The Ride Not Taken
by Carol Beutel
When Jennifer asked me if I was interested in riding horses on the beach in the Netherlands, my answer was an enthusiastic yes! In our many years of friendship, Jennifer and I have have gone on many trail rides together, including Chatfield State Park when the temperatures where hovering around zero, the US Air Force Academy where we were allowed to ride on our own and, of course, the trails near Kenlyn. In the last year, I have gone riding twice without Jennifer, once in Croatia...
and once in Texas!
When asked to rate my riding ability, I usually say a little above average. I’m not afraid and can follow the usually mellow directions and just enjoy the scenery from the top of my mount.
|on Rev in 2013|
|Watching a group of riders leave the barn|
I could see the beach but needed to find someplace to park my car.
This was more difficult than I expected, but eventually I parked and started to hike in.As I walked, I looked for horses. I found some but not the right ones.
I also found bikers, hikers,
and even a Santa pole!
I walked and walked. I started to wonder if I would ever catch up with my friends, or if I would even be able to find my way back to my car.
Then in the distance I saw a large group of riders!
After they were gone, I walked down to the beach.
I watched the waves and the people...and the dogs.
Then I turned around and retraced my steps back to my car.
Overall it was a great day. I hope to go back and explore this area again, hiking or jogging on the beach instead of by horseback. I’ll leave that for the more experienced riders, which is clearly not me!