We adopted Rodeo from Julie (J&M) about 15+ years ago and I think she is in her mid 30’s now and is still going strong! I caught the long ears bug from her and have never looked back and because of Rodeo, we have a few mules now - they’re kind of like chocolates – you can’t have just one!
I used to ride Rodeo and she was a great little mule to ride but the job she loves the best is packing our camp. We always put the valuables in her pack because we know they will be safe.
She carefully and thoughtfully negotiates any obstacles, weaves her way around trees with that uncanny ability to never bump her pack boxes on the way. She goes through bogs (something most mules hate), swims rivers if necessary and guards the camp at night.
We always say we adopted and rescued her but in fact, she is the one that keeps us safe when we’re out on our pack trips.
Thanks Julie for saving this wonderful and awesome little mule – she has enriched our lives more than I can say and it is thanks to the positive experiences we have had with her in the early years of packing, when we were just learning and she was our teacher, that many years later we are still enjoying the beautiful backcountry of BC.
Two of these pictures were taken in Stone Mountain Park in the northern Rocky Mountains and the other in the Chilcotin area. Rodeo is the little bay mule on the left with what looks like a huge pack but it is mostly bulk and is actually fairly light weight.
Connie and Phil Waddell