Wait, did I just say more fun than riding my motorcycle? Gasp!
It was awesome.
Since moving to the heart of horse country, I've been itching to ride a horse. Hubby and I went horseback riding about 20 years ago in the Baltimore suburbs, but it sucked. Big time. The location was just so-so. And all our horses wanted to do was return to the barn. So, in my mind, that doesn't count.
This Virginia horseback riding experience was a first for both Brianna and me. The location, which is just about 35 minutes from our house, was fabulous. We rode on the 4,200-acre Marriott Ranch. Yep, those Marriotts.
As it turns out, the founder of the Marriott Corp discovered a farm back in the 1950s, known as Fairfield Farm, that reminded him of his home in Utah. He bought it and gradually over the years purchased additional parcels of land surrounding Fairfield.
The original manor house, built in the early 1800s, is still in use today as the only bed-and-breakfast in the Marriott portfolio. The Inn at Fairfield Farm has gotten mixed reviews as a B&B. But, let me tell you, the exterior of the place is gorgeous.
|The Inn at Fairfield Farm|
|Recently-burned Baroness Cottage|
The Marriott Ranch is actually a working cattle ranch, with something like 1,200+ head of cattle.
You know what that means, right?
A picturesque barn...
|Barn at Marriott Ranch|
|How Now Brown Cow|
I just loved that cow/steer shot with the stormy sky as a backdrop.
There were even some babies laying amongst the grasses.
These pictures were taken late Saturday afternoon. Luckily we got our ride in before the freak storm front rolled through. You know, the one that has been dumping SNOW on many locations across the Eastern United States?
No snow here, fortunately. But it sure has been cold. Yesterday I don't think it got out of the 40s all day.
The front did make for some cool photos.
The next one is my favorite.
Hubby and I were actually riding in this area a couple of weeks ago. On Easter, to be exact.
I'll do a route post and provide a map soon. For now, work calls. Sigh...