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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Urban cowboy

We may live in America's largest city, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy a little bit of nature from time to time. Today, we ventured into Long Island, just beyond JFK airport, to go horseback riding in Hempstead. We went on an hour-long trail ride through lush woods alongside a lake. I hadn't ridden a horse in years, but having done lots of riding in my youth, it was like getting back on a bicycle.

Of course, trying to enjoy such an activity within striking distance of the big city, we spent more time in the car each way than we did on horseback, much of it in stop-and-go traffic. So was it worth it? Sure, I suppose. Better than sitting in the apartment all day. But maybe such an activity is better combined with an upstate weekend getaway in the future.




Blogger Cassie said...

Yeehaw! It was fun getting on a horse again (it's been over 10 years), but my butt is sure hurting today.

August 17, 2008 11:45 AM  
Blogger usamctwo said...

I want to know where your helmet is? I'm surprised they let you ride without one. Too many lawyers in the States....

August 19, 2008 12:58 PM  
Blogger Michael Strickland said...

Helmet, schmelmet! Would Roy Rogers or John Travolta wear a helmet? I think not! (unless it were shaped like a cowboy hat)

August 19, 2008 1:12 PM  

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