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One Thing I Have to Do, My Bucket List

Updated on May 18, 2012

I Have This Dream

Has there ever been something in your life that you know and have known for a long time that you really really want to do? 

For me, this is even more than that.  This is something that has actually been more like a fantasy vacation trip, something that would be too big for most to even think about doing.  This is more like a lifestyle change than a vacation.  Beside that, it is something that would take me out of the main stream of people in my life, and otherwise, for it is a vacation that would take me by horseback from where I live in Ventura California, to somewhere in Northern California. 

I still have to map out my path of choice, but from what I have researched out so far, there are many trails and a variety of difficulty as far as where I want to go..  I have been told that the main trail up the center of this state takes about 4 months to navigate from one end to the other, and that is at the rate of about 20 to 30 miles a day by horseback.  That is actually quite a ride for an everyday adventure.  Camping included, this would be the fullest and busiest vacation I could ever think of to plan for myself.  I would like to plan on having others join me and therefore would take a better part of a year to plan, for if doing it as a group thing we could even have a wagon pulled along as a cook would on a cattle drive.  I know there are others that would join me in this type of adventure, but it is a complicated endeavor to organize.

I Would Need A Couple of Good Horses

I would need to have a good saddle horse, I would probably choose an Arabian mix, and another animal to pack my gear.  The pack horse would need to be either a larger and sturdier breed, or maybe even a mule.  I would also have to have a dog to take along for safety sake.  There are a lot of animals out there that a dog would detect long before I would and could scare them off better than I.

This trip would mostly be traveled on back roads and trails, but there are areas where the trails intercept or are traveled along present day highways or roads for short distances.  I would have to map out the exact route and take this map with me, for it is important not to get off course or lost.

Each day would have to begin early, getting up and feeding the animals, starting a small fire to make coffee and eat a small breakfast myself.  As the horses are finishing up their feed, a good brushing to get the dirt off so the tack does not get filthy.  Folding up and packing all the camping gear, everything going in its place, and slowly each and every item is put on the animals.  Even the dog can carry his own gear, for they have saddle bags for dogs.  Cleaning each hoof carefully making sure that the feet on the animals are sound, and then, before you know it, it is time to go. 

Up in the saddle, ponying the pack horse behind, tying the lead rope to the saddle horn and by the time you have done this a week or two, all the animals know where their place is and all is calm, walking along watching mother nature as we traveled each day one mile at a time.

This is one trip that I feel I must take sometime in the next year or two.  It will take a good amount of time to plan and execute, but my heart is set on this trip.  It is something that I have wanted to do most of my life, and a dream like this has to be fulfilled.

I will keep you all informed as I research this trip out better and gather all the things that I would need.  I cannot wait, and if anybody is interested in going along with me, let me know.  Remember that this will be a several month adventure though, so know what you will be getting yourself into.

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    Kathy 

    7 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

    Up and Awesome, ddsurfsca. (DD surfs Calif?) I hope you are able to arrange this and enjoy all the exciting and new adventures. I love that you'll have a companion dog along with you and that you are taking such great care of your horses along the way. I'm "rooting" for you to succeed in arranging and actually doing this great exploration of our W. coastal trails. Beautiful area and a very brave venture!!

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    deb douglas 

    7 years ago from Oxnard

    I am looking for a few people who are not only camping and outdoors people, but horse people who have experience on horseback. Not only is it not safe to go alone, but it is easier to take care of the horses, and the cooking with a few people along. If you showed a serious wish to go along I would definitely take you into consideration, for I probably only know two other people who would want to do this.

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    Maria Jordan 

    7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    I love your avatar and the tone of this Hub. This is so personal to you that I would feel intrusive to even suggest going along.

    To me, this would be the journey of one's dreams, where you will meet who you were intended to meet to learn and teach what is meant to be.

    And, I suspect we all have a journey of our own to take in one form or another. Thank you for this amazing food for thought. I look forward to hearing your updates.

    Voted Up, Useful, Awesome & Beautiful. Thank you.

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