Sometimes we get in a rut and do the same things over and over. Everyone has their rut, for me it's riding my bike almost every day. For the past few weeks Heather and I have tried to do something different on at least one day during the weekend. Let's be clear, I still got my bike rides in but they were just a little shorter. A man can't go cold turkey on his rut.
The past few weeks have involved visiting museums, so last week we decided to do something active and outside. While searching around I found the Ojai Valley Trail Riding Company and booked a sunset horseback ride.
We headed up to Ojai a little early so we could have a picnic on the ranch prior to the ride. Since I'm a city boy the idea of having a picnic and walking around a ranch looking at the animals is a pretty big departure from the norm. The ranch didn't disappoint. In addition to all the horses they also have cows, pigs, goats, bunnies and peacocks. Plus, the not-so-rare busted-down farm truck.
After the picnic we headed out on our ride. While Heather has experience riding horses, I'm what you would call inexperienced. This was only my second time on a horse in the last, oh ok, ever! Our guide, Linda, made sure to put me on a horse that could basically handle himself. My job was just not to fall off, which I did quite well I must say.
Our ride was fun and the sunset ride idea was a great one. We were treated to a beautiful sunset as the sun went down over the mountains. I would definitely go back and this time I would do a longer ride, the one that goes to the top of the mountains.
Here's to trying different things and exploring. Even in your own neck of the woods there are always new thing to try.