Got out there a little later than I had hoped this morning. It was a nice day. The park is nice, the trails are nice, but they are the kind of trails where you need to take a friend (either that or just talk to your horse) because once you've arrived at the parking area, you've already seen just about everything you're going to see. It's all forest and doesn't change more than about 100' elevation in the whole park. The only time anything opens for a long view are several spots where the trails come up to the lake. No meadows, no running streams, no obstacles, nothing challenging. Just a nice, leisurely ride. Good for relaxing, not so good for a training ride. I would have taken some pics, but I was alone and one part of the forest looks pretty much like the rest.
They have wooden bridges in the park for hikers to cross streams (stream beds), but they route the horses around them. I decided to see how Penny would react to crossing a narrow wooden bridge for the first time, since it was about the only obstacle I could try her on. Absolutely uneventful. I was very pleased.
One thing I learned. Much of the park is oak forests. I hadn't thought about it much. This time of year the acorns are dropping and the trails are full of them. Not a good time for riding bare-footed. Going to have to look into boots or get her shod. I'd rather do boots. We had to take it pretty slow and easy today. Overall, I enjoyed it. Ended up being good for Penny's trailer training. No problems loading and unloading today. Getting better.