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post #11 of 33 Old 12-29-2011, 12:32 PM
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My dream is to travel to Europe one day, especially England! I hope that, granted I get to go, I will be able to ride while there. I'm from South Carolina, so we don't have a lot to offer as far as horseback riding goes. :(
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post #12 of 33 Old 12-29-2011, 12:33 PM
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I'm from South Carolina, so we don't have a lot to offer as far as horseback riding goes. :(
Go to Aiken.
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Go to Aiken.
You know, I've never been to Aiken before. Only Camden for shows, shopping (Tack Room), and hunter paces. I'll definitely have to look into it. Shamrock hasn't been off the farm since I got him.
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Mildot, it seems to me either way - fox hunting in the Uk or sailing in the Virgin Isles you've got it made.

Of course I could suggest you sailed in British coastal waters but the water would not be so blue nor so warm.

Happy New year for this year's vacation.
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...Of course I could suggest you sailed in British coastal waters but the water would not be so blue nor so warm...
One of my flying memories was going over a small cargo ship in the Irish Sea. We sent over at 300', and at any given moment, 2/3 of the ship was under water. I thought, "I would REALLY suck to need to eject right now!"

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Before I discovered horses I used to scuba dive - mostly along the south coast of Britain between Sussex and Cornwall. Many was the time that I would come to the surface after a dive only to find that I could not see the inflatable support boat.

There I would be, bobbing up and down, usually with a fellow diver - hoping that eventually the idiot who was driving the boat would come and fish me and my buddy out of the water. After about half an hour of just floating along with just our heads above water we would get cold - even in August and we would start to freeze. Talk about brass monkeys. My hands and feet would already be numb and slowly but surely everything would start to lose sensation - despite wearing a thick neoprene rubber suit.

It didn't make sense to try to swim to the shore -as it would mean loss of body heat so we divers just floated along and waited. And silently we prayed.

Obviously I was always picked up - eventually - but once or twice it was by a passing sailing boat. Luckily Cowes was just down the coast and that was the way the surface current would take us.

I took up horse riding because I reckoned it was a safer sport to pursue - until I discovered falling off.
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I would be there in a heartbeat! I love London, but one can only take so much. A month in the UK would be just a total dream. My mom is quite the Anglophile and she spent several weeks exploring the small haunts , many years ago. I would love to do the same and would be horseback as much as possible (given my husband has zero interest in horses)

I went to Scotland, years ago, and wanted to do "pony trekking" outside of Oban, but we happened to be there on a holiday (in spring) and they were not operating that day. We were only in Scotland about 5 days, out of a three week stay mostly in London.
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Before I discovered horses I used to scuba dive - mostly along the south coast of Britain between Sussex and Cornwall.
I grew up in the Caribbean, and kept on diving recreationally after I joined the Navy. The last time I went under in SCUBA gear was in 1992 while posted to a frigate based in Hawaii.

My next posting was to an aircraft carrier homeported in Bremerton, Washington State. With water temps never higher than the high 60s, my diving days came to an end right quick.

Sorry, too **** cold.
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I am sure it's a great place Barry, however when I travel I only go to places with oceans, beaches, palm trees & resorts. Yes, I rode a horse in the ocean on the same beach Bo Derek frollicked in movie 10.
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Quote "water temps never higher than the high 60s" - Oh man, in April in the English Channel we would be lucky for that to be the temperature of the air.
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