I grew up riding every summer really- none of that fancy stuff, just western saddle rides through the woods. It had been a while since I'd been in the saddle though. Before this trip I'd gone once in the past 10 years. I guess it's like riding a bike.
Last summer while we were on our northwestern road trip, Marissa and I went on an all day ride through Yellowstone National Park. It was unbelievable. Luckily, we were in the park for the very first ride of the season. It was just us and an older couple with our 2 guides. We had so much fun and could barely walk the next day (8 hours in the saddle will do that to you when you haven't ridden in years.)
Bandit and Flop, our trusty sidekicks..
Yellowstone basically looks like another planet. That's the best way to describe it to someone who hasn't been there yet. It was so crazy to ride along through the park passing colorful hot springs and smoke rising from the ground, bison and elk grazing in the fields, grizzlies in the distance all the while thinking "I'm still in America... I'm still on this planet." It looks so different.