Back to the Pacific Side, Rancho Merced, Uvita November 13, 2015
One of the activities all the kids wanted to be involved in was horseback riding. Max was the only one who was not ecstatic at the prospect of spending time on top of a horse. Eli surprised us by not only wanting to ride, but wanting to have a horse of his own.
|Maggie took some time while they were getting the horses ready|
to bond with her animal. This is Maggie in her element.
|Eli was confident and happy. It has been so neat to watch the|
confidence and capacity of this boy expand. He is trying things
we would never have imagined he would be willing to do.
Maggie “Today I woke up and was so excited because we were going horseback riding. I got a pretty white horse, like my pen. Then we started on the trail. Once we got to the beach the guy asked if we wanted to gallop. Yes! We started and it felt like I was having my stomach go to my feet then my head! I LOVED it!”
Max was the only one who was willing, but not excited. We got to the beach and mostly out of peer pressure, or just mutual consent, he let his horse pick up the speed.
Max, "We rode and I discovered that my horse was pretty fast. It did use it on the beach. We raced and galloped and trotted. Then it bucked me off!"
We all became a little separated at our different speeds on the beach. The horse I was riding wanted to be at the very front and I took advantage of the expanse of open beach and let him run. When I stopped to turn around to check I could see Max was no longer on top of his horse. I raced back to find half his face and body covered in sand and tears. I desperately wanted to snap a photo but he was not in the mood and I opted for an appreciated hug instead. That is one of those moments I'll have to treasure in my heart the mental picture of his sandy crash and the readers will have to use their imagination. Imagine it funny, because it was hilarious! We dusted him off, gratefully there was no injury, and he bravely mounted another steed.
|One of my favorite part of the whole day was seeing|
Eli's memory recorded in his journal that night. He
has grown SO much!
|After our adventure at the ranch we stopped at a hotel/animal|
sanctuary to see the animals and catch a little bit of internet signal.
The view was fantastic!
|We met animals in recuperation including this|
amazing anteater. This one is a juvenile. It looks
awkward and clumsy, but it can climb trees
with incredible agility.