Guys let me tell you all about this one time I went on a horse and rode a jeep through Sedona, AZ.
I spent last weekend in Arizona and took a drive up to Sedona while there. Sedona is a beautiful little tourist town with red rocks!
I don’t know why I thought it would be a fun adventure to take a jeep tour into the Sedona rocky mountains! I was picturing this road through the mountains that the jeeps would drive through, a few stops, some quick pictures. Nice little tour.
What I got instead was, heated seats, on the back of an open jeep with 6 other people. Why heated seats when it is Arizona? Well, at such a high altitude, baby it was cold! And even colder driving around in an open back jeep! I was bundled up.
I quickly warmed up as we headed into the mountain area and saw there was no actual roads! It was these little tracks covered in huge rocks that we had to drive over! At one point we crossed over the skinniest trail overlooking a huge cliff! Yes my heart was hammering away which quickly warmed me up!
I believe the driver was showing us what a jeep can actually do. Because he seemed to enjoy hearing me swear over and over again. I will not be doing that again!
The next day at the crack of dawn we decided to do horse back riding on the trails. I am thinking okay this is definitely going to be better, with no jerking and being thrown around a jeep.
We got there early, Sugar Kubes and I, its about 45 degrees, with a brisk wind to our backs. First off, it smells, it smells really bad. Like this farm was built on poo not rock and roll!
Secondly, the horses was not clean! I mean they looked like they were rolling in the poo! I kid you not. Okay so this little Trini girl has never been on a horse. Up close those beasts are so intimidating! They give you a horse based on your weight. So I was paired up with a very calm, docile, lovable girl named Mary. She was in her early teens. Apparently they can live up to 25 to 30 years.
Now I am thinking there must be some bench or big rock that I can use to boost myself onto my saddle. Nope! No such thing at this farm. I had to hop around and hold onto my saddle and pull myself onto my saddle. When I finally got on my horse, holy hannah, it was high up! I kept thinking if I fall off this horse, its a long way down and I will be splat on rocks and poo!
I actually paid for this too! So the instructor gave us some brief instructions on how to go forward, turn left and right and stop the horse.
We started out at a slow trot. I was seriously shaking in my sneakers! And it had nothing to do with the 40 degree weather! We get out of the drive way and I take one look at the trail and said, yup I am going to die today! This poor horse had to go down a very rocky hill that looked like a mountain to me!
The horse in front of me kept slipping on the rocks and I kept saying my prays that Mary would not! We meandered our way through a lot of up hills and down hills all very rocky terrain. Did I take in the beautiful surroundings? No, because I was too busy keeping my eyes on the ricks in front of me.
When we got back and I was safely on the ground, my thighs was so sore, from squeezing the horse so that I keep from falling off to my rock poo filled death!
Would I do that again? If the terrain was smooth, maybe. And that is a huge maybe!
I think I am going to stick to cooking. Like these beautiful Spinach and Artichoke Pockets!
This I know and feel safe doing. You can totally use your own pita bread recipe and even your own filling recipe. I made these to take to a Christmas event a few weeks ago. It was so good! I mean who does not love warm pita bread with a dip! This is the best of both worlds!
Unlike that jeep tour and Horse back riding, where I can’t decide which was more scary!
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