Trail ride

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Last evening at dinner, a lady came to my table and introduced herself as the trail boss and to ask me about delaying the start of our 2 hour trail ride from 9 to 9:30. She said she had a load of hay coming in that she'd have to unload first. A half hour delay was not a big deal for me, but I told her I would be more than willing to help her unload the bales of hay. She wouldn't think of it, but I REALLY would have helped. I think I'm still a pretty good hand at pitching bales, plus I like to be helpful and useful. 

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So, in the morning I wandered down to the stables and she was waiting for me, the hay hadn't arrived after all. It was just the two of us, and having the horses already saddled, I mounted up on my horse, "Pepsi" and set out for the ride. These kinds of trail rides are at a walk and single file, so not much effort on my part, just sit up tall in the saddle and get another perspective of the scenery.

We did some fairly steep climbs up to the same points I had gone on the ATV, but at a slower pace, I was able to see it in a different way. I originally had wanted to do a 4 hour ride, but now was glad to do just 2. I wasn't sore (butt), but my right knee was getting sore, Lisa (trail boss) said it was because of how we ride, but I think my inner knee kept rubbing against the saddle. Much to my relief, the discomfort ended once I walked away.

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At the Rec Barn a group were doing the rock climbing activity, on the side of the barn where I was to do my practice rappelling. Zack was there and seemed happy to see me, as I told him that I did the ATV ride yesterday as my alternative. He did try to get me to do the rock climbing, but I was content to watch the two young men as they tried tackling the climb. Their mother and grandmother were there also and all were a very friendly and engaging family. 

The rest of the day, I did nothing but some reading and searched for motels in the Bryce Canyon area. 

Tomorrow morning I check out of here, Zion Ponderosa Ranch, and will go to Bryce. I hope to get in a hike for the day, will stay overnight nearby and then, on Sunday, start on my way back to Phoenix, or, if something else catches my fancy, I'll head for there instead. Each day until I finally end my trip will be a secret, even to me.