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Calaveras Mule Packers Challenge

We demonstrated gentle use camping and watched the bulldogging at the Calaveras Mule Packers Challenge in Angel's Camp on October 24 and 25, 2009.
All photos courtesy of Kathy Zumbrunn
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Dave Moser and Michael King set up the Gentle Use camp

Dave Moser and Michael King set up the Gentle Use camp


Dave Moser visiting with a future packer

Dave Moser visiting with a future packer


Dennis Serpa and Dave Moser checking out a crosscut saw

Dennis Serpa and Dave Moser checking out a crosscut saw


I ain't steppin on that!!!

I ain't steppin on that!!!
[Blue tarp simulates water, for mules to practice trail manners. Some mules are smarter and more polite than others.]


In the denture zone

In the denture zone


Hang on!!!

Hang on!!!


Turn this way

Turn this way


The calf's revenge is at hand

The calf's revenge is at hand


Bulldoggin'....sorta

Bulldoggin'....sorta


Man and lady in a golf card

Two mule ranchers with a "punny" name for their spread


The Gentle Use camp

The Gentle Use camp




Calaveras Mule Packers Challenge

by Michael King

The Calaveras Mule Packers Challenge was held October 24th and 25th at the fairgrounds in Angels Camp, California.

Saturday morning Dave Moser, Kathy Zumbrunn and myself met and traveled to Angels Camp to set up a `gentle use display'. Arriving at about 7:45 we made quick work of getting unloaded and constructing our outdoor booth. Dave brought up "Sparky" the iron mule and a lot of good items for a gentle use display. We also brought up tickets and a display board of the 4-wheeler quad that Mid Valley is raffling off. Kathy brought along the storyboard that she made up showing, in pictures, a recent Mid Valley event.

During the day while the various events were going on, several people stopped by to look at the display and to visit a bit. Among the Mid Valley members checking in were: Eddie Costa, Yvonne Lara, Dave and Darla Coehlo, Terry and Angela Johnson, John and Helen Thomas, Ric and Dee Richina, Ron and Debbie Dufour and Dennis Serpa.

I was not able to participate last year, thus I had did not have an idea of the comparative attendance. However those that were in the know said that the attendance was very good.

At the end of the day we broke down our display and headed down the hill towards home, all in all a successful day.

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