I had decided that I needed a little “Me” time yesterday from being just a “tad”, okay “beyond” stressed out. My schedule has been completely insane for I would say since January. I just keep having more added to it and I was just at a point where, I needed to get away from everyone and everything! I was thinking a little retail therapy might be what the Dr. ordered but the items that I was looking for the store was out of. I was not in the mood to go from store to store looking, since that would just add more stress. Not the retail therapy I was looking for!
I had Stacy from A Mom’s Revelation with me. So we decided that since we couldn’t get some retail therapy in, I decided were going to get some riding therapy in! We headed over to Chain O’ Lakes State Park Riding Stable in Spring Grove, Illinois. I didn’t tell Stacy where we were going, I just gave her directions as she was driving. She was up for anything that would destress us! So when we entered the park, we received directions to the stables. Stacy looked at me like I had lost my mind! lol She stated she hadn’t been on a horse in years. I told her it’s just like riding a bike, you will remember once your on the horse, and away we went.
We arrived at the stable, signed our lives away on the paper work so we could go trail riding for an hour, and we hopped onto our horses. I had a beautiful horse named Rambo, and Stacy had a equally beautiful horse named Bear. We were ready to start our adventure with our guide and the owner of the stables Jo. We were off to the trails, and we noticed that we had a follower, Charlie a little Dachshund, that was as cute as could be decided to tag along. However, he couldn’t make the hour trip with his little legs, but he was willing to try it. lol So Jo called Kasey to come pick him up, while we waited for Kasey, we saw some Wild Turkeys just walking around like they owned the woods. Of course every time I tried to get a photo they would hide, I think they were a little camera shy. Kasey made it to pick up Charlie within a few minutes and we were on our way down the trails again. The views were really beautiful on the trail and we were keeping an eye out for more wildlife as well.
Jo was a great guide and Bear and Rambo followed along, most of the time I was getting some great shots of the ride. Yes, I am that talented to ride Rambo and get some great photo’s while we rode along. lol Okay, yes, I even amazed myself that the photos came out really good even while trotting along! We saw some deer playing, they just watched us until I lifted the camera then they became leary. So we just watched them playing so that we wouldn’t scare them. I wish I would have been able to get a clear photo of them. As we went along the trail, I could just feel the stress leaving my shoulders, my back, and the headache that I had for the past four days was just about a distant memory. We all laughed and talked along the trail, and it was just like we had known each other for years. We were having an amazing time, and there was no lapse of views to soak in.
It was just so relaxing and we had a great time together! We will definately be heading back to Chain O’ Lakes State Park Riding Stable again! It was very reasonable as well, only $35 for an hour ride! They do offer different packages for you to choose from, as well as Carriage Rides, they also offer group rates, and birthday party packages. It’s a great way to get the family together and have some fun, mom’s to destress, or for a great date. Now, if your going to surprise someone with going there for a ride like I did, be sure to tell them how to dress! Jo was telling us a story about a woman who brought her sisters there for a suprise and one of the sisters was wearing white pants and the other a skirt, just not ideal for horse back riding. lol So you can surprise them but be mice enough to say you may want to wear Jeans, close toed shoes, and comfy wear, so your not in the dog house. lol
The Chain O’ Lakes State Park also offers camping, cabins, boat rental, archery, and so much more. So you could make a stay out of your destressing and relaxing as well. Then head over for a ride, go fishing, and get the full relaxing treatment, there is nothing like just relaxing in the outdoors! Our families will be going to stay there again before winter comes if it stays nice enough or it will be on our bucket list for next summer! Happy trails to you Chain O’ Lakes State Park Riding Stable until we meet again. Thank you to Kasey and Jo for helping us destress while we were there as well.