Sunday, August 10, 2008

Happy Trails 2008

What a treat! This weekend for Tristen Ure and Steve Hazy's birthday, a few friends headed down south and hit the open road . . . on horseback! Miss Hobbins did some research and found this fantastic ranch down in San Diego called Happy Trails just north of the Mexican border that offers horseback rides on the beach. Incredible! Here are a few fun pics from our exciting day . . .

The morning started off early as the crew met up at Hazy's for a Cowboy breakfast!

The birthday kids. I'm pretty sure this picture was Tristen's present to Steve!

Tristen was so thoughtful and packed us all a goody bag full of classic candy like Abba Zabbas, Fun Dips, Fireballs, and Bubble Gum Cigarettes.

The Ranch was literaly a stones throw away from Tijuana. It really added to the day's sense of adventure!

Who knew Tristen was such a cowgirl!

I felt a real connection with my horse Midnight. When I was a little girl I would always go to Rawhide Ranch for the summer with my Indian Princess group and my horses name there was Midnight. Lucky pick I guess!

Tess & Mark getting ready to saddle up.

Ready for the 3 hour ride ahead . . .

At times I felt like we were in the jungle somewhere.

The birthday girl serenaded us with country tunes throughout the trip. She loves to make us laugh.

Nice horsey.

The birthday girl. Hammin' it up again.

Pure entertainment the whole way through.

Me: "Why does the beach look so far away?"
Tour Guide: "Because it is."
Me: "Oh . . ."

Riding along the open road.

The U.S./Mexico border. Thats TJ on the other side of the wall.

Yeeeeeeha! We made it to the beach.

Tristen was lovin' every minute of it.

Perfect day for a ride through the sand.

I was in heaven.

I felt like we were on the set of a movie.

Doctor Cardall loving the ocean air.

Our tour guide teased us by galloping through the water. Rude! I wanna do that!

The "fisters" (fake sisters). My favorite shot of the day.

The U.S. Border Partol was set up on the beach with their 4-wheelers and jet skis. We were lucky enough to watch a real live capture of two illegals. So exciting! Definitely a highlight of the day!

I wish they would've let us get a little closer to the Tijuana border but apparently it was too dangerous.

God bless America!

So surreal!

Group shot before we headed back.

What an incredible day! Happy Birthday Tristen and Steve!


Marcy said...

Oh my gosh, what an amazing thing to do! What great shots you got. I'm glad the birthday girl and boy + friends had a great time! Seriously. Your life looks SO fun!

Merzy said...

giddy up! i think the last time i went on a horse i was 10 and we went around and around in a circle :).

i just got here like 1 hour ago. BOOM! i think we might go to greiner's institute tomorrow...anyway we'll have to get together this week, you lovely person!

Christa Jeanne said...

Haha, I've been checking back for this post ALL day. What a blast! And yes... that totally DOES look like a scene from a movie!

Brooke W said...

that seriously looks like so much fun! I want to do that! How awesome!!

Jones said...

Okay how fun! I want to do that. That did look like something from a movie! You are always doing such fun things!

JJ, Mands, and Lil said...

Your life is just way too fun. I secretly live through your life while ahhhing at your blog. Looked like such a fun trip and something I totally want to look into doing someday. You looked like a natural on that horsey!

Jessica Reeves said...

That looks like so much fun!! I'm very jealous! I've always wanted to ride a horse on the beach! You are always doing fun things - I'm jealous!!

Florene said...

Oh, my, Aubrey! What an incredible day! Takes me back to when I was a teen-ager and we used to ride horses on the Santa Monica beaches! Aren't they wonderful?


Laura said...