I'm one of the fortunate few who has been able to ride all around this country. West Coast to East and much in between.
I joined a Facebook group a few months back called Horse Trails and Camping Across America and I will tell you that I drool over the pictures people post! Places I've never heard of before with fantastic views and enchanting colors.
I'm still drawn to those hills and mountains though. I love the landscape of the rolling trees in the distance and I know I love the thrill of the climb and descent. It's now been a few years since I've had a good trail ride like this and I'm really itching for it!
Even seeing all of these pictures and hearing everyone's stories, my number 1 on my bucket list is still Big South Fork in Tennessee. I've been trying to pull together a trip for probably close to 10 years now and something always happens (darn pregnancies!) to waylay it. There are several places to camp and keep the horses and I've yet to decide where, and it seems I have time as I won't be going this year either.
Now, today, I am packing for a trip to Mora, MO. I've been through Missouri in my many travels, but never TO Missouri. I'm looking forward to a week of new friends, horses, shopping and clinicians. Unfortunately this is literally the first time I've ever done a cross country trip without the horses. It seems so odd not to be scrubbing the trailer, filling with fresh shavings and hay. No counting water buckets and checking for chains.
Instead I'm double checking sippy cups and bottles. Do I have enough blankets and toys? I am looking forward to this adventure and to making memories with my mom and kids (God bless my mother for still following me on my crazy adventures).