When we travel we have to bring many things with us, like our pillows, food that meets our gluten free diet, our supplements, our cameras, and this time we even brought our coffee maker. Often you can rent a home for less money than a hotel. This was the case in Alabama. I rented us a 100 year old cabin a half hour outside Birmingham. The cabin was owned and operated by an equestrian center and came complete with free range goats and female longhorn cows, a few chickens and several horses.
We did not ride here, as an introductory lesson was expensive, and our time was limited. This was our home base, a place to sleep, eat, relax and enjoy nature. At times we enjoyed a bit too much nature, like when Grace and I went to bring the garbage down to the barn and were met by the free ranging longhorns. I was assured that they were female, but after seeing one scratch its horn against tree bark, that bit of information did nothing to ease my fears.
Grace wanted to explore and photograph the beauty of this place. One morning the three of us woke at six am bundled up, and headed outside to the pond. We kept a safe distance from the cows, avoided their patties, and meandered through the property. We met what could possibly be the greatest horse ever. We all fell in love with him, named him Dillon and really really wanted to trailer him home to Connecticut.
This was an old home, complete with old home issues, but one we will always remember. It reminded us of another old home we rented on Cape Cod, the one where the raccoons ran under the floorboards and every floorboard creaked when you stepped on it. We slept well in this old home, and while it was drafty, it was cozy, and we enjoyed it with friends. It was just perfect.