We have the best landlords in the world. Not only are they responsive and conscientious when it comes to home maintenance issues, they are both just really wonderful people. One would be lucky to know them; we are. I would go so far as to say they are Earth Angels. They extend a helping hand to many, both humans and animals alike, with nothing expected in turn except perhaps the good karma of paying it forward. They reached out to us during a time of need, and the relationship and friendship we are building with them is a true gift.
We are fortunate to have an open invitation to come out to their ranch in Banda to ride their beautiful horses, play with their pack of dogs (most of them rescued), chase chickens, feed the 4 burros (also rescued), ride quads, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of mother nature in the Mexican central highlands.
It would be an understatement to say that this time with the animals in nature has been very healing for our children and connecting for our family as we continue to settle into our new lives here in the central highlands of Mexico. There is a magic here, out on the ranch, away from the stimulus of the city, where time slows down and you literally stop to smell the flowers. We are grateful to have access to both worlds. Moving from the small pueblo of San Pancho with a population of under 3,000 to San Miguel with a population of around 150,000 has been an adjustment for us, especially The Reds. Coming out to Banda allows Mairead and Liam the freedom and space to run, play, and explore, unihibited by some of the larger city realities.
Their ranch hands Mario and Rodo accompany us on the rides, lead the way through the dusty trails, and see to it that our little ones are safe and looked after as they get their feet wet in the equestrian arena. They are true cowboys, and a hard day of work in the high desert sun is nothing foreign to them. They are gracious, full of information and stories about life in central Mexico, and grateful for a cold soft drink at the end of a 2-hour ride. Each of Erik and Holly’s 6 horses are gorgeous, well trained, spirited, and so fun to ride. Liam is mastering how to say ‘whoooooaaaaa’ each time Dolly gets a little excited and Mairead, in her free-spiritedness, has given me a few heart-attacks as she explores her freedom on Cañon. Frank has been paired up with Guerrero (Warrior), the ‘gentle giant’, and a giant he is! Seeing Frank on top of Guerrero, with his campesino hat on, riding through the desert highlands of Mexico, is a site indeed. Much different from his life as a firefighter for sure.
As for me, Casa Nova and I seemed to have been matched up, and a lover he is with all the neck massages he requires at the end of each ride.
And as they say, pictures can say a thousand words so I will let them tell the rest of this story…..
The O’Grady Adventures continue….from Southern California to the Mexican Jungle, to the Desert Highlands of Central Mexico!….. Stay tuned~