The first in the series of things I want to do when we’re free again is to take a trail ride at Uncle Buck’s Riding Stable and Dance Barn. I’ve known the owner for many years but somehow have never made it out for a ride.
His name is Dave but everyone just calls him Uncle Buck. He’s a good community minded man who loves his horses and who makes pretty music with a couple of local bands.
They do a few different rides but I have my eye one one that goes through the Zaleski State Forest to the Moonville Tunnel.
Moonville is a ghost town and the tunnel is said to be haunted. A rail trail has been built in the area and goes right through the tunnel. The state forest is expansive and is beautiful especially in spring and fall. I’ve been to Moonville and to these woods many times but never on a horse!
Uncle Buck’s draws a large number of tourists but they take out small groups so you still have an intimate and authentic experience. Once upon a time I ran the county visitors’ center so I’ve sent a lot of people their way over the years. Yet I’ve never done a trail ride.
Maybe I’ll get some friends together or I may go solo. Either way, this is the year I go support my friend’s business.
Want to read about Uncle Buck’s? If you’re ever in southern Ohio, I’m sure they’d love to get you out on the trail! Read about them here.
Mine should more or less read “go everywhere and do everything.”
That’s a slight exaggeration as skydiving and swimming with sharks aren’t on the list but it has become important to me that I try as many different things as possible.
One item on my list is to take a ride in an old fashioned biplane like the barnstormers use. You know the kind – it’s open air?
This is sort of an interesting goal for a gal who’s afraid of heights but I’m determined to not allow my fears to hold me back. That’s been the theme of the last year and a half and it has served me well in all areas of life but one.
I had the opportunity to take a ride earlier this month but chickened out and have regretted it ever since. So when I learned that biplane rides are being offered at a nearby airport this weekend, it became clear that it’s time to face the fear and check this item off my bucket list.
I’m wavering somewhere between excitement and terror but am trying hard to embrace the pure joy of anticipation.
I’m sort of an old soul and have a deep appreciation for old cars, trains, trucks and planes. There’s something romantic about these old biplanes and the tradition of barnstorming.
The plane pictured above is the one I’ll be riding in. It’s a 1929! How cool is that? This is the sort of bird you would normally see in a museum and I’ll be flying high above the earth in it in a few days!
What do you think? Would you take this ride? What’s on your bucket list?
Here’s a sneak peak at a story you can read here later this week. It’s from the National Road and Zane Grey Museum in Zanesville. Visiting here has been on my bucket list for a while and I got to visit with my folks to celebrate my birthday last week.
It’s a great museum, packed with lots of information and stories are told in a fun, engaging way. Well worth a visit so stay tuned!