A lovely bright day, summer with a bit of wind, and the Acorn Riders decided to go see a new kind of oaks, the Quercus agrifolia coastal oaks of the La Purisima Mission property in Lompoc, California.
We started the ride at the parking lot at the front of the 2,000 acre property, and did a 3.53 mile loop up the Eastern border in 90 minutes.
Mississippi Molly came along, another adventure in the continuing education of Stoney the Brandenburg/Thoroughbred X.
Stoney does not yet get it, he has not reconciled to the fact that it is the fate of horses to be told what to do.
He doesn't like being told what to do.
He's going to learn.
And the third rider was Miss Bella, another student of Molly, riding the long-suffering patient Woodrow QuarterHorse.
Woodrow has been been drafted into the role of assistant teacher in the Miss Molly Charm School for Horses.
He is teaching the riders.
To read more about the mission check out http://www.lapurisimamission.org/
On the map you can see this is a straight track up the right side, and then once up onto the mesa we took a left and tracked straight across again.
From the top of the mesa we could look out across the mission acres to the city of Lompoc, and the fog rolling in off the ocean beaches beyond.
The fence line we walked was held in place by ancient weathered posts and barbed wire.
Now, tell me this piece of real live ranch memorabilia wouldn't fetch a top dollar in an antique store specializing in Americana?
Between the woodpecker and squirrel holes and the bug erosion, this is definitely the authentic Olde West.
But soon we turned and headed across the mesa, out of the shrublands and into a sea of moving grasses.
La Purisima Mission will wait for our return.