Saturday, August 13, 2011

Staycation (continued)

The same day we went to Foxfire museum, we also went to Dillard House. Adam had been talking about taking me for years. He had come up here as a teenager. It was only 4 miles from the museum so it seemed like a good time to go.

I absolutely loved being back near the mountains and getting to see them. Mountains are my favorite things. I really miss living by them. These are tiny compared to my Western mountains but they'll do just fine.

There's a petting zoo there. They don't charge anything. There were a couple different kinds of cows, a donkey, chickens, a lamb but mostly goats. The goats could hop the fence and often did. They are so cute!!! This particular goat reminded me of Jack. Jack lays on the stairs just like that gray goat hanging out. I instantly loved him...and that cute little guy beneath him too.

The real reason for coming here was for a horseback ride. We chose the hour long river ride. It took us through their pasture where they retired to every evening after their work was done and through a river, actually walking through the river. At one point, we were in up to my ankles...which is pretty deep considering that was at the horse's stomach. This horse was docile and wasn't trying to break any land records like the other horse I rode. Also, because he wasn't running, it was actually fairly comfortable to ride him. All around, a much funner and better experience than last time.

I had a regular looking horse but Adam's horse was part draft horse, my second favorite horse, so I was really into him. The thing about him though was that he was the slowest horse...which was fitting since Adam moves very slowly. My horse wanted to pass him and kept trying but he was obedient and stayed in line.

It was very enjoyable. We even bought the picture of us riding back to the stables after the ride.


Andrea said...

Beautiful! Horses and scenery! love,andrea

Valerie said...

I wanna ride a horse someday. Good to know that the slow ones give a more comfortable ride. :)

Heather and Thomas Mann said...

I've only every been on a horse once. I was soooo nervous. Glad you had a good time. I love the pic of the two of you!

Tiff :o) said...

It was fun and I definitely enjoyed being in the mountains for the day.

Valerie, maybe one time I am out there, we can find a reasonably priced horse riding place to go on...and anyone else who wants.

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