D & F Pack Station~ Huntington Lake CA Despite the drought in California we still managed to have a wonderful trip to Huntington Lake, one of our favorite places to visit in Huntington Lake is D & F pack station. I know, I ride all the time, have a stellar trail horse named Jake, why would I want to ride on vacation, and why would I want to ride a rental horse. Well the answer is easy, I am on vacation, I get to have some nice guide saddle and unsaddle my horse, they get to pick the trail, the horses are sound, quiet animals and I get to sit back enjoy the new scenery and enjoy the ride.
This year we enjoyed a pleasant lake side trail ride through large pines with views of white puffy clouds and the remaining water in Huntington Lake. Despite the decreased water levels of the lake, we still had a great ride.
Our ride started out at the pack station, and we rode traveled through beautiful pines and streams leading to the lake. We had a variety of ages and riding levels on this ride but our awesome guides Roy and Jeff did a great job matching horses to our skill levels.
I rode a very seasoned mare named Ginger, taking the dusty drag position. (Cough cough, where is my bandana when I need it). Ginger was super cool and easy. She never rushed, stayed calm and quiet the entire ride as did all the horses, even when we started back towards home, the horses never anticipated going home, they kept the same pace as they did going out. Slow and easy, perfect for enjoying the scenery. Ginger was a real pleasure to ride. I was once again pleased with my horse, guides and ride.
We did have one rider that was not completely happy, I heard her say she was a little disappointed with the ride because we did not get to run and trot. Man oh man, if I had a quarter for every time I heard this remark I would be sitting on a big ranch in Montana retired and blogging full time. From my observation, she was far, far away from trotting let alone going for a run. I had to chuckle to myself when I heard her concerns. Multiple times our guide Roy needed to remind this rider to sit up straight and rebalance herself. He did it with utmost respect and kindness to keep her safe in the saddle. Wow! Wouldn’t it be fun to be a guide? NOT! I don’t have patience for this sort of nonsense, my hat is off to Roy for his patience and great attitude.
I doubt there was any pleasing this gal, if you know what I mean.
If you like cool breezes, breathtaking scenery coupled with well seasoned, safe horses D & F Pack station is for you. If you prefer practice unsafe trail riding, run and bounce around on your poor horses back, this place is not for you. Just sayin’
Until next time, happy trails