Horse Happenings on the Hill

April 23, 2011

There will be Horse Happenings on the Hill on Sunday, May 1 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates, CA, sponsored by the horse community on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Do you have a child who is crazy about horses?
Have you always wanted to ride?
Did you ride when you were a kid and are now ready to ride again?
Have you ridden all your life and still love it?

Come join the fun with a horse-filled day!
Watch demonstrations!
Meet riders, trainers, veterinarians and farriers!
Learn about everything equine on the hill!

This event is FREE for all horse lovers!

The horse community on the Palos Verdes Peninsula offers something for just about every equine enthusiast – from a one-time trail ride to riding competitively – and everything in between! It is all there!

They offer:
Summer pony camps for kids 3 years and older
Scenic trail rides
Pony clubs
English riding lessons
Western riding lessons
Dressage riding lessons
Horses to lease
Junior/adult drill team
Western events (cutting,roping, penning)
Horse shows
Tack sale

For more information contact Kelly Yates at or 310-704-7226.

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Happy New Year! May It Be Your Best Ever!!

January 2, 2011

Happy New Year! Please be safe and healthy! May this year be the best one we’ve had yet! There is so much to accomplish!! Take your kids/grandkids to a favorite museum or to one they haven’t visited before! Get them outside in the fresh air more than they were last year! Set some personal goals! I hope to get two more books published! I hope to reformat Grandpa Do It! I hope to get my marketing up a notch or two! Regards to all of you and your families!

Grandma Sue

Check out ideas and activities to do with kids on by the author of the award-winning children’s book Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too!

Over 100 National Parks Offer Free Entry for 3 Weekends

August 8, 2010

From the National Park Service website:

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better this year with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Mark your calendar for fee-free days left this year:

* August 14-15, 2010
* September 25, 2010
(Public Lands Day)
* November 11, 2010
(Veterans Day)

And to make the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors on this summer’s fee free weekends with the their own special offers.

Here’s a tip – many of your 392 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

Do click the links to get to additional information!!

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by the author of the award-winning children’s book Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too!

Outdoor Activities in Orange County

September 18, 2009

Lots of parks and reserves are listed at the Orange County website. The Orange County Register has a link with outdoor actities and events that has great ideas for family fun! Enjoy!

Los Angeles from Horseback

August 27, 2009

Another great Sunday newspaper article I also found on line is an Associated Press article by Solange Reyner called Seeing the City of Angels on Horseback. Here are photos of the horses. More info is available at Griffth Park Horse Rentals Trail Rides details and Frequently Asked Questions at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Leave No Trace

July 11, 2009

In today’s Reno Gazette-Journal there is a great article by Maggie O’Neill called A Hike With A View. In it she relates her experience with meeting the author (Mike White) of the guide book she was using (Afoot & Afield: Reno-Tahoe). The one take-away I get from the article is how ordinary people need to follow the “Leave No Trace” mantra when enjoying the outdoors. With the cutbacks in staffing at the U.S. Forest Service, the limited maintenance on the Jones Creek-White’s Creek Loop is even less. The Nevada All-State Trail Riders have done on-going trail maintenance for years. Kudos to them! But the public needs to stay aware and pick-up after themselves (leave no trace that you’ve been there!) so that we all can enjoy the parks and outdoors for many more generations.

Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky

July 6, 2009

I haven’t had a non-western blog in a while. A very long time ago we visited the awesome Mammoth Cave National Park in Cave City, Kentucky. It is a totally fun spot for the family to explore.

There are the cave tours. There are more than 70 miles of backcountry trails through forested hills for hikers and bicyclists. There is canoeing, kayaking, swimming and fishing on the Green River. There is horseback riding on 60 miles of trails. Also possible is camping and backcountry camping. Special family and children’s activities are available, as well – like Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park! These pages from the Mammoth Cave National Park website provide everything you need to plan an expedition in and around the world’s longest known cave.

Then there is a lot more commercialized stuff, too.

Hey, you corvette lovers! The National Corvette Museum is in nearby Bowling Green. Of course, you knew that already…it’s for the rest of us to find!

Snoqualmie Falls and Salish Lodge

May 17, 2009

A friend wanted suggestions for a romantic getaway to celebrate a 1 year milestone and I thought but a minute before coming up with Snoqualmie Falls and Salish Lodge, located about 30 miles from Seattle, Washington. Grandpa Ron and I enjoyed a weekend there many years ago and we still talk about it! It is where we adopted Bear, our first of now very many bears. He was sitting in the middle of the pillows on our bed when we arrived. We paid his adoption fee in the Gift Shop and he has gone on almost every trip we’ve taken anywhere ever since!

Salish Lodge has many scheduled activities that you can participate in. Even if the lodge is too high end for yur budget, Snoqualmie has other hotels and there are other nearby cities to stay. There is hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, whitewater rapids, fishing and golfing galore – and a Railroad Museum!! We loved the train ride and the informative interpretive tour.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

May 12, 2009

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating its 75th anniversary of its opening in 1934 with all kinds of special events. Of course there is the normal hiking, horseback riding and bicycle riding and other outdoor activities as well! It is the most visited of all the national parks. Jerry Shriver had an awesome article Power to the people’s park in the May 8, 2009 USA Today paper.

Saguaro National Park

April 29, 2009

The Saguaro National Park outside of Tucson, AZ, is a majestic place to hike around. The tall – and very old – Sagauro cacti reach for the sky and you feel so very small – and young – in comparison! So many outdoor activities are available to do: hiking, biking, camping, birding, horseback riding, and wild flower seeking ( in the spring ). Grandpa Ron and I really enjoyed the park.

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