Yeee ha! After traveling 240 miles from the Owens Valley along the L.A. Aqueduct to commemorate the pipeline’s 100th anniversary, the 100-mule team did a march at the L.A. Equestrian Center’s Equidome on Veterans Day. There was quite a bit of whinnying and braying, but as you can see from this handsome fellow, the equines were in good spirits. No freakouts from all the flags waving around.
Wranglers and mules from four Eastern Sierra pack stations participated in the commemorative ride that began Oct. 18 in Independence: Reds Meadow, McGee Creek, Rainbow and Cottonwood pack outfits. There was one wrangler for every 10 mules. At the Equidome event, each string paraded around the arena, doing neatly choreographed circles.
I find it amazing that this whole operation appeared to go off without a hitch…so to speak. Just goes to show what can be accomplished with planning and professionals. Tho I did hear that the resident horses where the mules are being temporarily housed at the equestrian center have been a little jumpy. Who can blame them, with 100 mules milling about.
This is also great publicity for the Eastern Sierra packers. It’s never too early to start planning for next summer’s backcountry adventure….!