Saturday, February 26, 2011

Me On Horseback in Arizona...

Hello Everyone,

Yes, that is right, my son convinced me to go horseback riding in the desert. I have to say that, it was a good day.

We started here at the ranch in Saguaro Lake. Just a beautiful area.


The horses were big! But I guess I knew that. Since I never had the chance to actually get on one, I never realized how BIG they were, but beautiful.


Really beautiful animals that were going to carry us for 1.5 hours through mountains and ravines. Pretty amazing when you think about it.


Here we are getting ready to ride. My son and I, ready willing and able!


The scenery was gorgeous throughout our journey. But I do love the desert terrain. My horse did stumble twice. I wasn't flustered, just hung on and he got right back up.


Here we are on our horses... Bert and Mesquite. I kept calling Mesquite, Mackenzie. I don't know why, must be that I just liked that name, who knows? But he responded to me no matter what I called him.

Notice in between us the beautiful Four Peaks. They actually had snow on them. I am so glad they were far, far away! You can also see a bit of Saguaro Lake below us. We were up pretty high. That meant we had to come back down.


Back at the ranch, I took a photo of our trusty young guide Ken. He was truly a great guide!! Thanks to my son too for suggesting that we do this, it was a great day!!

Next up... an ATV tour!

Until Next Time...

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19 comments:

julieQ said...

That looks like so much fun!! I hope you are havng a wonderful time!!

Barbara said...

Jackie

When you return home and get a good look at the photo of you and your son on horseback, you will realize that it is a life-long keeper of the memory - what a marvelous photo !!

You are a LONG way from home and so happy !

Stephanie said...

All that sunshine and blue sky. Reminds me of my desert roots, cactus and all. What a fun day!

Donna said...

Looks like wonderful fun. I haven't had the opportunity to ride in years. You look fantastic on the horse!

Rumi said...

What a great experience. Looks like you had a lot of fun! I have never been on a horse--maybe someday...

Anya said...

Looks like a fun mother/son outing!

karenfae said...

what fun, I have only done that once and it was years ago.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Nedra said...

You've never riden a horse before? Welcome to the Wild, Wild West.
When I was a young I wanted to be a Cowgirl when I grew up.
Did you walk like John Wayne for a while after you got off?

Donna~~ said...

I believe you need to be buying yourself a cowboy hat!

Shirleyquilts said...

You look like a natural on horseback, Jackie. I can't believe that you've not been on board before. Had Brian ridden before this trip? (Mackenzie was Kirk's dog....perhaps that's where you got the name?)

dutch sisters said...

Looks like you've never done anything else! Whauw!

esblack said...

What city is Saguaro Lake near? My parents spend the winters north of Scootsdale/Phoenix and it is beautiful out there. We've done the horseback trail riding thing and the ATV thing (in Tonto National Forest). And there's great hiking (at any level) and birding and sunrise hot air balloon rides-- ENJOY!! Hope you're having fun out there! I read about a great quilt shop in Scottsdale recently in a magazine. Have a great, relaxing vacation!

Carol from Panama said...

Wonderful photos Jackie - looks like you are having a great time in a beautiful part of the country. Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Glad you're having a great time! We're in FL for awhile. Sun and warmth is good, yes???

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Happy trails! everywhere we go we have to do the horse back riding thing... I dread it... but we do it... and will in PERU too! hahaha
looks like you guys had fun!

Sherri said...

You're definitely in the desert! Looks like what I'm so accustomed too...although I am more partial to green trees and shrubs than the desert landscape!

RETRO-fabulous said...

Oh Jackie! Looks like some serious fun in the sun. We switched over to heavy rain but I'll take it over snow & ice any day.
All my best,
Heather

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

My first reaction to your photos?? You are so TINY! And your horse is so BIG! Looks like a great time. =)

Denny1600 said...

I'm so proud of you going horseback riding! I live in Arizona and am pretty chicken. I should go out, though, and try it again.

Not to rub in in, but it's 57 degrees right now in southern Arizona, heading for 80 today.

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