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quality=70&strip=all&w=300" data-large-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/cpt109327267_high.jpg? quality=70&strip=all&w=650" /Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses participants in a roundtable discussion with civil society leaders in Mexico City, Mexico October 12, 2017.
President Donald Trump welcomes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik " data-medium-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/trudeau-trump_2.jpg? quality=70&strip=all&w=300" data-large-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/trudeau-trump_2.jpg? quality=70&strip=all&w=720" /epa06311370 (FILE) – A view of the beach at Pompano Beach Club in Southampton, Bermuda, 14 June 2017 (reissued 06 November 2017).Media reports on 05 November 2017 state that a leak of financial documents dubbed the Paradise Papers with 13.4 million documents has revealed how powerful and ultra-wealthy people secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens.As I scoured the eerily silent streets for a Diet Coke, I saw a blonde in a cowgirl hat approaching and concluded that my ride had indeed arrived.Despite the early morning hour, Noelani was bubbly and sweet and I quickly felt a Stage Five Friend Crush brewing.And her crew, cowgirls Amanda and Heather and cowboy Nick, were equally disarming in their charm.
I took a grand tour of the property and immediately regretted I wasn’t calling one of the four cozy guestrooms home for a night.
And that memory is playing cowgirls and pirates with the crew at Rancho Chilamate.
It all started with the earliest wake up call I had in San Juan del Sur, a am pickup from the center of town.
I knew that their rides were ranked number one on Tripadvisor for things to do in San Juan del Sur and I knew that I loved unique horseback riding experiences, but I hadn’t asked any questions or done any research beyond that. Our group was perfectly sized — five riding guests and three ranch guides, and we meandered contentedly through dirt roads and wide open valleys towards the beach. The horses moved organically, and I felt connected to Bruno as we tested out different gaits and took turns saying hi to different riders and horses.
So imagine my delight when our first order of business was suiting up in a fully stocked cowgirl closet, and doing a photoshoot in front of those gorgeous blue doors. I realized right then and there I could never go on another stale trail ride again. We crested a ridge in the valley and suddenly, I was staring out at the sea. At this point, we dismounted and everyone took a break — the horses relaxed in the shade and we toasted to our journey with and warm goodies baked by women in the local community.
I felt a white noise of adrenaline coursing through my brain and when we slowed to a trot there was nothing I could do to stop my beaming.