One of the best things about the barn where Rev lives is its easy access to miles and miles of Aurora Open Space trails. Today, I joined a group of other riders for a lunch ride to Emil-lene's Sirloin House in the Star K Ranch area.Aside from me, all the other members of our group were accomplished endurance riders. Right at the beginning they asked me if I was ok with trotting, and I made the mistake of saying yes. Holy, moley! When endurance riders trot they really trot. And trot and trot and trot and trot!.
With so much trotting, I wasn't able to take as many pictures as I usually do...
Still, I managed to get some nice ones.
|Judy on Lucy|
The trails reminded me of those I rode during my youth in Southern California, with a mix of urban...
and rural vistas.
|A big blue heron scooped a fish out of this stream moments before I snapped the photo. We also saw a coyote.|
This photo was taken underneath Colfax Avenue.
Thanks to all the precipitation we've been getting lately, the trails were very green and there were lots of small water crossings.
|Diana and Guaranteed followed by Pat and Freeze Frame|
Rev did really well, and we were having a great if somewhat exhausting time (all that trotting!)...
until we reached our destination.
All the experienced trail horses were content to be tied up outside the restaurant,but Rev made it very clear that he was not ok with this plan.
Fortunately, there was another option. He didn't like this either, at least not at first.
Eventually though, he settled down and relaxed.
The restaurant wasn't much to look at from the outside, but the food was plentiful and surprisingly affordable.And you know, I pretty much like any restaurant with its own horse parking lot.
After lunch, we headed back to the barn, and wouldn't you know--we trotted almost the whole way home!
It's been decades since I've been on a lunch ride so this really was a treat for me. I am equal parts happy and exhausted--what a wonderful way to spend a day!