Blue skies, 75 degrees, nothing but trees and open land as far as the eye can see, the smell of farm animals....am I in Ohio?? Not quite - more like the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Ahhhh life is grand! Sam surprised me with horseback riding last weekend and it was awesome!! It's been years since I was last on a horse....I think Walloon Lake, MI would be it and that was at least 10 years ago if not more, but I love horses. I've always loved riding them and pretending I was a cowgirl in the wild west tearing across the open plains in the middle of some kind of suspenseful adventure....guess it would be my love of reading that planted that seed! Ha! If you've never been on a horse, I suggest you find the nearest riding stables and sign up for a trail ride. Even if you're scared, just do it; I think horses have a calming effect ~ they meld to their rider's style and before long, your body is moving in tune with your horse and you're relaxed, gliding through the forest or meadow.
My horse's name was Bunny (should have been "Stop-to-Eat-A-Lot") and she was beautiful....ran my knee into 2 trees, but still, she obeyed me pretty well and even let me kick her into a trot for the last part of the ride ~ Bunny was "lagging behind" and I thought it best to urge her along :) It was a peaceful ride over bridges, through small creek beds, and on many winding trails through the base of the mountains. What an amazing surprise and it was the perfect weather to be outside enjoying nature. Really looking forward to Fall and hopefully the cool weather to come!