So, at one of the known ground bee nests, first field took off at a good clip. I held my field back just a few seconds so that if 1st field slowed down, my field would have time to clear the bees. Well that plan backfired. By the time we reached the 4 way intersection in the trail, where 1st field should have been was a cloud of dust!
Ugh. I went straight and by the time I had realized we were not following 1st field anymore, we were already back across the river.
I'm trying to think of where they could have gone when it dawns on me that they're at stirrup cup!.......which is at least 2 miles (ok, I might be exaggerating) in the opposite direction. Grumble.
So, off we went at a smart trot in (what I hoped) was the direction of the Goss's farm where stirrup cup is held. We got there, in a round about sort of way, thank goodness!
Phew! After that, bees or no bees, I was not letting 1st field out of my sight. :)
Here are some more shots of last Wednesday's hunt.
|Playful hounds at the beginning of the hunt|
|Beginning the hunt|
|Standing at a check. See the "fox"?|
|At another check|
|Moving off from a check.|
|Daatje is thinking "why am I not up with them???"|
|Hounds at the pond, cooling off|
|2nd field at the pond|
|Check at the cemetery|
|From the cemetery check, a pair of working drafts could be seen in the distance.|
|Not all of the hunt horses were ok with this set up. :) Daatje doesn't mind horses in harness.|
|Fall in New England is a beautiful sight.|
|Heading down to cross the river.|
|Daatje's view. (just after I took this shot, the appy ran right over yet another nest of ground bees!)|
|Off to the pond for a dip after another awesome day of hunting!|