Last Thursday, Charles came out to the barn with me and we went for a hike in the park across the street. I wanted to show him the park I keep telling him about. Of course he brought the camera. I meant to post these on Friday, but got too busy doing other things.
|Exiting through the main gates|
|Up the long, long driveway.|
|Arriving at the end of the driveway and already looking to make sure no bikers or ginormous trucks are going to be flying by.|
|The safe shortcut into the park.|
Park maintenance has left this fence down so we can access the park through here without having to ride on the street to get to the park's main entrance.
|When we got too far ahead, we would turn around and trot or canter back to meet Charles.|
|Nice long-strided trot here!|
|They call this a Dutch angle in film.|
Charles (who has a film degree as well as his Biology AND his Nursing degrees...) did it on purpose.
|The larger of the two trailheads into the woods.|
Lately we've been using the second, smaller, more difficult route into the forest.
|"Why? Why do I have to hold still?"|
|That's more like it. :)|
|And cantering back. Check out her ears!|
(Charles was crouching by the trail with the camera and she was like, "WTF??!" lol)
|"Uhh I'm still not too sure about you."|
|A little bit of off-roading to go around some branches that were hanging too low over the trail.|
|The hidden pond after which this trail is named.|
|Cantering up a hill.|
|Love this one. Which is why it's the new banner photo. :)|
|All 4 feet off the ground.|
She tried to get quick and I half-halted her, which is why she's making a face.
We did 4.37 miles in 1 hour and 19 minutes; a shorter-length ride for Lily and me, but a decent hike for Charles. Average pace was 3.3 mph. So it might look like we did a ton of trotting and cantering, but we did a lot of walking inbetween (and some stopping and waiting, which was good practice for Ms. Impatience) so we could actually interact with Charles. He really liked the park and the river. I may have a horse lined up for him to borrow so he can ride out with me in the future. We'll see!