A little while ago Jackie mentioned the possibility of a morning trail ride in Mae Rim (about 1/2 an hour if Lukas is driving) and TODAY WAS THE DAY!! We headed out early this morning to the M-Place and had an amazing mountain-jungle tour organized by the Skill Center Chiang Mai.
My horse for the day was Dang.
We got all the horses ready and all the people ready and headed out for a trip through a beautiful tropical forest – bamboo and mango trees galore.
This picture does not do the beauty justice. This was magical. Much more vibrant than the picture portrays.
We stopped at the top of the mountain (some would call it maybe a bit more of a hill) for a much needed snack of fried chicken and croissants with ham and cheese and steamed sweet corn. All provided by Khun Ning – thanks Khun Ning!
Lukas was familiar with the route and at times would have Ning and I ride ahead and once we’d cleared the path he’d yell at Jackie that she could gallop and she and her horse would gallop up the trail to catch us. It was so impressive!
There were also many branches to avoid along the way and Lukas mentioned (maybe more than once) how handy it was that I’d managed to learn to bend down and touch my toes while riding so I could dodge these branches. And he was right.
Towards the end of the ride we came to a place that could have been right out of The Chronicles 0f Narnia – if The Chronicles of Narnia had been set in the tropics. We came into a bamboo forest where the sun was shining through and making everything all glowy. There were also mango trees and the horses were snacking on mangoes – their fill of mangoes. Horses can eat a lot of mangoes. We eventually moved on and ended with both Jackie and me (Jackie leading, thankfully) galloping to the end of the trail.
It was a wonderful day. A huge thank you to Jackie for a wonderful gift!