Here are some fun things that I learned while in Texas. First, it is hot as hell there, not exaggerating. When the Texas Blogger Contingent (aka Amanda, Karen, Lauren, Heather, Jen J) , say that it is toasty they are not kidding. If you are ever curious about what it feels like to breathe in fire and feel like your skin might melt TX is the place for you. Even more disturbing is that apparently it gets hotter than what I experienced. Props to you ladies – Ill be staying in the “north” ;).
Second off when picking Henny’s feet out I quizzically asked if she packed them with something… No that was just mud that dries like a bad version of magic cushion in the hoof. I thought okay that’s weird but then I actually had to ask Amanda “why do your pastures have asphalt in them” (I assumed the farm was repurposed land?) surprise – its not asphalt that is just the ground. I guess it isn’t an exaggeration when eventers in TX say that the ground is hard as rock. Is seriously looked like an old parking lot in spots.
In the things I don’t understand but some I love about Austin category comes the fascination with a wall that has “I love you so much” spray painted on it (souvenirs of this include coasters and cutting boards), Vegan ice cream (in addition to the other amazing food), and the hippie/ hipster lack of bathing. At one point I even remarked that I bathed too often and didn’t have enough tattoos to reside in that part of town. Getting past all of that (aka learning to live with fire in my lungs) was so worth getting to ride everyones favorite $900 Facebook pony. Excuse my gross equitation and hair and lets focus on the fact that Henry is a beast who loves to take care of weenie amateurs like me. Seriously he was like oh you want me to jump that – no problem, lead changes – I got you! I just had to sit up and keep my leg on. I love him and want to steal him. It was awesome getting to jump 3’+ after not jumping much over 2’6 in the past few years. Add me to the list of people that want to be listed as a pony god parent if anything ever happens to you Amanda! 😛
On top of taking me to a bunch of awesome local restaurants, Charlottes Saddlery, Dover, and sharing Henry Amanda also begrudgingly shared Quinny. Admittedly I am pretty sure the dog doesn’t have a loyal bone in his body but I was pretty flattered that he was my sidekick for the week. In summary it was sweltering, the ground is weird, I ate a lot of amazing food, rode a rad horse, cuddled a cute corgi, and met some awesome people!
Do any of you have any fun blogger trips coming up?