Published On: Sat, Jan 13th, 2018

A Homosexual Previous Time in Moab

Moab’s at all times form of been caught in my head.

Possibly it’s the humorous sounding identify, which doesn’t sound acquainted or fairly like the rest. Or perhaps as a result of it’s at all times appeared like a cool, younger, progressive place—however buried in a pink state that by no means sounded terribly welcoming to a gay man like me.

Over my years of touring (together with a few journeys to or by means of Utah), I by no means fairly acquired there. And the few buddies I knew who did go all appeared to be centered on mountain biking, which was not one thing that I used to be into.

However on a latest journey to expertise a number of of Utah’s spectacular National Parks, we determined that Moab would make a superb residence base to go to each Arches and Canyonlands Nationwide Parks. However we additionally wished to do one thing memorable within the space past mountain climbing. What might or not it’s?

We ate dinner at Pasta Jay’s proper in downtown Moab—good meals and large parts—and mentioned our choices. (We additionally giggled on the restaurant’s emblem, as the massive curvy J seemed like a cursive G, making the menu seem to say, “Pasta Homosexual’s.” Clearly, we’d picked the suitable place.)

There have been a number of biking excursions, which we shortly dismissed, and we centered as a substitute on the various Colorado River boat excursions. However after winnowing them down, we determined that they is perhaps too lengthy, too scorching and an excessive amount of solar for us. Then my youthful son had an thought: “What about horseback driving?”

That was an fascinating thought.

None of my guys had ever been horseback driving earlier than, and I had solely gone as soon as, about 20 years earlier. The extra we mentioned it, the extra we thought it might be an ideal journey within the Moab space.

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We selected Hauer Ranch’s trail rides. Situated within the stunning Professor Valley, the ranch is a few half-hour drive from the downtown space. We selected the Three-hour experience at 9 a.m. to beat the warmth of the day. After paperwork, security briefing, and so on., we had about 2 hours and 15 minutes within the saddle (which was loads for us metropolis slickers.)

James was our tour information—a slim, handsome ranch hand initially from South Dakota. He entertained us with tales concerning the horses on the ranch, descriptions of the sage, juniper and different native crops, mentioning the collared and whiptail lizards that sunned themselves on the rocks.

James additionally confirmed us locations within the Valley the place numerous John Wayne films have been filmed, in addition to the mesa the place Bon Jovi’s “Blaze of Glory” video was shot.

Our horses—Barney, Jem, Snip and Mogie—have been all very nicely behaved.

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James, who rode proper in entrance of Matthew the entire time, patiently answered my son’s virtually fixed barrage of questions—a lot of which handled rest room points:

How have you learnt when the horse goes to poop? (They begin strolling slower and take larger steps with their hind legs.)

What number of horses does the ranch have? (31.)

Do the horses ever eat the poop? (No, not in the event that they’re wholesome.)

Are any horses on the ranch in love? (There’s one gelding that a lot of the feminine horses actually like, and there are a number of boyfriend/girlfriend horse pairs.)

How previous is my horse? (About 18.)

Can the horses pee whereas they’re strolling? (No, and I guess you possibly can’t, both!)

We have been pleased to see that the workers didn’t bat a watch at our non-traditional-looking household, they usually made us really feel welcomed and comfy. That, mixed with the superb surroundings and nice workers means we will certainly return to Hauer Ranch the subsequent time we go to Moab.

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