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Moonlight Horseback Ride Beside the Potomac River with Dinner and Dessert

A second (and final) ride is being added because of the great interest in the first ride that filled up so quickly!

We just had a fantastic time at Virginia's premier horseback riding facility, the Marriott Ranch, and folks asked if another ride could be arranged.  And so, this time, we will ride in Maryland, under a full moon.  And with a large bonfire during a dinner in the mountains.

Yup.  Dinner and dessert are included in the price!

We will hit the trails over mountains, streams, valleys, canals, roads, forests, and head down to the river.  This will be a true Western ride.  You do not need any prior experience, but you will need to listen to the guides so that you can control your horse safely, and, more importantly, have some horse-sense.

 

 

 

There go our riders on a prior adventure over the Blue Ridge Mountains

 

 

Note that there is a 250 pound maximum weight limit for the rider because we are going up and down the Blue Ridge Mountains on sharp inclines and also riding beside the rapids on the Potomac River.  Teenagers, adults, and guests are appropriate for this ride.  Yes, this ride is safe.  I have ridden the most challenging Arabians from these stables, and they are all good horses.  You don't need to be an experienced equestrian; all you need to do is to sit on your horse and follow directions from our guides.  We will be crossing a road, with a guide in the front, one in the rear, and one at the road where the designated horse crossing has been made by the National Park Service.

 

 

Yes, we will have a bonfire with s'mores

 

 

 

 

 

Please be advised that the ride is totally dependent on the weather, and severe weather (i.e, lightning storms, flash floods, hurricanes, mountain fires, or anything that creates a danger to the horses) will force the stable owners to cancel the trip and we'll get a refund.  Also, if there is serious damage to the C&O Towpath beside the river, such as from a heavy rain, so that the ground may give way under the horse, then that may force the stable owners to cancel the ride and we'll get a refund.  There are no refunds for this trip unless the stable owners cancel it.

 

 

 

While Houdini the Arabian trickster is no longer with us, he has marked his trail well for us

 

 

We have to meet by the stables at 3 PM and head down the mountain at 4 PM, then go on a truly adventurous mountain ride, and, as the full moon rises, we will finally eat dinner at the end of the trail up in the mountains.  Dinner should be at 8 PM, but the time can vary.  We'll build a bonfire, and eat dessert.  That's a lot of saddle time, and a lot of time in the wilderness (and a lot of eating).  All in rugged country.  If you ride with the horse (who knows the trail) and issue firm commands that are not confusing, you will be fine.  That is never kick the horse and pull back on the reins at the same time (that's like hitting the gas and brake pedals at rthe same time).

Let me tell you why you want to come.  The beauty of the ride is unmatched.  The Blue Ridge Mountains and its forest are pristine in their natural beauty, and the People's River with its powerful rapids will allow one to see how nature's magnificence dwarfs us all.  The islands up here were named by George Washington, who would ride a canoe along the river.  We will ride across the spot where Thomas Jefferson used to sit on the rocks and admire this countryside and state that seeing it was worth crossing the Atlantic for it.  Stonewall Jackson made his mark on military history in these woods.  Yes, Old Jack rode his Little Sorrel in these same hills.  You will ride in country that armies fought over.  Thousands died for this earth and these hills.  We are in the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and we will be riding our horses upon sacred land and across the old armory in Harper's Ferry where John Brown once made his stand.  Thoughts of what transpired in these woods make one pause and wonder how it all must have been like and how the divine hand guided it all to to make this nation what it has become.  And having the moon rising over us is like getting a Divine spotlight over all that we will share.

 

 

This is how close you will ride beside the Potomac River

 

 

 

 

Now, I can only round up 13 horses for this particular trip.  That means that solely 13 people can go.  So, if you really want to go, please send me a check made out to me for $115.50 to the following address:  Bob Cianflone, 821 Brunswick Street, Brunswick, Maryland 21716

The payment, when received, comprises the final RSVP.  All checks thereafter will be destroyed and the senders will be notified of the same.

No, the stables don't do credit cards or amazon.com or mississippi.com or IOUs or barter precious stones; just send the checks to me and I will cash them and give a large check to the horse owners.  Any checks that I get after the first 13 I will tear up and notify the sender of that fact.

Yes, the photo of the three silly horses below are some of our horses from our stables.  If you have any questions, please contact me at any time.  But know well that when I got 13 paid-up riders I am closing the activity.  Any subsequent checks I get I will tear up and so notify the sender.  The final RSVPs are the actual payments that I receive.  A profile photo is required and there is no alcohol allowed on this activity per the National park Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cowboy thinks he is a cowboy.  Please don't tell him he is a horse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone likes to ride these horses (here's a cool cat riding on Lil' Joe)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tag-a-Long thinks everything is funny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took this photo of the moon at a prior ride while we were having dessert.  Now the stables uses it on their web site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Houdini the Trickster is no longer with us, as he has finally passed on after riding these trails for 27 years, and dealing with me for 20 of those years.  Now, he is surely galloping in the heavens while nipping at Saint Peter's cloak.  But know that the younger horses are all fine, and ready for us.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Barbara. It was fun! And it was nice to meet everyone.

    October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Barbara was the real hostess. I was just a telehost. I am glad all had such a good time.

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great ride, horses, views, people and food! It was nice to meet all the agels! :)

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a lot of fun. Thanks Bob for organizing the trip. Even with the rain it was a great time with nice people , good food, and great adventure.

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a ride! We had it all: the most beautiful, sunny fall afternoon, pouring rain which soaked us profoundly at nightfall - yes, and the full moon - mostly on the way home. Very delicious dinner! Very much appreciated that we were invited to the warm snd cozy farmhouse!.

    October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Barbara. Thanks for leading the group

      October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had an awesome time tonight! Too bad we didn't get our bonfire, but it was a great time. Thanks for organizing it!

    October 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The ride the riders the staff wranglers and food were great.

      October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dear all,
    I am aiming to be at the stable before 3pm. If there is any problem/question, please call me at 301-200.8445.
    Cheers, Barbara

    October 19, 2013

    • Suzann D

      Barb, thanks for filling in! It was fun

      1 · October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a contact number? Sorry if I missed the obvious

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Be at the stables at 3 PM! The shutdown is over and the C&O Towpath is open.

    October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - Barbara Weber will be the hostess and POC for this event.

    October 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      :-) Now that I hapoen to be the hostess, wouldn't it be natural for me to get a little bit more. .? lol

      October 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You can have seconds......

      October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Because of the federal government shutdown that is prohibiting the horses from going on the C&O Towpath we have to change the ride to a 2 hour Mountain Top trail that is on private property. We will leave an hour later, so it will still be around sunset, and then have the meal afterwards as normal. The riders will need to be here no later then 4 PM, and we will ride from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. I will refund each rider $30 for the one less hour of riding. This check will come to you from me. If the government opens by Friday morning, then there will be a ride back on the C&O Towpath as originally planned and it will be posted here. They were going to arrest the horses if they went on the C&O Towpath, if you can believe that.

    October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - Vicki has had a personal emergency as her mother has had a stroke and Vicki has to leave for Florida right away. Our prayers go with her. There is one slot open and I urge you to contact me offline by email if you are interested.

    October 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The slot has been sold.

      October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hugh Mullaly is also on this ride. Since I will not be there he is taking my slot.

    September 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hugh - I see you are not a member of our Meetup any longer and I have no way to reach you by email or by phone. Please contact me by email now. You can click "Organizers" on our web site under Gail's picture to reach me even if you are no longer a member. Thank you. - Bob

      October 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - Here are two items to be aware of. One, Vicki will be your hostess at this event; two, the National Park Service has informed us that the C&O Towpath will be off-limits due to the government shutdown as that is considered a national park. More information will be forthcoming as it develops on the second item.

    October 6, 2013

    • Vicki E.

      I was in Luray,VA this weekend and tourists were at loose ends because Shenandoah Nat'l Park was closed. A huge lose-lose situation for everyone. Thanks for the updates.

      October 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am attending and looking to car pool from Alexandria VA

    October 2, 2013

  • Suzann D

    Carpool anyone?

    October 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Centerville. Let me know if unwanted to car pool

      October 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Carpooling is a good idea. Remember that the event goes on until late. From past experience, my advice is to ensure that all carpoolers are in total agreement that there is no way to leave early and all riders will be there for the entire duration......

      October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Vicki will be your hostess, as she knows this area and is an accomplished equestrian.

    September 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Folks - On October 19th, I will be in the mountains, outside of email and cellular reach. If you have questions on the day of the ride, please send them to Vicki. I have instructed the stables to contact Vicki if there are any changes to our plans.

      October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got 13 checks to date for the October 19th ride:
    Sheri Stewart
    Kristina Stewart
    Jill King
    Jodi Weier
    Cheryl Burns
    Bill Moore
    Andrew Clark
    Hugh Mullaly
    Laurie Dohanich
    Shelli Renz
    Suzann Dodds
    Christine Florez
    Thuha Nguyen

    April 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Elizabeth is going in Laurie's place.

      September 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      And Katherine is going in Andrew's place.

      October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you can't attend please let me know right away.
    I'll buy your ticket.

    September 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Katherine - Please send a check for $115.50 directly to Andrew. Thank you.

      September 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The switch has been done. Katherine is going in Andrew's place.

      September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I signed up & paid for the Sat Oct 19th Horseback Ride. Due to an unexpected event, I would need to cancel.

    Would any one be interested in buying my ticket?

    Thanks,
    TN

    September 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You now both have one another's email address. After you work it out offline, let me know the results of your labors. Thanks.

      September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone needs to cancel for this event, please contact me. I'm interested in attending one of the moonlight rides. My job prohibits participation in the quick response email communications. The opportunities are always long gone by the time I see the news. So, I figured maybe this approach could work. Please keep me in mind if your plans change :-)

    September 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Deborah, You will be happy to know that you got two slots for the ride on October 26th! That is the last ride of the year.

      September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Remember that this ride was done as a favor because the first ride filled up so quickly. And PLEASE be aware that the payment to me is the RSVP. I have to cash your checks and then bring the money to the owners for all the riders. I will not be present at this ride, but the owners, Barb and Tom, will be there.

    April 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You rock. I am so glad you got this planned. I am really looking forward to going. Praying Mother Nature is good to us so they don't have to cancel. Thanks again

      1 · April 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If the seasons progress as they do, the October ride should be more scenic than the September ride from a floral viewpoint, but it will be chillier at the end of the ride.

      April 5, 2013

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