OK, maybe not ocean front but we did go to Arizona!
So for this weekend, we did barn hunt judging outside Phoenix, AZ. If you're having trouble keeping up with the pace of our life, me too ;)
This was a super cool location in the desert with a super cool club. I've never seen the "huge" straw bales that they say is out west (they use 3 stringers and we use 2 stringers here) so I'd planned my courses to be flexible enough to accomodate any weirdness I came across. I got to fly into PHX and then grabbed a rental to drive the 45 minutes north to the facility late Friday night. It was about 9:30pm when I got there, 11:30 our time. Oiy. I basically dragged my carcass into the RV I was staying in and tried to sleep.
I always forget how early the sun comes up east and west of us, so it was a nice surprise to see the sun up at 5:30am (AZ time) but I lingered in bed until I absolutely had to go out and work. Energy was going to be at a premium today as it always is when judging. The dry desert air was already working wonders on my hair; causing it to be super straight and lovely so I got to wear it down in a pony tail unlike my normal bun avoid smothering to death in humid sweat.
Each Barn Hunt club has a different personality and this was a really cool group of people that were super eager to learn and help out. We worked through a few logistical issues and they were clicking right along before I knew it. The day ended up going really smoothly and my courses looked really good. I'm always happy when they come out looking vaguely like I thought they would in my head but also sad I don't get to run them. I'll set them up at the house when I get a chance :)
A couple of use went out to eat at local(ish) restaurant and had some funky fries and a tasty hamburger. Then it was back to the RV to try to sleep and do it all over again the next day. Sunday was a single trial only day so we got in there and got the runs down so I could head back to PHX and fly back home. I arrived back in College Station around 9:30pm and headed home to sleep before heading to work the next day.
Up next? The CDI!