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Old 08-08-2011, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I went on a trek to Nepal the year before I hurt my back, and I'd never go on a trek trip again.
I have a baby boomer voice on my shoulder saying I should want to travel, but don't really feel like it. The only thing I'm willing to go to trouble for is to visit the American West and ride horses, which is expensive, and I'm best doing it while working.
I have always felt that, if I want to see Europe, it'll still be there when I'm older, and it will be an easier place to see than landscapes/horses. Then again, I feel pretty sure that if I wanted to go there a lot, I'd have gone by now. Just doesn't seem to draw me, and I have a dear friend in Hamburg and a pretty good friend with a villa near Siena.
I rode across Mexico. It was a wonderful trip!
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Surf City, NC
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I just listed my house on a couple of home exchange sites. I have friends who have done it; I'll have to see what comes of it. It sounds like an inexpensive way to visit another country and live among the people, rather than in tourist houses or hotels.
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:10 AM
 
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The trek in Nepal was strictly on foot. I had a vague idea that one could go from 9,000 feet (Lukla) to 18,000 feet in two weeks on a gradual incline.
Wrong!
I have looked into horse trips in different countries, but for now, am only interested in the American West. A horse trek seems like an odd way to see a totally new/foreign place, as you can only go so far, right?
As I've always said, if travel is too cheap, board multiple dogs and go horseback riding. That's cost ya.
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Old 08-09-2011, 04:12 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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couple gals I know have done Wales, Scotland, and Ireland via horse / inns.

They had a great time. (and I'm sure it 'cost them')

If you are an experienced horseman, You should be able to find a nice cowboy in WY / MT to outfit you for the free labor... It is about time to start lining up some help for the Sept Oct season of bringing the cattle out of the high country. I met quite a few herders when I was toting my dad's body back for burial (mid Sept). Stopped and had breakfast with one crew, ~ 50% of them were 'greenhorns'. I would just go and hang out in Ranchester and Dayton, or near Encampment. I love the Bighorns and Snowy Range. If I ever need to 'check-out', it might be nice to go for a long early winter hike in one of those areas.
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