No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill

Monday, July 6, 2009

Shawnee National Forest the Trailriding Capitol of Illinois

Well my husband did it again! He took me on yet another wonderful horse adventure! Most people probably spent their Independence day lit up with fireworks, but not us! We loaded up the trailer with a promise to me that it would be breath taking scenery that I would fall in love with. Now I am not a skeptic, but he has told me that many times since I've met him and with all the beautiful places he has taken me and all the cool places I have now been with him I thought it impossible to happen yet another time! Shawnee National Forest nestled between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers was our latest destination. The short clip above is just a small taste of how serene and tranquil this place is. All you can hear are the sounds of the forest and the soft clip clop of hooves. Awh to go back....oh we will be back! rolling hills, deep rocky canyons, caves, and giant rocks are just a few of the grand sites to see. Waterfalls, springs, and crystal clear streams are also present. There are several landmarks to see as well...Indian Kitchens, Jackson Hole, Secret Canyon, and Garden of the Gods just to name a few. There are many different horse camps to accommodate a trail rider in the area, but this trip we chose Hayes Canyon. Endorsed by RFD t.v. as Best of America by horseback. The camp ground hosts are very helpful and friendly and the camp ground is neat and well cared for. It is just feet from the small village of Eddyville a real trip into a Norman Rockwell picture! It was only 4 days of pure fun, but it was well worth it! And yes again we got caught out in the forest in a down pour. What would a ride be without rain?? Can't wait to go back!


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    Love the pictures.

  2. Carson is loving these pictures. He especially likes the video of Keith riding the horse.


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