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Birthday trip to Colorado Pic blog #2

Saturday, July 06, 2013

So after a fun rafting ride I had scheduled an afternoon horseback ride in the Rockies. I figured for this trip I would pick stuff that I would like making sure that my DD and DH would like it too. Rafting was for the hubby and horseback riding was for the DD (since she has been riding for years).

We had lunch at the rafting place (which did not agree with me and I bloated up almost immediately) then headed over to the stables. I asked for a horse that had 2 speeds, slow and stop since I had not been on a horse in over 16 years since I sold mine to buy a house. Well, that's what I got, Domino. He basically only had one speed, super slow and for the most part that was ok.



My DD on her horse Patches


Hubby even had a good time on his horse Apache.


This was a beautiful ride and so peaceful. Just you, the horse and nature. The DD and the guide talked a bunch since they both ride a lot but for me and the hubby, just nice silence.

We went up to some ridges and back down some ridges and through some creeks. I did have to put full trust in the horse since parts of the trail were really rocky and narrow. Kept saying to myself that the horses first instinct is to protect himself so he would NOT fall 200 feet into the valley below. He has taken this route so many times he knows where he is going.






Went up this ridge


One of the creeks that we went through.






It was a great ride but was glad that it was only 2 hours. By the time we started heading back my right knee was killing me and I think it is something genetic. My daughters right knee was bothering her too and my mother says that when she rides, her right knee bothers her too, go figure.

I would highly recommend this day trip to anyone but especially to my MN spark buddies with kids since it was a blast.

Then to top off a great adventure birthday, I wanted to try a Brazilian Steakhouse for my birthday supper. Denver had 3 to choose from but 2 were downtown and I just did not want to mess with that so we decided to go to Texas de Brazil texasdebrazil.com/ . If you have never heard of this kind of steakhouse, they have about 15-16 kinds of meat that are slow roasted over open flames called rodizio style and gauchos come to your table and carve you off a slice of meat to try.

OMG a carnivores HEAVEN. They did have an appetizer bar that had some great stuff on there but I was there for meat and meat I ate. Filet Mignon, pork, bacon wrapped chicken (this was just ok), lamb chops (YUMMMMMMM) and then the best meat I ever tasted........Picanha, It was a season crusted meat that was so flavorful and tender it almost brought tears to me eyes. I cannot remember how many different kinds of meats that I tried but the hubby started to get the meat sweats and the daughter waved her white napkin that she was done and I just ate till I was full, not stuffed, just nice and full.

This was not a cheap diner but hey, it was my 40th birthday and we just spent a day rafting and horseback riding and I deserved it. Best meal I have ever ate.

So that's how I spent my birthday. We slept in the next day then went to the Denver Zoo since that was something that my SIL likes to do. It was just a little sad that she cannot really walk around the zoo or anywhere for that fact and we had to push her in a wheel chair. I vow to NEVER get to the point that she is at unless I am like 102, not 62.



Next blog.....my favorite adventure of the week....biking down Pike's Peak. Let's just say, I was in HEAVEN!!!!!!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/5/2013 10:08AM

    Again... beautiful pictures! I want to go to Colorado!

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MRS.CARLY 7/28/2013 12:29AM

    Beautiful pictures!

I've only been horseback riding once in my life, in Missouri, I LOVED It!! It was so fun and I was really sore the next day, I was like what the heck?

Brazillian food...oh yes...I love it. My husband is brazillian so every now and then we hit up the restaurant, nope it ain't cheap. usually winds up being 100 bucks just for me and him so it is for SPECIAL occasions. He tells me that he could get that same amount of food and probably even HIGHER quality meats, for less than 10 bucks in brazil! He said that it is a "poor man's meal"...all the rotisserie meats. I'm like whaaaaat???? Nothing poor about THAT food!

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_NONNIE02 7/13/2013 4:20PM

    What a FANTASTIC trip!!

We need to catch up. I want to know how you are doing!

I have been offline for about 3 months. Hope all is well, Nicole.

xox

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SPLASHDOG1 7/8/2013 5:18PM

    The ride looked so beautiful and peaceful! I think 2 hours in the saddle would have my thighs screaming for sure. lol! That Brazilian steakhouse sounds yummy - I'll have to keep my eye out for one!

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PINKBEANBOO 7/7/2013 6:26PM

    Neat stuff! Since you did stuff geared toward hubby & daughter, I'm glad you got to go biking. That is YOUR thing. I'm looking forward to hearing about it.

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CINDYTW 7/6/2013 11:12PM

  Glad you had a great time! Yes, I want to be active for a LONG time to come! My MIL is pretty much given up at 60 something too. I would much rather be like the 60+ year old spitfire I know at work that runs, still works, is very active and full of energy!

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WOUBBIE 7/6/2013 7:39PM

    Wow! How much fun that all sounds! Happy happy birthday!!
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(That's a Birthday Steak, in case you missed it...)

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