|joan and Buckshot|
|Walker and Buckshot|
My name is joan burlingame (yes…all lower case…long story) and I have two critters that I love to spend time with on trails. My main ride is a mammoth mule, Buckshot. Walker, a Tennessee Walker who is mostly “retired” at age 25+, is my other trail buddy. I work long hours at Puget Sound Energy and try to spend a lot of my time off riding. Mules, being smarter than horses (but not necessarily anywhere as easy to ride) need lots of mental stimulation. I was amazed when I realize that Buckshot is extremely competitive and loves new things after the first few tries. So we trail ride, fox hunt, do amateur rodeo (sorting and penning primarily), participate in Competitive Mounted Orienteering (CMO), and extreme obstacle courses. There are over 100 horse campgrounds in Washington State and Buckshot, Walker, and I are working our way through the list. I love exploring new trails and meeting new people. I wanted to join this group to motivate me to record not only what trails I rode on which days but also how far we traveled. I am ready for the adventures!