Hahahaha, second thread but I just HAVE to share the photos from our AMAZING vacation to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico at the beginning of February! My parents rent a condo so all we had to pay for were our plane tickets and excursions/foods/souvenirs! We went for a week and I was able to cross an item of my bucket list - we were able to find two relatively in decent shape ponies in Bucerias and go for a canter down the beach! It was SO blissful. We also booked a 5 hour ride through the Sierra Madre mountains - it was TERRIFYING. I haven't gone through all of the 300 pictures we took yet - none of them can accurately describe the INSANITY we endured.
Our guide took us to the very top of one of the smaller peaks - we were able to look out all across Puerto/Nuevo Vallarta. That was scary enough - the trail was only about two feet wide with a sheer drop on one side and some parts were almost totally vertical on loose rocks. We had some AMAZINGLY sure footed ponies. Coming back DOWN was heart attack city - our sneaky guide determined we were "experienced" enough and took us on the "let's see if I can make the tourists cry" trail. We literally climbed STRAIGHT down the side of the mountain. There WAS NO TRAIL. We were following an old stream bed! My knees didn't stop shaking for the entire hour it took us to get through the worst of the terrain - which was really bad considering you had to basically stand STRAIGHT up in your stirrups because of the severe angle it took our horses to climb down! There were times when our horses just slid down a rocky embankment on their back leg, stepping only with their front legs because it was so steep. I had blisters on my fingers from hanging on to the back of my saddle for dear life. At times the trail was LITERALLY inches wide with sheer drops on both sides. ONE wrong step and we would have plummeted to our deaths. All I could think was "don't you DARE have a heart attack on me hoss!"
But we survived! And had one heck of a story to bring back! I've actually been asked to write a piece about it for our local Dressage newsletter which is exciting! Anyway, enjoy the pics of our awesome vacation! And yes we are going back next year, possibly for two weeks!!
At the beginning - I am on Patricia, a roughly 16hhish TB/QH mare and Shay-la is on Confetti, a 14hhish mix breed pinto mare.
Going UP one of the rocky inclines
Looking down on Puerto Vallarta
Our guide Thomas and Shay-la at the top
At the very top!
Looking down on Puerto Vallarta. Just breathtaking!
Heading down - this is AFTER the hour long terrifying part. This hill is NOTHING. I'm not even holding onto my saddle anymore!
The beautiful mountains
Going down! You can see the stream bed gully we rode down most of the way. This must be a bit steeper, I'm hanging on again!
Heading down to the river
Yay we lived!!!
At the waterfall
Me and Patricia
Shay-la and Confetti