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Skywatch Friday – Flame Nebula

This is a photo that my husband Dave took recently of the Flame Nebula.

It was taken with five fifteen-minute exposures stacked on top of each other.

The Flame Nebula is an emission nebula in the Constellation Orion.  It is 900 to 1500 light years away.

The ring of light on the right side is from the nearby star Alnitak, which is just out of

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The next ride – a 100 miler

20 Mule Team 100, 2009

I have a feeling that for this upcoming ride I’ll be the weak link.  I managed to get through four days of the Mojave ride, but just barely.  I made it home then went to the orthopedist right away.  The xrays showed that I have calcified tendonitis in my shoulder.  So I got a steroid shot and some prescriptions.  It’s better, but still not good.  I want to

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Figuring out how hard an endurance ride really is

The Lost Padres ride in California has a lot of rolling hills among oak trees

I get a lot of people asking me “how hard is _______ ride?”  Sometime I answer pretty vaguely with something like “it’s as hard as you make it”.  Meaning that some rides can seem harder depending upon how you ride them….and they can also seem much easier as well…depending upon how you ride them.  There are so many

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More Photos of Dave Rabe

Here are a couple more photos of Dave. These were taken by Steve Bradley. The first photo is of Dave and Dave at the AERC awards. The other photo was taken at the Eastern Mojave Scenic ride last weekend. Dave is riding White Cloud.

2010 AERC Hall of Fame Rider: Dave Rabe!

Dave Rabe (center) with Ann and Dave Nicholson, DVM

Dave Rabe with Carolyn Meier and Gina Hall

Dave is certainly enjoying this!

Congratulations to Dave for receiving the AERC Hall of Fame award at the convention Saturday night!  It was great getting to see Dave receive the recognition for all that he does.

Dave does a lot to contribute to the sport of endurance riding in so many ways. He is

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AERC Convention 2010

Got home yesterday after a long drive, about 450 miles.  I was fortunate enough to get into see the orthopedist doctor today.  They took xrays and determined that I have calcified tendonitis in my shoulder.  I got a cortisone shot, and some anti-inflammatories along with some pain pills.  I should be all set to attempt the 100 at 20 Mule Team at the end of the month.

The horses both returned home in great

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I know you wanna go faster, and I don’t care!

I said that to Bo a lot today.  It was funny, kind of like the song “Jimmy Crack Corn”….only it was more like “I know you wanna go faster and I don’t care…you wanna go faster, and I don’t care…we ain’t gonna go faster…so there!  (because I do care)  Not that there isn’t anything wrong with going fast when you are prepared.  Okay, and I admit that Bo is probably in better condition than

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Day 1, Eastern Mojave Endurance Ride 2010

Today turned out to be quite nice. I had a fantastic ride on Chief, though it’s rare that I don’t – he such a sweetheart and I so love riding him. At the start he was pretty amped up but settled in after a few miles and was pretty good all day.

I rode with Jackie Bumgardner and Tom Jenkins all day. We were all pretty relaxed and spent the day chatting away and

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I get to ride 50 miles tomorrow!

Well, at least I hope that I will get to!  I’ve entered Chief to ride, and vetted him in.  He is looking good, the eyelid has healed up well and seems to be doing great.  Chief doesn’t seem to be hoof sensitive anymore.  I’m a little sore but that’s what happens when you beat yourself up doing things with horses and trail marking (ha ha).  See, I at least have a sense of humor?

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Rides coming up

Dave riding Rushcreek Okay to mark trail around the Cima Dome

Been busy so haven’t had time to post much lately.  Leaving in the a.m. to go down to Mountain Pass to help get the trail marked for the Eastern Mojave Scenic ride which starts next Friday.

The ride is four days this year, Friday through Monday.  50 miles each day.  I’m bringing Chief and Bo and don’t know yet what I’ll do

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