The day Mel rode the horse from Tangled

My friend Mel went through a stage in Year 12 where she was obsessed with the movie Tangled (the HSC did strange things to all of us okay?)

On Monday, we went on a four hour ride at Glenworth Valley – 2 hours in the morning, 2 hours in the afternoon. We were in the second half of our 4-hour horse ride, riding different horses to those we rode in the morning. Mine was called Buddy, and Mel had a large chestnut called Maximus.

Mel and I on Maximus and Buddy.
Mel and I on Maximus and Buddy.

About half an hour into the ride, Mel turns to me and says “so basically I’m riding the horse from Tangled!”

My reaction – “what?”

Apparently the horse from Tangled is also called Maximus. I wasn’t aware of this fact before but I’m not entirely surprised that Mel remembered it! She is one of the smartest people I know, studying vet science at Sydney University.

Anyway back to the narrative of the day. We signed up to do one of the four hour trail rides up at Glenworth Valley, roughly 1.5 hours north of Sydney. We’ve done the 2 hour rides before but this was our first time doing the full day experience – we even took a picnic lunch! Very old school.

In the morning we were on tiny little ponies – mine was Dakota and Mel rode her regular horse, a little grey called Annie. Turns out Dakota and Annie don’t get along so well, which made it fun when Mel and I tried to ride next to each other! Annie was rather fond of biting Dakota on the butt every time we went past. On the upside, Annie’s bite tally was only 1 for the entire day – pity my horse was the 1!

We had a wonderful, albeit slightly damp, picnic lunch while catching up on all the goss from the past few months. Then we returned in the afternoon for the second ride, this time on (thankfully) much larger horses called Buddy and Maximus. Since we’re both fairly experienced riders they let us canter on this one, which is always heaps of fun.

Next time we’re thinking of doing one of the all-day free range rides. Hopefully that’ll happen sometime before I go to China! That’s one experience ticked off my bucket list for the summer.

Summer 2015 Bucket List

So, it’s that time of year again. January.

Inevitably every year I get to this point and start looking around for new things to do. Finished my internship, barely back at work and have another two months off from uni.

And so the annual Summer Bucket List is born. I always create them, never finish them. But this year I will succeed! Keep an eye out for the success post sometime in early March. Don’t hold your breath for it to be fully ticked off.

Sydney summer

Summer 2015 Bucket List

  1. Visit the Top 5 Hidden Beaches in Sydney: Xplore Sydney has created a handy list of the Top 5 Hidden Beaches in Sydney. As a local I feel obliged to hang out at the less tourist-y places, so I’m going to try and visit all five these holidays.
  2. Finish watching Grey’s Anatomy: because really, what is summer without a decent dose of McDreamy to keep you going. And I’m a season from finishing all ten so may as well power through these holidays.
  3. Learn to play a new song on guitar: It’s been awhile. Need to keep those skills funky fresh!
  4. Listen to K-Pop: This one’s for you, Kay and Cynthia.
  5. Go horse riding: My friend Melissa is studying vet science, and has always been slightly animal obsessed – we have a tradition of horse riding at Glenworth Valley. What is summer without a quiet trail ride to cheer you up?
  6. Camping (or should I say glamping?): My favourite way to holiday!
  7. Visit a museum/exhibition in Sydney: Need a dose of culture to keep me going through my extended absence from the city.

Well, that’s it for now. I expect this list will be edited as my summer develops and I get busier. Only 2 months until uni goes back!

Some links to the activities I referenced: