Dude Ranches and Horseback Riding: The Bucket List

Into the sea!

Horseback Riding into the Sea in Turks and Caicos Islands

Diamond had been rescued from a schizophrenic pothead on Provo, I learned. The standardbred horse sometimes takes issue with people at eye level, but he was a sweetheart once I took the saddle. Similar stories ride on the backs of the two dozen or Read More

Icelandic horses have long manes and thick coats.

Joining the Rettir, Iceland’s Annual Round-up of Sheep and Horses

I'd been driving aimlessly on a back road near the village of Sauðárkrókur in northwest Iceland when a group of parked cars caught my attention. Usually, cars on the side of the road meant tourists and something to see, like a waterfall. These Read More

Our chariot (Roberta Sotonoff)

Exploring Custer State Park, South Dakota

Custer State Park is big - 71,000 acres big. And, it's beautiful which is probably why it became a backdrop for films like "A Man Called Horse" and "Dances With Wolves." Winding roads pass lakes, lodges and lots of animals like bison and pronghorn Read More

Horseback riding at Hacienda Zuleta (©photocoen)

Horseback Riding to Ancient Pyramids at Hacienda Zuleta in Ecuador

"If you turn around you will see the entire row of pyramids," Alice said. I pulled lightly on the reins and Esthela immediately reacted, at which I quietly breathed a sigh of relief because truth be said, I was not so sure that she would listen to Read More

El Limon -- we're here!

Riding to the Domincan Republic’s El Limon Waterfall on a Horse

I am not a horsewoman. I did not grow up around horses, and they've always been a mystery to me. When people say a horse is nervous, or bad tempered, or skittish, I don't know how they know this, as I can't figure out a horse's mood when I'm near Read More

Bottom of 1,600 foot (487 metre) long water slide at Buena Vista Lodge, Costa Rica. The leather "diaper" is worn by women in standard bathingsuits so they won't scratch their bottoms while sliding down the concrete chute. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Taking Costa Rica’s “Mega Combo Adventure Challenge” in Guanacaste on the NW Coast

I am seriously short on attention span: It's not enough for me to just do a zipline or hot springs or ride a horse. I've gotta do them all, preferably on the same day. Enter Buena Vista Lodge & Adventure, located in Guanacaste in northwestern Read More

The adventure begins...

Horse-surfing in Bradenton Beach, Florida

My legs were quivering like tapioca pudding: I’m not going to lie to you. Nervous, yes. But also a reaction to pinning my knees into Winnie’s belly to avoid getting dumped into Bradenton Beach’s Palma Sola Bay. A.J., one of our personal Read More

Horseback Riding in Kauai

Horseback Riding in Kauai: Equestrian Adventures at Princeville Ranch

I am riding a horse in the land of a dragon. One slumbering dragon, by the name of Puff. You know, the guy from the land of Hanalei? Had a friend named Jackie? It's a real place, by the way, on the island of Kaua'i: a funky town with cool Read More