6.07.2008

A Weekend at the Black Sheep Inn - Part II

Now that I realize how many pictures we have from this trip, I think it may be better to break it up into 3 parts. For now, here is Part II...

After the dance performance, it was almost time for dinner. Each night, dinner was served family style. Everyone staying at the Inn gathered in the main cabin for a delicious vegetarian dinner. (Ronnie was thrilled with the lack of meat). Both nights, we met some interesting people...all with very different stories. We met a writer from Canada who travels to S. America often, this time he stopped at The Black Sheep Inn to get away to clear his head for writing. We met a couple from Switzerland who quite their jobs to travel for a year. I think they were on month 8 of their travels. We also most some other Americans and some Brits. Everyone was very friendly.
On day two of our trip, Ronnie and I scheduled to go horseback riding. The guide picked us up around 9:30 a.m. and the trip would be 4 hours. The route we took was up to a local cheese factory then through a cloud forest. I can only remember riding a horse once in college so I was a little nervous. I asked the guide if they horses were calm and if we'd be going slow. He assured me "yes" for both. Off we went...So, initially we went at a nice steady pace along the mountain roads. Eventually, I think the guide was anxious to speed things up. He occasionally would whip Ronnie's horse to speed him up to a trot, which would get my horse to speed up, as well. It was an uneasy feeling, but once I got the hang of it, it wasn't so bad. Not too long after that, the horses started galloping. That, I didn't like so much! Again, after getting used to it, it was ok. (Ronnie was so proud!) Unfortunately, my horse always wanted to be in the front of the group. Even if it meant he had to walk along the very edge of the road (with a very high drop to the side) to get to the front of the pack. Not very settling for me.
We eventually made it to the cheese factory. It was not the nicest place, and unfortunately, the people weren't very welcoming, but we did get to watch the process for about 10 minutes. (No pictures allowed.) The cheese at the inn is from this factory, so we decided we would try some when we got back. After the long ride to the factory, we were ready to head back to the inn. We told the guide we didn't need to do the full walking tour of the cloud forest.
On our way to the forest, we had to ride through some very narrow and muddy paths. Of course with my horse being in the front, Ronnie could see him slipping every so often. I just hoped he would fall over and fall on top of me!Once we got to the could forest, our guide tied the horses up and took us for a walk to point out some of the interesting parts of the forest.He pointed out some medicinal plants, then took us to some orchids that were absolutely gorgeous!The weather seemed to get worse and worse as we headed back. Luckily it never really rained, but all the moisture in the air got us pretty soaked nonetheless. When we got back, we ordered our cheese platter and warmed up in the cabin.Later on we caught back up with Brent and Rachel. The guys decided they wanted to try the zip line.
After Ronnie and Brent did it, I decided it didn't look too high or too long, so I'd give it a try.It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be!


That's all for now. I'll add Part III soon!

2 comments:

Mom said...

Wow, what an adventure. Looks like you guys are making the most of your time in Ecuador.

Love and Miss you Both!!! xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Wow that was so neat,What an exciting life, Life away from home is not so bad.
Love you both
Grandma xoxoxoxox

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