After all the visiting, it was time to head for the hills
Uncle David suggested that we all go for a trail ride while we are in town … and we jumped at the chance. In truth, while Melissa and I have both been on horses several times it has been a while (plus ten years) and we have never been on true “trail ride” before. Excited, we loaded up the horses and headed for the hills … the Kananaskis that is.

It was so nice to be back home
Once in the mountains we unloaded the horses and saddled up. Unfortunately we only had two horses so we had to take turns. But … who’s complaining. Joe got his first ride on a horse with Uncle David … I am sure this will be the first of many. Melissa took the first trail ride as I stayed behind to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the surrounding area.

“… and this is the way the cowboys ride …”

Been a long time … but to be back in the saddle again
Melissa returned from the 1.5 hour excursion and David and I took to the trails. We first crossed the river before heading up into the back country. The 3.5 hour trek took us through the river, up the rocky trail, and into the fields. The path was wet and muddy due to the rain and flooding of recent, but we pushed through … and it was worth it. And it got us in the right mood for the Stampede which opened today with the parade … yee-haa!!!

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