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When this “Shelter in Place” is over, let’s get the lead out! Pack Burro Races!

I’m hoping that this shelter in place will all be over soon… and when it is over, all of us should do this!  Pack Burro Races!  Let’s all let off some housebound steam!

First off, everyone who can house and care for a donkey, should have a donkey, or two.  They are amazing beings.  Once you get your donkey(s), you may find that one or both of them lives to hang with you and do fun stuff.

This would be fun stuff.

I saw this photo on Facebook and I had to find out what it was!

How fun would this be??!!

Norma, watchout!  Mamma’s gonna put you to work!

(FYI:  Only the start line and finish line are on pavement… the rest is natural landscape.)


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So, I was flipping through Facebook as I always do – looking for interesting photos – and I came upon the photo pictured above.

It stopped me in my tracks.

What were these people doing?!

I couldn’t figure out if the donkeys were runaways or if the exhausted-looking humans were trying to keep up with their athletic burros?

Obviously, by the look on the humans’ faces, this was serious business.  (The donkeys, however, look like they are having a great time!)

And they’re off!


Pack Donkey Racing is very serious – for some.  But, really, it is just a lotta fun and a way for people to get out and do something with their burros.


I Googled ‘pack burro racing’ and found the Western Pack Burro Racing Association website which made me smile.  (I also found a FB page linked here.)

A Colorado tradition. (What is the one donkey doing?)



You can go to the Association site and find all the information you need as well as how to ‘outfit’ your donkey – Southern Missouri Mule Outfitter (lovingly referred to as ‘SoMoMule’) – and even a place to purchase a burro if you don’t already have one.  The donkeys offered here however, are very serious contenders (wink).

I loved several aspects of this site.  The best quality to me is that the site is quite informative but also doesn’t take itself too seriously.

They said it, I didn’t.

I also admired that they push rescuing a BLM burro.  Nice.

And, the photos make me wanna throw Norma in the trailer and ‘haul ass’ as they call it, to Colorado!

To top it off for me, the subtle touch of adding photos of mini donks in there was genius.  Really.  Minis take away the last excuse not to do it.

I love that they added minis in there!


It all started in Colorado.  (Can you believe this has been going on for 62 years and we never knew?!)

The problem is that Colorado is as far as the sport has reached.  The border of Colorado.  That’s it.  So, if you want to do this, you either have to go there, or you have to create a satellite branch in your neighborhood.  (I dare ya.)

Anyway, what tickled my fancy was that some of these photos were taken in Leadville, Colorado.  Now, I know nothing about Leadville except that is the place that Debbie Reynold’s character (Molly Brown) in the ‘Unsinkable Molly Brown’ movie was headed towards when she met Howard Keel (Johnny Brown).

The real town of Leadville looks to be doing well.  It hosts this fine event annually.  The other Colorado towns that participate are:  Fairplay, Idaho Springs, Buena Vista and Georgetown.  Colorado has even created a petition to make this their State Sport.  (You can sign it here.)

One of the more serious teams… the donkey looks really into it!


OK, so how can just about anyone participate?

If you look at the photos, just about anyone with a burro is in the lineup.  I’m getting the impression that this is mostly just good times except for those few die-hards that always top the leaderboard.

Anyway, it seems like kids, grandpappys, entire families and just about any size donkey can play.  There are no real restrictions but there are rules.

Here are the rules:

The Official Rules


This group looks like they are out for a Sunday stroll, eh?


I know that all of you probably wonder how you can get your donkey ready for the race.

Well, after reading through the official website, I think you need to think more about readying yourself than the donkey…  if you know what I mean.

Donkey Racing Edjacashin

All shapes and sizes of humans and donkeys


I swear, if I lived anywhere near this, I would do it in a heartbeat!

It seems like so much fun!


If I had more time, I’d organize one somewhere.  I mean, how can you not just have a smile on your face all day when surrounded by people and their silly, mischievous, mammoth, mini, serious, confused, willing, dragging, running longears?!

I think I should just buy a ticket and sit at a coffee shop (or pub) and watch the festivities!

Totally something to write home about…

I’d be sitting at the finish line, with a small glass of something, smiling and cheering like crazy!


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Very Large Bird watching!

Perfect for a Sunday!Hubby is a Naval Officer at Camp Roberts in San Miguel, CA.

Yesterday, he sent the Bald Eagle Camera link to me and I thought you’d like it, too.  Since it was Friday, I wasn’t able to find out how many babies are in the nest, but – from the live cam –  I think there are two.  I will ask on Monday and let you know.

Here is the link to the live camera of the Bald Eagle nest.

Click on the image to go to the live camera


Here is the information on the website… it doesn’t talk about the chicks.

But there is a conversation board up and the entries seem to indicate 2 babies.

Camp Roberts Bald Eagle Cam
Presented by the California Army National Guard Environmental Programs Directorate
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California Army National Guard Environmental Programs biologists chose this particular nest as it’s been used by bald eagles since at least 2003. Environmental Programs staff have employed a nest-monitoring program to document annual breeding activity and nest success since it’s discovery in 2003.

This nest and eagle pair are referred to as P-8 due to its location within the P-8 Training Area, however, the base staff affectionately refer to this nesting pair as “Ron and Nancy” in tribute to the former President and First Lady, President Ronald and Nancy Reagan. The massive nest is situated in a California sycamore tree adjacent to the Nacimiento River at Camp Roberts Training Base.

What you can expect on this camera
o The P-8 eagles generally start nest maintenance in late December/early January
o Egg laying usually occurs around late January/early February
o Egg incubation period is generally about 35 days
o Hatching usually occurs in April
o Fledging gets started in late June
o Fledging occurs over a period of time (it takes practice to become proficient at flying); fledglings will hang around for approximately 6-8 weeks after leaving the nest and the parents will continue to provide for them
o The P-8 eagles predominantly eat fish from the Nacimiento River, but have been observed eating dead California ground squirrels (Otospermophilus beecheyi) as well.

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