One of the greatest joys in life is to own a horse, but the other is to enjoy a great ride on that horse! We returned from a relaxing, wonderful eight day ride in Hartshorne Missouri, the first week in June. This is a real get away from it all place! There are no cell phones (wouldn't do you any good if you had one), no mail, and no work. The nearest store is...well I'm not sure and you don't really need one! It is eight miles from the nearest blacktopped road and if you want to cross the creek you drive through it! For the trail riding enthusiast just let me say it the way Big Creek's pastor summed it up that week: "Where else can you ride much as you want and eat as much as you want everyday?!" There are great people and good food, but along with that there are nice wooded trails and open fields that take you through the Ozark mountains. There is a lot of history here and the family of Big Creek can tell you all about it. Old homesteads, school houses, and cemeteries all have an interesting story to tell. The prices are very reasonable and I will promise you that for some good family fun you will not be disappointed. One of the most interesting days out on the trail was the day that we were caught out in a storm. It thundered, lightning flashed, and poured down. But that wasn't all...it also began hailing pea to quarter sized hail! We were way too far from camp to escape it, so we had to find shelter under the trees from the hail. Under a tree isn't exactly the best place to be when it's storming either! But we made it back and the scene was just spectacular! Fog was rising up out of the foot hills and created a fairy tale land frosting the ground with a wispy mist. I captured it all on camera and took some of the best photos I have ever taken! Unfortunately I lost those photos to a technology glitch, but it is none the less a day that will be forever etched in my mind. Wow what a week!
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