Saturday morning we woke up to the threat of rain. We had a Groupon to all go horseback riding and were hoping and praying that the rain would hold off long enough for us to be able to go riding. We were running a little bit late, because we had to go towards Savannah, but well called the stable and they were really nice and agreed to wait for us to get there before they started. After a quick trip to the "complaint department" i.e. a redneck port-a-potty, we got in line to mount up. They asked for the most experienced rider, and since I took lessons back in high school and had my own (gorgeous but ill behaved) horse for a while, I was volunteered for the horse needing an "experienced rider." That usually happens to me, which means I get stuck with the temperamental horse who always likes to bite other horses in the butt. This usually leads to an interesting battle of wits. This horse also just so happened to be named Dash, which was slightly disconcerting, so I asked the guide why he was named that, to which she replied, "well he was named Buck but that made people nervous, so we renamed him Dash instead." Uhhh, ok. Still not giving me any clues to what I'm facing here lady! I think she could tell I was a little hesitant to throw my leg over this horse's side (considering that the last time I did that I was bucked off). So she quickly added, "Oh Buck came from his coloring (he was buckskin)." Stilll didn't explain the whole Dash part. Anyways, turns out Dash was a pretty chill horse that was a former barrel racer who just needed someone with "gentle legs" to stay off his sides.
Yes, I was the loser with a helmet on. Ever since being thrown off and hitting my head, I always wear a helmet.
My mom's mug said Marmee (what my niece calls her)
Allie's mug. She did a tree for every season. So pretty!
After we completed our pottery, we headed back to the hotel to get dried off (our pants were still pretty soaked) and get ready to go out to dinner.
Me and Allie
Me and mom
Mom and Allie
Fish tacos! Sorry it's so dark, the restaurant had some mood lighting going on.
On the way back to the hotel, we crossed over another bridge, and while I was attempting to control the rising panic, my mother and sister decided to start discussing the gigantic manatees that were probably floating around like giant water cows in the ocean right below us. My mom then just randomly yelled "Manatees! They'll suck your brains out!!!" Tha heck? Where in the world did that come from?! It gave us quite a laugh and definitely helped me to ignore my fear of bridges at that moment.
After that we somehow got on the topic of evolution and survival of the fittest and had a pretty good discussion going when my sister decided to add to the hilarity of that car ride by confiding in my mother and I that she thought, up until about a year ago, that baby animals were only born in spring. Like, it was physically impossible for them to be born any other time of the year. My mom and I were both like um, "why did you think that." And she was all, "I have no idea!" It was pretty funny. (Sorry Allie, for outing you on the interwebs (: )
Once we got to the hotel, we chowed down on our desserts. We were either still so full from dinner or the lettuce lady in line had placed a curse on us, so that I don't think any of us could finish our desserts. We all were about to bust we were so full. Allie tuned us in to the Animal Planet and we started watching a show about puppies. Very fitting, after our conversation in the car. A commercial came on for a show called "Too Cute" that was just about baby animals and my mom was all "that's ridiculous, who would watch a show like that?" Me and Allie just kind of looked at each other, and Allie eventually said, "Mom, what do you think we're watching right now?" That show was what we had been "awwww"ing over for the past hour! We are the people who would watch that show!!! We had some good laughs about that as well!
An example of the cute puppies that would be on that show. Always wanted one of these!
Photo cred here. Have no idea whose blog this is but this popped up when I googled corgi puppy.The next morning we woke up and headed back towards Georgia. It was a pretty uneventful day, just a couple of Sonic tots thrown in with some more good conversation. We were all pretty sad to see the weekend come to a close. We had such a great time! We each probably gained about 10 pounds, had several laughs, and made some wonderful memories. Thanks mom for such a great girls trip, I think this should become an annual thing!