My friend on the other hand, had a bit more intimate experience with her thoroughbred. Let's just say her horse exposed her to a new way of feeling free and hanging out!
Prior to living out our western dreams, we had checked into a beautiful bed & breakfast and were treated to a massage (which in retrospect we should have done after our workout with the horses!) After we were settled in our host gave us a tour of the grounds and was nice enough to print out directions to where we would be dining that night. Little did he know that two blondes in a car together would require more than 2 gps systems, printed directions, and verbal directions on two different occassions. But no need to worry because by 8pm we finally found our way to dinner.
(I won't mention that it was only 8 minutes down the road, which took us 1 1/2 hours to navigate)
Upon our late return to our quarters, we rifled through our welcome gift basket and broke open a delicious bottle of red wine. Needless to say the giggles broke out after that and we were like two teenagers at a slumber party. Aahhh, to be young again!
The next morning we awoke to an elaborate (and delicious) breakfast and enjoyed some adult time together before heading back to reality. We were two caregivers, my friend and I, each with our own worries and challenges. Together, we visited David's Refuge and temporarily were able to focus on ourselves for once, allowing us to come back to our loved ones a better person.
This was the dream of two people; a couple who raised and lost a little boy with special needs. They know what it is like to be constant caregivers, feeling alone, and needing a place to temporarily escape to. Together they made this dream come true for families who are raising their own child with special needs/life threatening illnesses. In honor of their son, they run a non-profit Bed & Breakfast named David's Refuge. Here you can customize your own retreat. They offer many ammenities to pamper and relax their guest. You can get salon treatments, take dance lessons, go kayaking, sailing, horse back riding or even skiing. There is something for everyone!
Do you know someone who could benefit from a retreat? Warren and Brenda Pfohl hope that you will visit their website @ http://davidsrefuge.org/. "It goes without saying that being the parent of a child with special needs is demanding. As a result of this stress, marriages fail, families crumble, and very often hope is lost. During your stay at David’s Refuge you will be pampered, encouraged, and reminded that you are not alone, that God loves you, and that what you do really matters." ~David's Refuge