A Different Angle of Vesuvio

Here it is, already August, and I’m still trotting through our June adventures trying to get caught up on here! Lately we’ve been slowing down a little with our travels due to the 100 degree temps and the fact that our car has been in the shop for two weeks. I find it hard to appreciate what we are seeing and where we are when I am so uncomfortable, am constantly worried about my kid and dehydration and where to use a toilet if we drink too much, and the relentless scorching sun beating down on us, haha. I remember back when the temperatures first started rising in June (and I thought that was hot) we found some family fun on Vesuvio, but… something unlike your average hike or picnic, etc. We enjoyed Vesuvio from a different angle- atop horseback! It was a beautiful (albeit VERY sweaty) day to ride through a portion of the national park with some of our new friends- galloping under the trees, passing by grape fields, following the way of lava, and stopping by the volcanic rocks for a stunning view below! My six year old was so psyched he got his own horse and was able to take home a piece of lava rock. I thought it would be more of a relaxing ride not having to ride with him or watch him (one of the leaders led him in the front), but I actually spent most of my time trying to get my horse to keep going! She was SO stubborn and relentless! I think I was twice as sweaty than everyone else at the end because of the extra work I had to do to keep kicking my heels at the horse. My stirrups weren’t properly adjusted, so one foot was higher and the other was lower and as a result my heels couldn’t reach the horse well. Not to mention my feet were held at an awkward angle making them hurt by the end of the ride. It was kind of a mess. I grew up riding horses but I felt that I was just flailing everywhere during this ride! But I shoved all of that out of my mind until we stopped and were off the horses. I didn’t want to make it a negative experience by being annoyed. We booked our adventure at: http://www.horseridingnaples.com. They were so sweet. After we returned to the stables, they gave us some water and homemade wine to enjoy. We went through two bottles! We were also told that they had a small farm there and were more than welcome to go visit, but at that time, we were hot and hungry so we passed. Instead, we ended the morning with some pizza and gelato 🙂



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Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!

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