Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - July 6, 2005)
Getting back to nature on horseback
The rain played a symphony upon the log
cabins tin roof late into the evening, but the early morning sun was already
casting beams across the knotty pine wooden floor. One rooster was hard at work
singing reverie, while a couple of hounds bellowed that it was time to rise and
|Photo by Rick Tremmel
|Lucy gets brushed, Dottie gets
in on the attention, and Karen Mitchell Tremmel gets the honeymoon
After greeting the day with a large cup of coffee and a bowl of grits, salt and
peppered, we thumped our boots against the railing to scatter any critters that
might have crawled in for nights rest. These were the rituals wed
become accustomed to while staying at a ranch in Georgia.
Joe and Richard, the hired hands, were down by the stables hauling water and
unrolling bales of hay. Lucy, a beautiful red-haired Paint met me at the gate,
while Dottie, a dappled Blue Roan, pushed her head against my shoulder.
My wish for our getting-back-to-nature honeymoon was to spend time with horses,
while Ricks desire was to feel cool mountain air. Solution: a guest ranch
with outfitted log cabins in the north Georgia mountains on about 35 acres. With
rivers nearby for kayaking, wooded trails for hiking, and crystal clear, cold
springs to cool off we were set.
Wayne and Linda, co-owners of the ranch, gave us the lay of the land as we sat in
rocking chairs upon a long covered porch, lined with an assortment of muddy cowboy
boots. A cool breeze blew in from the mountains. Linda served up homemade peach ice
cream and watermelon. A big, old, orange tabby tumbled into my lap, while the men
exchanged tales and stories and spit watermelon seeds over the porch railing.
There be a couple of fox dens down in the hollow near the spring. We think
she uses both of them accordin to the weather and run off, but if you go down
there, watch out for the rattlesnakes and water moccasins by the creek. They can be
kind of cantankerous.
We nodded and smiled appreciatively while looking over the pasture.
Dude ranches, guest ranches, guest ranch B&Bs and ranch cabins offer an
alternative to getting back to nature, if camping is not your style. Horse ranches
such as English Gap in Georgia or Ace of Hearts in Titusville offer an alternative
to being in the great outdoors. These vacations vary from the rustic experience,
where you bring in your own bedding and cook your own meals, to the higher priced
luxurious experience which may include fireplaces, queen bed, shower/tub, wet bar,
sitting area, rocking chairs, screened covered porches and gourmet meals. You have
your choice between working, educational or sedentary chill-out ranch
While surrounded by the calm of the natural world, the sweet scent of hay and the
soft nuzzles of horses, youll be catapulted far away from the business of
everyday city life and gently swayed back to nature.
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.