The resort had just taken the reigns of a very substantial army-vehicle-type bus (the wheels weighted a tonne each!) and were eager to put it to the test, so we were the guinea pigs. The driver had been out that afternoon to check the vehicle could indeed get up the hills and through the creeks... once...
Apart from the larger capacity of this versus the older open-sided bus, I think the resort bought it so they could still give the tours in wet weather - however, the new one seemed to have sprung a leak, right above my head, and the rain was rapidly dripping through the light above my seat. Luckily it was a big vehicle and there were only six guests so I could move to a dry seat!
Now this was a huge deal for me, I was thrown off a horse when I was 16 and broke my back. Always a nervous rider, this 2 weeks of not being allowed to move at all, together with all the months of wearing a back brace, firmly spelled the end for my riding career.
When I had attempted to get on a horse since then, it always ended up with me crying tears of pure terror as soon as I come into contact with the four-legged beast. I did always like the thought of returning to the saddle until that point.
T had arranged it as a surprise (he did know that I was seriously wanting to have another go at it - he is not mean!!), so luckily I didn't know what we were doing until 30 minutes beforehand.
I persevered, and was introduced to a 9-year old male horse called Scooter.
Scooter was a little treasure, and we arrived back with me not having shed one tear, or shaking, even including the moment when T and the guide were at the bottom of a steep hill, and Scooter and I were at the top. The guide had told me Scooter sometimes trots to keep up, especially when downhill. I have always hated going downhill on a horse, especially at speed, but, after a bottom scratch (for Scooter...) we walked down, slowly.
This little fella eating grass outside of the front door to our suite reminded us we didn't even have to venture out of our suite to see the wildlife:
We didn't want to leave, but what an experience it was!