We were accompanied by Robbie, a personable college student, Big Al's summer employee. Big Al is a bona fide cowboy-- although it is definitely horses (he has 13) and not cows that he loves. He wore a black stetson, red leather-tooled boots with spurs (Robbie had awesome fringed chaps), and was not your average cowboy: he had visited 54 countries in the world, rode a mountain bike through Central America as a late teen (and was stopped 5 or 6 times by armed guerillas), has surfed off Nantucket and is doing just what he decided to do when he was 15: work with horses.
The ride was beautiful, early morning, through fragrant pines up to the point in the picture. I had expected my horseback riding to be in a gentle meadow. This was much better and far prettier. Loved