We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you a requested post from D, who has just informed me that he wants to go horseback riding in Yellowstone.
I will not be reflecting here on the multiple discussions already had on when future trips to the States would be taken… (Pittsburgh wedding in September? Minnesota in the Summertime? Upstate NY in the autumn?) and rather indulge his request in the hopes that he helps me finish packing before my move tomorrow.
However I will also offer a counter-proposal… Let’s suppose for a minute that we decide to take this trip before D’s next birthday, say, in September after a certain Pittsburgh wedding. And let’s imagine for a minute that we visit some Southern parks rather than Yellowstone…
Proposed national park trip – including multiple opportunities for horseback riding
Fly into Salt Lake City, Utah. Drive South to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.
Bryce Canyon – photo via Pinterest *One can horseback ride here.
Zion National Park – photo via Pinterest from National Geographic * Also here
Continue south into Arizona for the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon – imagine via Pinterest *And here
Head West to the Hoover Dam before settling in Henderson, Nevada (note – if we visit Dave, Belgium… then there is precedent to visit my namesake, Henderson, Nevada)
The Ravella Hotel – just outside Las Vegas in Henderson, NV – image from the Ravella Hotel
From there, head on south to San Diego… perhaps more specifically Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, CA – photo sourced via Pinterest here.
Beach horseback riding anyone? Image sourced from Pinterest via That Kind of Woman
Then, if one was really ambitious, one could drive up the California coast to San Francisco.
My hope is this has given David a bit of inspiration for future trips State-side… what all this horseback riding talk really has me wondering, however, is when we are doing this…
Horseback riding on safari – photo sourced here.