Remembering Western Travel Through Coloring

February 24th, 2016|

Have you heard about adult coloring? It’s the latest hobby for grownups. I discovered coloring when looking for a way to relax before bedtime. My mind tends to race, keeping me from sleeping. After reading that adult coloring quiets the mind, I gave it a try and my sleep quality improved.

When I color, my mind […]

Santa Barbara Beach Horseback Rides

January 13th, 2016|

Just outside of Santa Barbara, behind electronic gates and ivy covered walls, polo ponies and dressage horses wait to be groomed and fed. Their owners, grooms or trainers, dressed neatly in designer boots and breeches, concentrate on the stride of their horses hooves and the suppleness in their bodies. Travel a little further afield and […]

Montana Rocky Mountain Rendezvous

May 27th, 2015|


Climbing into Montana’s Bitterroot Mountain Range on horseback, I am pushed back in time to a journey with Lewis and Clark and their interpreter and goodwill ambassador Sacagawea. However, my journey differs greatly from this band of explorers. As an active adventure baby boomer, I am not heavy with child as was 16 year old […]

Rush Ranch: Solano Land Trust Treasure

May 6th, 2015|

If you enjoy off the beaten path adventures, pack the kids or the dog, and your binoculars and follow me to Rush Ranch. This over-looked treasure is a gold mine for history lovers, bird and wildlife watchers, as well as solitude seekers. I had the opportunity to visit Rush Ranch during their annual open house. […]

What to Expect on a Cattle Drive

December 17th, 2014|

What to expect on a cattle drive

What is a cattle drive? A cattle drive is a herd of cattle that need to be moved from one area to another for their survival or simply for tourist amusement on a horseback riding holiday. There are two different types of cattle drives; one being the few cattle […]

Scottsdale Horseback Riding MacDonalds Ranch

December 3rd, 2014|

Old MacDonald had a ranch, e-i-e-i-o. And on that ranch he had a farm…and so the story goes. MacDonald’s Ranch, in addition to pony rides, trail rides, train rides and gold panning, has a farm – with goats and chickens and miniature horses and donkeys – only they call it a petting zoo here in […]

California Cowgirl in Arizona

November 12th, 2014|

Arizona Cowboy College is the equivalent of sleep away camp for adults who want to play in the desert. No, this isn’t Burning Man. Instead, city slickers hoping to escape their corporate cubicles or experienced equestrians wanting to learn new riding skills will find their happy place beyond a gravel road in Scottsdale.

“I’ve been doing […]

Molokai Stampede

October 22nd, 2014|

It was on a horseback riding vacation in Lanai, Hawaii that I first learned of the Molokai Stampede. My Lanai riding guide, Cody Bradford, was wearing beautiful custom-made western chaps tanned from the hides of axis deer, unique to the Hawaiian islands of Lanai and Molokai. In his office I spied a hand tooled leather […]

Colorado Springs Horseback Riding

June 4th, 2014|

Hugh Trabandt pulls up to the Broadmoor clad in jeans and a white shirt with a brown sweater vest, his spurs jingle and sterling silver initials glisten on the side of his cowboy boots as they catch the light of the sun when he hops out of the pickup truck. His cowboy boots are covered […]