Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

3 days on a horse = my dreams come true!

That sounds hyperbolic but it is not, I assure you :-). We just got back from 3 days on horseback in the mountains of Northern Sichuan. It was *really* awesome, with lovely horses, nice guides that knew how to cook, beautiful scenery, and the occasional Tibetan village (although even with none of those things except for the riding of the horses i still would have had a good time). I am so glad that we went. It was a little difficult at first to convince Greg that sitting on a horse for 3 days was a good idea, but he came around (and he talked me down from a 4-day trip to a 3-day trip) and he had a great time too.

Okay, enough ooo and awww crap, here are some pics!

Greg & I at the high point of the trek, 4,300 meters:
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My horse “Ja Ja” grazing in a meadow:
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Some of our guides taking a break:
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Row of prayer wheels in a village:
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“Watchu lookin’ at?”
(the horse’s feeding things were all made out of old basketballs)
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Holy cow, it’s a real hitching post!
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Village house with a wheat field in front:
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August 18, 2007 - Posted by | China, Rural, Sichuan, Travel

5 Comments »

  1. Wow! What a great trip! Tricky on a horse but how else!
    Love the guides with suits! Could not imagine how you were to top the Panda piece!!!

    Comment by Cynthia | August 18, 2007 | Reply

  2. I’m jealous. An interesting note on one of the photos of the ponies (horses are 14.1 hand or taller) is the that the crupper (an attachment from the back of the saddle to under the base of the tail to keep the saddle from slipping foward) looks to be made of animla hide. Very interesting tack on those guys. Beautiful scenery.

    Comment by kelly and the boys | August 19, 2007 | Reply

  3. Yes, they were definitely made of hide. I’m sure all the tack they use is made locally. There were some supply stores in town stocked with the same kind of gear.

    Comment by francie | August 19, 2007 | Reply

  4. That trip sounds very cool, horse back trips!!!!

    Comment by JoJo | August 20, 2007 | Reply

  5. 7rPCS0pIk3FL1

    Comment by Darion | January 7, 2009 | Reply


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