Too often, I never make it further north than Santa Barbara for the weekend, when just a little farther up the road there's a wild and natural playground waiting to be explored. And The Alisal Ranch is the perfect place to begin.
Following my 40th birthday I was seized by a strong urge to do something new and different -- learn something I knew nothing about, even a subject that had never before occurred to me. I decided on riding lessons.
"You can get a good horse -- not a 2008 model, but reliable -- for $2,000 to $3,000." I was even more enthusiastic when he told me that it costs only $150 a month to feed. "I spend about $80 a week on gas," I said.