As some of you know from Facebook, for the past month I've been asking anyone and everyone to join us on a ride to Mission Hill on October 12th! For not being a weatherman and just picking a day, we couldn't have been blessed any other way! The temps were 65 to 70, the color was at peak up on the Hill, there were 25 riders and the company was good and all the horses behaved! We took the same route as two weeks ago.
I have to say where we started it was blah to me and I was hoping the color would get better. As we rode farther to the north the color did get better. Some cantered along and then came back, some like me just hung out at the end of the line. It was all relaxed and so many of us needed that time.
It was a busy day at Mission Hill with tourists and wanting to see the color. As we all rode into the parking spot, mingling with the cars and people, you could tell some visitors were a little taken aback and maybe even scared, while others were in awe that we had that many riders all in one place. One gal told me she was jealous and I asked why and she said because she wants to bring her horse here and hasn't been able to yet and then asked if I knew a certain person and I told her yes and that she was sitting over on the lawn with her husband, that she was with our group. We ate our lunch and lounged around talking, mingling and taking in the view.
|The windmills are actually in Canada|
There is a very nice outhouse on Mission Hill and I had told people we could use the restroom on our break. I was astonished, dismayed and even giggled that there was a sign on the door and it was locked because of the government shutdown. There is no electricity and really if it had run out of toilet paper, I'm don't think it would have deterred anyone from using it if they really needed it. Thank goodness there is alot of woods around and we're all Yoopers!
We had talked of getting a group picture and were talking about where when all the cars left the parking spot in front of the wall, so we hurried and took up the whole spot and asked a few people to take our pictures. Unless there was panorama view on your camera we all could not fit in a picture, but here is one of most of us!
Just as we were getting ready to leave I looked down next to me and a horse had a leaf fall on his head. He definitely was not happy about it and almost looks like he knows we're laughing at him!
|Poor Smokey....this is the horse that got in the trash can about a month ago. Notice he's not doing that this time!|