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Now that Pierre was feeling pretty comfortable with the horses. It was time to move on to riding.

One more bite

One more bite

Pierre fed the horse one more bite of apple.

Testing

Testing

Then he got some help to see if he would be okay with being on the horse’s back. I’m glad that these horses were so patient with Pierre.

Saddle up

Saddle up

Finally it was time to saddle the horses. Pierre was too short to help, so he watched from the fence rail.

First ride

First ride

For his first ride, Pierre rode with Kyle. “Can I ride the other horse too?” asked Pierre politely.

Ride number two

Ride number two

Of course that was fine, so he went for a ride with Heather as well.

 

 

Solo time

Solo time

Pierre was feeling comfortable and confidant after his rides with Kyle and Heather. It was time for him to have a turn on his own.

Tools for grooming

Tools for grooming

After they take people riding, horses need to be brushed and cared for. Pierre sat in the tool bucket while the process was explained to everyone.

Brushing

Brushing

Pierre was happy to help brush the horses. He thought it was a great way to say thank you for the nice ride.

Water trough

Water trough

That last thing was to make sure that the horses had plenty of water after their hard work. Pierre filled up their water trough for them.

Pierre had such a wonderful time on his horseback riding adventure. When he got home he sat on my lap and told me all about it while he showed me the pictures. It was certainly a day that he will never forget.

All photos in this post were taken by my husband Mike or my son Kyle. I really appreciate their help in telling this story. If you are interested in see more of my work, you can do so on the Woodland Whimsy web page or the Woodland Whimsy facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good Monday morning! I hope you are having an awesome start to your week. While we were on vacation, My fantastic mother in law arranged for some of the family to go horse back riding. I didn’t go, I was involved in a project with my father in law. Mike thought that Pierre would like to tag along and ride too.

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Checking it out from a safe distance

“Please lift me up so I can see,” asked Pierre. He had never been around horses before and was a little bit nervous. (This is my beautiful mother in law, Charlotte.)

Going to meet the horses

Going to meet the horses

Pretty soon Pierre was ready for a closer look. Mike(my awesome husband) gave Pierre a hand in getting closer.

Getting comfortable

Getting comfortable

They found a nice post for Pierre to hang out on while he was getting used to being so close to the horses. “They are so big!” exclaimed Pierre.

About ready for the next step

About ready for the next step

It wasn’t too long before Pierre was ready to get even closer.

Startled

Startled

Pierre climbed up on the fence close to the horses. This horse neighed at Pierre to greet him. He was so startled he almost fell off the fence. Heather(my daughter in law) explained to Pierre that the horse was just saying hello.

Making friends

Making friends

“I can’t believe how soft their noses are,” whispered Pierre as he stroked the horse and fed her a bit of apple.

Pierre’s adventure with the horses will continue in my next blog post.  If you would like to see more of my art work, you can do so at my web site Woodland Whimsy or my facebook page.

The photos in this post were taken by my husband, Mike and my son, Kyle.

 

 

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At the bottom of the trail down into Emerald Bay at lovely Lake Tahoe, is a spectacular house. It is called Vikingsholm.  Pierre had an incredible time scrambling all around.

Vikingsholm Plaque

Vikingsholm Plaque

Pierre read the plaque and then jumped up for a photo. The plaque details the donation of nearly 300 acres including the stunning Vikingsholm and Fanette Island. The plaque is located in the interior court yard of Vikingsholm.

Court yard pond

Court yard pond

For reasons I can’t really understand, Pierre loves the water. He can not swim, but he still always wants to get in. It took some convincing to get him to pose next to this pond in the Vikingsholm court yard.

Pierre on the door

Pierre on the door

The craftsmanship that went into this home is incredible. Pierre particularly liked this door. It leads into the house from the court yard. Goblins are worse than monkeys for swinging on things.

Fuel Pump

Pierre checking out the fuel pump

This is an old fuel pump outside Vikingsholm. Pierre thought that it was really cool. He inspected every part of it. (So did the men who were with us) Pierre is always interested in how things work.

Window

Pierre in the window

Sadly, the season for tours of Vikingsholm was already over. We did take a peak in the window to see some of the fantastic furniture inside.

Buoys

Buoys on the beach

After we looked at Vikingsholm, we walked on the beach for a while. Pierre was fascinated by the buoys that had washed up on the beach.

Driftwood log

Pierre rides the driftwood

As always, it was a struggle to keep Pierre out of the water. He had to settle for lounging on this driftwood log. He really wanted me to talk to the owners of the cool boat in the background about letting him check it out. I did not. I tried to explain that you can’t really expect people to want a goblin they don’t know running around on their boat.

Land Shark!

Land Shark!

It was time to head back up to the car. We did not hike back the way we came in. We took a smaller trail along the lake for a bit over a mile. Pierre was delighted when we came across this rock shark. Nothing would do except for him to crawl in and pretend to be getting eaten.

Last Stream

Pierre by yet another water fall

Here is one last photo of Pierre by a beautiful little water fall. We had a lovely hike. All in all we did about four miles.(To hike to Vikingsholm and back is a 2 mile hike) The trails have areas that are quite steep, but it is well worth the effort.

As always, you can see more of my art work at http://www.woodlandwhimsy.com

 

 

 

 

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I’d like to introduce you to Pierre. He is the first goblin born here at Woodland Whimsy.

Pierre

Pierre in the parking lot

Pierre had his first hiking adventure last week. He came hiking with us down into Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe.

Pierre Hiking

Pierre Hiking

When I say Pierre went hiking, what I really mean is he got a lovely ride in a back pack while the rest of us hiked. Pierre’s legs are just not long enough to keep up with us.

Pierre with sign

Wait! Check out the sign!

We were just getting ready to head down the hill when Pierre shouted, “Wait!! I want a picture with the cool sign.” So out of the back pack he came, and he gave me a lovely Vanna White pose to show off the sign.

Lake View

Lake View

This is our first view of the lake. You can see the little island. It has a tea house that looks like a castle on it. Pierre thinks that the way his shadow looks in this photo is great.

Pierre by a tiny water fall

Pierre by a tiny water fall

There were several pretty little water falls along the trail. Pierre wanted his photo taken at every one of them. He loves to be in photos with water. I will not include all the photos of Pierre checking out the lovely waterfalls here.

Tree roots

Tree roots growing through the rocks

“Stop! Please stop!” yelled Pierre. (I should mention what a patient man my husband is) “I want to climb up and look at the roots.” There were roots of trees twisting through the rocks gaining purchase to stabilize tall trees.

Cave Water Fall

Pierre in a small cave with a water fall

Pierre had a great time playing in this little cave, climbing from rock to rock over the water.

Fire damged tree

Fire damaged tree

Pierre thought this tree was amazing. It was severely damaged by fire at some point in the past. The tree was burned all the way through. Yet it still lives and continues to grow.

Pierre in the tree

Pierre in the tree

Pierre felt like he couldn’t be seen well enough in the larger photo. So here is a much closer picture of him in the fire damaged tree.

This tree is near the bottom of the path down to the bay. It is next to Vikingsholm. Pierre had fun exploring the outside of this amazing house. I’ll share those photos with you later this week.

If you like Pierre, you may enjoy seeing more work from Woodland Whimsy. You can do that here http://www.woodlandwhimsy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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