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Long-distance rider on a journey of discovery - Full Article

September 21, 2013 by Sally Fox

Have you ever wanted to just get on your pony and ride? Well some people take that sort of thing more seriously than others. Take, for example, a woman named Sea G. Rhydr who found herself at a turning point in her life and ready to head back home.

Sea was in California where she had gone for a couple years to help a friend struggling with cancer. Back home was way back East. In her early 40s, with no big plans or deadlines, her boss at a dude ranch in Mendocino County offered to sell her a 13-year-old paint gelding rescue case for $1, and she decided that the stars were aligned for her to realize a dream she had had for many years.

In the summer of 2011, she read a book by Mesannie Wilkins, “The Last of the Saddle Tramps” and it got her thinking in a whole new way. Wilkins was 63 years old in 1954, had no family, her farm was being repossessed, and she’d lived her whole life in Minot, Maine. Wilkins had nothing to lose so that fall she bought herself a grumpy summer camp horse named Tarzan for $5. On Nov. 8, 1954, Wilkins loaded all her gear on her horse, called her dog and — with $32 in her pocket — headed out for California. She met a bunch of wonderful people, saw some beautiful country, had a few hair-raising adventures, and two years later arrived on the West Coast...

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