I went on my first horseback ride this past weekend!
As I mentioned last Friday, my college buddy, Sonya, and her three kids, spent the weekend with us, making a stop in the middle of their 6,000 mile summer roadtrip. Aside from catching up with Sonya and getting know her kids all over again (they've grown alot since I last saw all of them over two years ago), my favorite part of their visit was a two-hour horse ride that included a cowboy-style dinner.
We made the two hour drive up to Estes Park, an amazing part of the Rocky Mountain National Park, to get to the stables. Our horseback ride started at 4:30pm, just as the beautiful summer skies started to cloud over (totally normal summer weather in Colorado). Fortunately, we all packed jackets/rain gear in case of rain, which we did have to pull out during the ride.
I enjoyed the horseback ride more than I expected. I know the kids loved it -- my three-year-old son could not stop talking about his horse and everyone else's horse. My husband rode double with our son (you have to be at least five to ride alone), while the rest of us had our own horses. We were our own party, with six horses and seven riders. After 90 minutes of riding, we arrived at a stable where dinner was waiting for us (steaks, potatoes, beans, and garlic bread). We ate quickly, and then got back on our horses for a 30 minute return back to where we started.
Have you been horseback riding? Is there something on your bucket list that you hope to do sooner than later?