Oranjestad and Horseback Riding
Trip Start Jan 27, 2011
22Trip End Feb 17, 2011
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I got up kinda late today ...since I didn't have a watch or clock...I put my computer in the safe and didn't want to get it out just for the time. I got help from Marijan at the desk to set up some activities: The jeep safari isn't until monday because it was all booked up until then but I could get sunset horseback riding for this afternoon. With that set up, I set out. I walked to the beach and then headed toward Oranjestad. It took longer than I thought it would. I walked past quite a few hotels or condos with their thatched huts and lawn chairs. When I finally got to the city, I had a hard time finding some of the older Dutch-style buildings or I just couldn't tell what was what. There were a lot of kitchy casinos and and jewelry and designer stores. What I was really looking for was a fruit smoothie. I was parched after that long walk in the sun. I settled for a soda because I needed to catch the bus back to the arubiana inn for my pick-up
I got back in time and changed for riding and gathered up some stuff. I took my rain poncho just in case. The ranch was situated in a wonderful area of cactus and shrubs. My horse was named Blackie and he was pokier than my rancher guide who was walking his horse for half the way. I don't know exactly why. We rode out to the ocean where there were some rocks with cairns on them...I don't know why, I asked but I think he said something about the ocean being deep. We went to a point where we could see the lighthouse and then turned back. Now Blackie was excited and wanted to trot. It was a nice gentle trot so it was fairly comfortable. There was beautiful late afternoon light on the cacti and I was taking photos inbetween trying to manage Blackie. It was a lovely excursion and the ocean or some plant along the coast had a lovely smell. I got back and thankfully they had bottles of water for us at the ranch. I desparately needed a drink. Now to scrounge up some food and process some photos. I noticed a smudge on the lumix after the morning trip and managed to get it off the lens but some of my my compositions suffered because I will need to do some surgery on them. Oh, well. I found out two things from the driver back: the water here is processed from sea water and there aren't any fruits or vegetables because of too much rain in Venezuela.