Canada, one great big incredible country. So much to do and so much you maybe didn’t think you could do. A place that has been a draw to my imagination for quite some time, a chance to set foot here for adventure is a chance I am relishing.
After arriving in the province of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon it was time to head out to the prairie, just a couple of hours drive into a rolling hills paradise. I have arrived at the start of fall so to look out over the land the pale brown vistas meet the spectacular large skies in a way that only this part of the world can show. Deer jumping around through the fields en masse, Geese flocking in the skies or packed along water edges. This was just the drive in, appetite wonderfully created for more.
Off the highway, a few miles and a couple of turns down the dusty tracks and there below, nestled down by the Saskatchewan River sat the destination, La Reata Ranch, time for some cowboy living.
Straight from the word go you could feel this was going to be a unique and amazing experience. So quiet and away from hustle and bustle, wooden ranch buildings inviting you to relax on the porch, home cooked dinner so gorgeous and personally made it would be impossible to recreate anywhere else.
After staring in wonder at the scenes the host George went and brought in the horses, our rides for the day. The excitement grew as the animals came down from the top of the hill, this was going to be one of those experiences you can never forget. Each horse looked splendid, which one was we going to get paired with?
I was given Scooter, and over we went to give him a brushing and to saddle up. The sun was out, the scene was set, lets go!
I admit I was a novice but any adrenalin soon got outdone by the joy as I got going. First we went out down by the river, gentle and serene. Looking around hardly believing I was here doing this. Wow! Everyone was loving it, you could feel it. Escape and adventure at its finest.
We turned away from the river, up and onto the prairie top and in the big wide open, this was living and Scooter thought so too as he started to pick up trots and gallops. Hard to explain the elated feeling, incredible.
Alas it was time eventually to head back to the ranch and let Scooter run off with his friends in the sunset. The fun didn’t stop there for us though. The steak meal that awaited was divine, absolutely. Tequila and lime cocktail to quench the thirst. All before heading to the saloon for a good old Canadian beer…. or few