Sunday, April 29, 2012

Horseback Riding

Last Friday, my Girl Scout troop went horseback riding at a horseback riding ranch!

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I love horses, and I have always wanted one. Since I don't have one and there is no chance of me getting one any time soon, the next best thing would be to go to a ranch where you can pay to horseback ride.  Luckily, my Girl Scout troop planned such a field trip last week. You can only imagine how thrilled I was! The whole day I could hardly concentrate on my school work in anticipation of the outing right after school. 

When we got to the ranch we were asked to stand in a line, so the horses could choose their riders! This sounded a little strange, but according to our guides if a horse paid attention to you or made eye contact with you, you were the one he/she wanted as its rider! The first horse that was brought out chose me! His name was Gambler and he was a beautiful chestnut colored horse with a mahogany mane.
Once all the Girl scouts, volunteer moms (including mine), and guides had mounted their horses, we started on a one hour ride on a trail through the beautiful hills of the Santa Monica Mountains. It was a beautiful day, and I really enjoyed the lovely scenery. All the horses were very sweet and gentle. The only problem was that mine and a couple of others were very hungry and kept going off trail to eat! No amount of pulling on their reins would make them move! Thankfully, we had three very experienced guides who would come to our rescue and would force the horses back on the trail. I had a wonderful time horseback riding and was sad when it ended. I can't wait to go back.

Me riding on Gambler


The trail
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Have you been horseback riding before?

If so, when was the last time you went and where did you go?

If not, would you like to go horseback riding?

Monday, January 30, 2012

My Field Trip to the San Buenaventura Mission

On Friday, I took a field trip to the San Buenaventura Mission with my class!

San Buenaventura Mission

A big part of the California fourth grade standards are to study California's history. Right now we are studying California's 21 missions which were established in California between 1769 and 1823 by Spanish Catholics. They were places where missionaries taught Christianity to the Native Americans of California.

Each student chose a mission to study, I chose San Juan Capistrano which is about an hour and a half from my house. In the next month or two I will be visiting it with my family. But for a field trip my class visited the San Buenaventura Mission.

The San Buenaventura Mission was founded on March 31, 1782. It was meant to be the 3rd mission founded, but its founding was postponed due to lack of military escorts for thirteen years, making it the ninth mission.  Its founding father was Junipero Serra, who founded eight other missions before San Buenaventura. During the mission's peak year they had  23,400 cattle, 12,144 sheep, and 4,493 horses. Today only a small section of the original mission still stands.

My class took a tour of the mission, and we learned a little bit about how the Native Americans and the missionaries lived and worked.  During the visit, one lady taught everyone how to use a loom to weave. I thought that was the most fun part of  the field trip.  We also learned how to process wool into yarn through a series of combing steps called carding. The cards look like brushes you would use on a dog!

I really enjoyed my visit to the San Buenaventura Mission and can't wait to visit the San Juan Capistrano one!

I am weaving

Carding to process wool into yarn

El Caballo, one of the oldest structures in California.
It is where Native Americans would filter their water.

Had you heard of California missions before reading this post?

Have you been to a mission?

If you are a California fourth grader, what mission are you doing a report on?