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    Default mules & mattresses

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    Nice, but my mental picture while it was loading was kingsized Beautyrests...
    "I couldn't fix your brakes, so I made your horn louder."


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    Yeah, mules carrying mattresses is like "dog bites man." I was hoping for something more "man bites dog," like some mules taking a nap on a mattress.

    On a related note, I recall seeing a story once about how mules are used to carry the mail and deliver goods down to some village in the Grand Canyon (Havasupai tribe, maybe?). And I'm about 99% sure they showed a picture of a mule carrying a small refrigerator down the trail.



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    Mules can pack everything from pianos (modest sized) to cookstoves (ditto). Thousands of feet of wire cable can be transported by hanging an equal number of coils on either side of the mule, then proceeding to the next mule, until you run out of wire cable. Continuous loads like that fascinate me because there are so many things that can go wrong, taking that cable up mountain trails to the tram sites. They can also haul full-sized telephone poles with multiple mules, using pack saddles with swivels that accommodate the different angles as the mules take the trail.
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    I, too, was expecting something more exotic; but it was a nice story! I'd be very proud of my horse and myself if we had done that!
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    The washing machine and the stoves that they use at Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon were taken by mules.



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    i will see if i can find you some pics of mules *on* mattresses.

    or maybe matson will beat me to it.

    (i believe these same mules have toted a considerable amount of tree-clearing equipment (chainsaws and the like) up and down the mountains for these folks, too.)


    well sort of: http://stclairredmulefarm.blogspot.c...1_archive.html

    http://stclairredmulefarm.blogspot.c...ng-clinic.html
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