Canaveral National Seashore

Canaveral National Seashore

WE WERE CAMPED JUST OUTSIDE ORLANDO, FLORIDA, AT A PRIVATE FARM WHICH TOOK CAMPERS WITH HORSES.  THE HORSES HAD A NICE PASTURE IN WHICH TO MOVE AROUND AND HORSES TO VISIT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE.  THEY WERE HAPPY!

IT WAS ALSO NICE FOR US HUMANS, TOO.  OUR HOST HAD MADE ARRANGEMENTS EARLIER IN THE YEAR TO RIDE ON THE BEACH AT CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE.  THE RIDE WAS BY PERMIT ONLY.  SHE ASKED US IF WE WOULD LIKE TO JOIN HER GROUP AND OF COURSE WE SAID OH, YES!

 

CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE IS LOCATED ON THE ATLANTIC OCEAN BEGINNING JUST SOUTH OF DAYTONA, FLORIDA.  WE GOT AN EARLY START TO MAKE THE 2 HOUR DRIVE THERE.

 

THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THE BEACH THAT DAY WAS IN THE LOW 60’S WITH 20-30 MILE HOUR WINDS. THE SUN WAS SHINING BRIGHT. WE SADDLED UP OUR HORSES AND LED THEM OVER THE SAND DUNES TO THE BEACH.  WITH THE SUN ON OUR BACKS WE RODE DOWN THE BEACH WITH A STRONG WIND BLOWING IN OUR FACES.  THE OCEAN WAS ROUGH WITH WHITE CAPS OUT AS FAR AS THE EYE COULD SEE. SEA GULLS WERE FLYING CLOSE TO THE SHORE SEARCHING FOR LUNCH. WE CAME UPON A BEACHED MANATEE WHICH THE HORSES GAVE A SECOND LOOK AS WE PASSED BY. THE SURF WAS ROUGH SO WE LET THE HORSES GRADUALLY GET USED TO THE BREAKING WAVES.

 

ON DOWN THE BEACH WE PASSED A BEACHCOMBER OUT FOR A WALK.  NOT MANY FOLKS WERE OUT FOR A WALK THAT DAY.  ABOUT AN HOUR DOWN THE BEACH WE TURNED OUR HORSES AROUND AND HEADED BACK. NOW WE HAD A TAILWIND MAKING THE TRIP BACK EASIER. A FLOCK OF SANDPIPERS WERE CHASING THE WAVES BACK TO THE OCEAN LOOKING FOR FOOD IN THE SHALLOW WATER.  AS A NEW WAVE CAME IN TO BRING FRESH SUPPLIES THEY RETREATED QUICKLY BACK TO SHORE AND START THE PROCESS OVER AGAIN. WHEN WE GOT CLOSE THEY FLEW AWAY DOWN THE BEACH.

 

WE WERE BACK AT OUR TRAILERS READY TO UNSADDLE THE HORSES AND FIND A SUNNY SPOT.  WE GAVE THE HORSES SOME HAY AND FOUND A SUNNY SPOT BETWEEN THE TRAILERS AND USED THEM TO BLOCK A LITTLE OF THE WIND. WE HAD WORKED UP QUITE AN APPETITE, SO THE PICNIC LUNCH WE BROUGHT SURE TASTED GOOD AS WE ENJOYED TALKING ABOUT OUR TRAIL RIDE. WATER FOR THE HORSES WAS AVAILABLE AND BATHROOMS FOR THE “GULLS AND BUOYS”.

 

HORSEBACK RIDING ON THE BEACH IS ALLOWED NOV.-APRIL BY APPLING FOR A PERMIT.

 

STARTING IN MAY, SEA TURTLES COME ONTO THE BEACH TO DEPOSIT THEIR EGGS IN THE SAND AND LET THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER SUN HATCH THE EGGS.  THIS PROCESS CONTINUES UNTIL SEPTEMBER. HENCE, NO RIDING ON THE BEACH SO AS NOT TO DISTURB THE NESTS.

 

TIME TO LOAD’EM UP AND HEAD’EM OUT TOWARDS HOME.

A GREAT DAY AND A GREAT RIDE! THE NEXT ADVENTURE WILL BE COMING SOON.

 

HERE’S WISHING YOU MANY “MANY HAPPY AND SAFE TRAILS.”

 

BOBBIE AND LARRY

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