When Was The Last Time…..

….you did something for the first time? (Catchy song by Darius Rucker.)

Well, I did something for the first time on Friday.

My friend, Donna, treated me to a trail ride for my birthday.  We had scheduled it for  a few days after my birthday the first week in June. And we were so disappointed when we had to postpone because of rain that day.

Our rescheduled date was this past Friday.  The weather was sunny and hot, but we didn’t mind.  We arrived early, so excited about our adventure. The ride is offered by Two River Trails, near historic Shirley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia.

I immediately asked for the “laziest horse in the state”, and I was paired with “Gracie”.  (When I learned her name, I thought of Motor Man’s late mom; although everyone knew her as Grace, her given name was Gracie.)

So, horse Gracie and I had a little talk before the ride.

Donna’s horse was named  Gypsy, and Donna was a bit apprehensive when she was told that Gypsy didn’t like to stand still. But they made out just fine.

In addition to Donna and me, there were four other riders and our leader, Lynn.  For much of the ride, Gracie preferred to “bring up the rear”, and that was fine with me.

Our ride took us through Upper Shirley Vineyards:

And along the James River, where Lynn generously offered to take photos of us with that beautiful background.

Dusty Diamond Dianna and Dashing Derringer Donna

Following our ride, Donna and I were ready for lunch (and lots of iced tea) at the Upper Shirley Vineyards Restaurant. One of the other diners asked if we happened to be from Texas…wonder whatever gave him that idea?

Thanks, Donna, for a most wonderful experience, and I’m already looking forward to my next time on a horse….whenever/wherever that may be.

~These Days Of Mine~









10 responses to “When Was The Last Time…..

  1. Oh I just know that was quite a treat ! Looks like a picture-perfect day too. I bet that you have more riding experiences in your future. I miss riding – I may have to start up again!


  2. What a great treat. Still celebrating your birthday I see. WTG!

  3. I am sure Darci will let you ride anytime. She offered for me to, but I explained that I didn’t ride.

  4. I am so glad your first horse ride was a wonderful experience! Your friend Donna was so sweet to give you this birthday treat. 🙂 It’s been many years since I’ve been on a horse but I used to love riding (my sis had horses for many years). Trail riding is so fun and you got nice photos on the way.

  5. There is nothing like it! So glad you had that experience.

  6. Derringer Donna

    It was a wonderful trail ride, and I was quite impressed with your handling of your horse, Diamond Dianna. You even trotted with no problem! Lynn B and her associates set us up , let us wander around horses taking pictures. A relaxed, safe horse experience. I say we do again in Fall!!
    Derringer Donna

  7. hmmm… ? I’ll have to get back to you on that … it looks like you had another great adventure ! I really like the 1st person shot — feels like you’re taking us along !

  8. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    What a wonderful birthday gift, Donna. You are a remarkable and special friend, but I already knew that. It certainly looked like Dianna get the hang of it. Way to go, Dianna. ❤

  9. I always wanted to ride a horse too. It looks like you had a great time and great photos! I like the little “ear hood” your horse is wearing. 🙂

  10. AWESOME!!! You sure look good in the saddle! I’d have to take the “laziest horse in the state” too!

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