Today I went riding with Sarah Vesey outside of the spa town of Lanjaron in Southern Spain. My horse Megan, a nine-year-old Andalusian cross, was the perfect mount for the day. We rode out from the stables with a small group of four. The area where we were riding is the Alpijarras, a rural, mountainous part of Southern Spain. This part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains is dotted with white washed towns, including Lanjaron. Many of the people that live in these mountains are organic farmers with self-sustaining farms. It is a very different way of life. Most people use solar power, as electricity is hard to get here and expensive. Sarah and her family live simply here. They rescue and rehabilitate horses and have a lot of dogs that they have taken in as well.
From where we started the ride, I could see a few towns in the distance, the ocean and mountains. We would end high in the mountains, with views of the snow capped Sierra Nevadas, pine forests, green mountainside, and only one farmhouse in sight.
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