A Perfect Day

As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved horses. As a little girl, I dreamed of living on a ranch, and having horses of my own to ride whenever I wanted… But my life path was full of many different twists and turns to say the least, all of which I am grateful for. Because, every step I took, and everything I did in my life, made me the person I am today, and brought me to where I am today, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I didn’t have a horse when I was growing up, and as an adult, I couldn’t afford to own a horse, and still can’t… but that never dimmed my dream of living on a ranch with horses…

What I’ve learned is, when you keep your dreams alive, and never give up on them coming true, some way, some how.., God, the universe, and life… will lead you to your dreams… I know that because I’m living my dream life right now… and everyday is “a perfect day” for me now. Here is but one example of how I’m living my dream life after retirement…

Bill and I work/camp at San Tan Mountain Regional Reserve Park in Queen Creek Arizona for the winter months. This park has over 10,000 acres of land, and over 20 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails… We love it here, and we have made friends with all of our co-hosts, co-workers, and venders here at the park.

Last week, on one of our day’s off, we  started out our day with a “cowboy/cowgirl breakfast of potatoes, onions, peppers, sausage, and an over easy egg on top of a skillet breakfast… We don’t do this everyday, but we do enjoy this once a week…

Perfect Day

It was a picture perfect day here at San Tan Mountain Park as you can see by this picture below…

Perfect day 5

Well, guess what…? San Tan Mountain Park is “THE PLACE” for horse folks, and they come in droves… The picture below shows the early arrivals… but let me tell you the lot you see will be FULL of horse trailers and horses on any given day and this is all happening just outside our motorhome fence that you can see… So lucky me… I am living my dream of living with horses (I may not own the “ranch”, but I live here from Oct-may) and that’s all I need….

Perfect day 4

And, just to make life even sweeter…, Matt, the owner/operator of MD Ranch, is contracted with the park to provide trail rides for park customers… and guess what??? Matt told us whenever we want to go on a ride with him all we have to do is let him know…

We never want to take advantage of Matt’s generosity, but he often just asks us if we would like to go on a ride with him…. Well, if he asks, I don’t have to be asked twice… I’m getting my riding pants, and shoes on, and out the door as fast as I can… Which is what I did last week when Matt asked us to go on a two-hour ride with him…

These are Matt’s horses which are just outside our fenced compound on any given day… Did I mention I so love horses and wanted to live on a horse ranch….? Is this not the next best thing for that life dream…?

Perfect day 2

This is Matt, getting his horses saddled up for the two-hour ride he invited us on… Matt is 39 yrs old and owns the MD Ranch that is contracted with San Tan Mountain Park throughout the winter/spring months. Then, he goes to Oregon where he has a ranch and many, many, more horses… Matt is VERY accomplished in his field, he has trail horses, rodeo horses, breeding horses etc. He also competes in events and has won many, many  times… We love our life here on the “dream” ranch… and we love Matt…!

Perfect day 3

When Matt invites us to ride, he will never accept payment ($30-$50 plus per person an hour depending on the ride…) but we always give him a nice tip, and I scoop his horses poop around his trailer at the end of the day just so he doesn’t have to do that after a long day on the trails… I don’t mind one bit because I’m living my dream of having horses in my life…,and having the “perfect day” EVERYDAY…!

And the ending to the “perfect day”  for me, was, when a gentleman, our age( me and Bill),  said to me as I took his payment at the window with Bill standing behind me said, “did anyone ever tell you “your smile could melt Alaska..?

What a perfect ending to a perfect day!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bill
    Feb 11, 2016 @ 01:02:41

    We sure are having fun out here,Matt is a very nice man. Let me tell all of you that Virginia is one hell of a poop scooper she did a great job,I just love that gal.

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  2. Ellen Kaufman
    Feb 11, 2016 @ 03:58:07

    You know it seems everyone of my nieces in love their horses. You, Tammy, & Jenny! Now I don’t if the boys are wrapped up in them, but I will tell my son, Eric is like a Horse Whisperer. He love them. He horse ferrer and has his own business in Columbus . I think he got bug a long time ago as young boy when he would go to his Aunt Katy’s farm for summer vacation. So glad your having a chance to enjoy one of your dreams . Makes me feel good you can enjoy that love. Nice that Bill enjoys it too.
    They are a beautiful animal .
    You have a wonderful friend there with Matt! Love you guys.
    Happy Valentin’s Day ❤️😘

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    • beyondcinderella
      Feb 11, 2016 @ 12:52:33

      I know Tammy and Jenny love horses and have grown up with them, and I remember you saying that your son, Eric, is a horse ferrer and owns his own business… I think horses are so beautiful, and majestic, and I just love being around them. I think there is noting more relaxing than riding a horse through the desert on a beautiful day. Love and hugs to all. xoxo

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  3. gotham girl
    Feb 11, 2016 @ 04:16:04

    I love that you two are living the dream…you little pooper scooper you! Love you two! xoxoxo

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