emerald Ridge

Mt Rainier Wildflowers

I share some pictures of our trips along the Emmons Glacier Trail, Owyhigh Lakes, the Naches Peak Loop, Tipsoo Lake, Gobblers Knob, Lake George, St. Andrews Lake, Emerald Ridge, Comet Falls, Van Trump Park, and…Paradise. Most of these were new hikes for both of us. I find it fascinating that no matter how many times I have hiked on Mt. Rainier, there are still new places to discover and enjoy.

Mt Rainier Lake George

Mt Rainier Tipsoo Lake Naches Peak Loop

Mt Rainier Owyhigh Lakes

Mt Rainier Comet Falls

Whether we hiked up to a knob, around a loop, to a lake, to a waterfall, or on a ridge, there really is a place on Mt. Rainier called Paradise. And a feel of paradise no matter where we hike on the mountain.

Mt Rainier Van Trump Park

Mt Rainier Emerald Ridge

Mt Rainier Paradise

Sweet Travels!

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