|A blue-eyed horse!|
Casa Parcha is a property situated on the banks of Rio Blanco, in Naguabo, PR. There is a well known pool here, Charco el Hippie, where lots of people come to play! But Casa Parcha has a private little section where you can practically have the place to yourself!
There is one little apartment available, plus three very nice tents for camping. The tent guests have access to a bathroom and a lovely outdoor shower, as well as an outdoor lounge, complete with a kitchenette! We booked the apartment, and when we extended the invitation to Sue... she only balked for a second when she found out she would have to book the TENT for herself!! I've gotta say, I had my doubts, but she made her tent stay look so inviting... we're thinking that WE will camp here next time!
But... as usual, I am getting ahead of myself. Of course we can not just drive straight to a place... I have to make "getting there" as much fun as the destination. Today, we got there... after a relaxing ride in the mountains on horseback! In typical Puerto Rican style, getting the details straight was a little bit of a challenge, but Pedro and his staff at Hacienda 8A took very good care of us once we arrived!
Our appointment was at 10:00, and we arrived at 9:30 to find another small group waiting for their ride to begin. They were scheduled for 8am! Pedro seemed a bit surprised at our arrival, and only missed one beat when we told him we were there for a two hour ride! Guess the scheduler was sleeping on the job... But regardless of the fact that the stables are CLOSED on Mondays, they saddled up three more horses, and we proceeded with the process!
|Sue, blissfully unaware that she was on a DEVIL horse!|
|The view from the driver's seat!|
|Pedro charges ahead to shoo away some curious cows, while Sue's horse follows close behind!|
|We rode through the serene foothills with El Yunque standing off in the distance!|
This is the third horseback ride we've taken in Puerto Rico. It is by far, the most laid back! We did wear helmets, but that seemed to be the only safety precaution taken! There were no instruction, not that we needed any... but still! Sue's horse, Principesa, was very boisterous. Bruce's horse, Bolón, liked to kick! My horse, Pinto, was juuuust right!
Along the route, we encountered a whole bunch of cows. They were very curious about our activity. So much so, that Pedro had to ride ahead and scatter them off of the pathway! A little dog wove in and out among our horse's feet all along the way. Pedro told us that the little dog had simply appeared here a couple of weeks ago, and it seems that he has found his home! He accompanies all of the guests, and the horses don't seem to mind him at all as he ranges here and there!
Unfortunately, Principesa was not content to hang back when Pedro hurried ahead. She followed fast and Sue was rattled a bit. Turns out, she had already been caught in the scuffle when another horse decided to kick a bit... So Pedro ended up switching horses with her, and things got better for Sue after that.
The view is just stunning! We chatted with Pedro and got to know one another better! He was VERY curious about our life on the boat!!
Our ride continued, and I think we did a little housekeeping, as our next destination was to close a gate that had been left open. Still, it was really nice just being up there in the hills, with the looming shadow of El Yunque in the not-so-distance! Eventually it was time to turn back...
Unlike all of the previous horseback rides I've been on, we were not restricted to staying in line according to pre-ordained order. We were able to come up and hang back as we wished. Sometimes I was out in front, while Pedro hung back and chatted with Bruce or Sue, and other times, I was in the line. Being able to take photos along the way was, of course, the biggest perk of all! Everything was just so CHILL!
|Selfie with my beautiful Pinto! Random photobomb by some other horse!|
|Bruce being a Cowboy!!|
|Back to your mamma little guy. Yes, pretend to eat that plant!|
When we drove up that final steep hill and entered the property, it felt like we had arrived to the Garden of Eden! Everything was so perfectly manicured, with tropical flowers growing everywhere!
|We passed the little camper, not available for rental now because it's being renovated...|
|We got Sue all settled into her cute little tent!|
|Then we retired to one of the riverside lounge areas to check out our place!|