Saturday, April 14, 2007
  Sand Storms!
A couple of days ago, Edie and I left out to do our ride for the day. It was beautiful and there was a slight breeze blowing. Marla had gone on ahead to set up our next camp twelve miles down the road. We had not been riding more than a half hour when I saw something that looked like very thick fog coming at us from the mountain on our right. It was coming at us like a gray blanket and the wind picked up to a fierce level. It wasn't long before we realized we were right in the path of a sand storm. Soon we were completely surrounded by the flying sand cloud. We could not see any of our landmarks or any of the mountains. The wind was so strong that it was making the horses stagger as they walked. Edie and I dismounted and ended up walking the horses for eight miles to the camp. The DOT men who saw us riding in the storm went to the camp and told Marla to come back to get us. "Those gals can't ride out there in that storm!" She explained that our horse trailer is filled with feed, hay and water and she could not come get us. She was worried sick. At one point, we could barely see a few feet in front of us and I almost lost sight of Edie. We had to stand with the horses tails to the wind and try to block their faces and eyes from the sand that felt like it was coming from a sandblaster! We got in while it was still going on and were very happy to be back at our little camp. The next day, we heard that the storm was so bad that I -40 had been closed due to several wrecks with fatalities because of the poor visability. I hope we can get out of this desert without falling in any more earthquake cracks of having to endure any more sand storms. We only have 43 miles to go to the Arizona line. Yahoo! Tomorrow is Sunday and our day of rest. We think of all of our friends and family at home and miss them terribly. You are all in our prayers. Please keep us in yours! Love, Andi

Who needs Oil of Olay when youguys are running around in a sandblaster?! You guys should all have a new layer of skin now! I know what it is like as I have been in a few sandstorms myself in the Sahara Desrt. They are no fun!

Mom, I am sorry that I didn't get to talk much on Saturday when you called, but I was racing against the weather to get the job done. I truely do cherish our phone conversations and I do look forward to hearing from you.

Marla, I am sorry to hear about Tonto's war-wounds! I am sure however, that he is still a beatiful machine! Look at it like this... The scars just give him character!

Edie, We love you too!

You all be safe and get back in touch with us as soon as possible.
Love you all!
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