Cindy and I are planning to go down the Grand Canyon on mules this October. It is something I have wanted to do since I was a little kid. We have been working on weight loss goals so we do this. We recently met our interim goal and decided to go horseback riding to celebrate. I had a horse when I was in high school and have had the occasional opportunity to ride since. It doesn't make me an expert, but I am not afraid.
Cindy has really never ridden more than a 10 to 15 minute being led around as a kid. She was a bit apprehensive. So the goal was to get Cindy a little more comfortable with the idea and enjoy a beautiful morning!
We got Groupons for Spur Cross Ranch. It's a beautiful area on state land, just North of Cave Creek. We had hiked there in the past and I had thought that if I ever rented a horse, this is where I would like to go.
They have a mounting dock!! A great plus, as getting on was one of the things I was concerned about. Of course, don't think they will have that at the Grand Canyon.
They gave me a mule named Fred. He was a great ride. Sure footed, biddable and who can resist those great big mule ears?
We crossed and road a little on some of the old Butterfield stage route. Interesting info that comes with a guide.
I had seen this house before, but didn't realize it was also from the 1880's. It was a perfect morning!