Harness? What harness?
Today's grey and drizzley weather should have driven me into the studio for a marathon tackmaking session. Instead, I found myself making an impromptu day trip to Colorado Springs with my friend, Carol.
We planned to spend our time hiking the Manitou Incline and visiting the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Instead, we ended up at the Air Force Academy and Old Colorado City.
Don't ask. Just go with it.
Anyway. This is the entrance to the US Air Force Academy.Located on thirteen thousand acres of forest land with elevations reaching more than eight thousand feet, this is a ruggedly beautiful area filled with wildlife. I was hoping to see a bear or a mountain lion, but had to settle for a single deer. Oh well!
We were good little tourists and went to the Chapel...
and the Cadet Area.
However, our itinerary--such as it was--also included one of the USAFA's less famous attractions...
the Equestrian Center!
We drove to the rental office to get information about the rides.
The prices are surprisingly reasonable, and you get to go out without a guide. We didn't have time to ride today, but it's going to happen. Trust me on that.
We spent some time walking around the rest of the Equestrian Center. This trio of beggars live right next to the rental office.
These barns are filled with horses belonging to active duty military families, retirees, DOD Civilians, and cadets.
The sign says please don't. TJ's face says please do.
Because this is a military base, every building regardless of size is numbered. This is the judge's stand next to the riding ring.
According to the sign...
this pretty barn is used for quarantine.
These are the current residents.
I really, really enjoyed my unplanned visit to the US Air Force Academy.
I can't wait to do it again, and next time I wearing my riding boots!