Get Back in the Saddle–Horseback Riding is a Fun Tween and Teen Activity

Trail-ride-ready at Seaton Hackney Stables in Morristown, NJ.

I love it when my nieces or nephew visit! My sister calls it “Camp Naomi” when any of her daughters stay over. Last winter, my brother’s daughter spent a few days in New Jersey, and we had a great time exploring the American Museum of Natural History, hand-building at a Visual Arts Center of New Jersey pottery class, and going on a trail ride at Seaton Hackney Stables in Morristown. Though I live in the ‘burbs and my town is a commuter-train-ride away from Manhattan, you don’t have to drive far to find horses. In fact, Watchung Stable is located in a neighboring county in the midst of the wooded Watchung Reservation.

Located in the Watchung Reservation, Union County’s Watchung Stable has a long and rich heritage. Owned and operated by the County since 1933, its goal is to provide the opportunity to learn how to ride, enhance equestrian skills or just enjoy the natural beauty of the 26 miles of bridle paths that weave through the Reservation, a 2,000-acre forest preserve.

Watchung Stable

My niece and I enjoyed the peaceful trail ride through Morris County’s Loantaka Brook Reservation. The stables have a low-key, friendly feel, and the staff and guide couldn’t have been nicer.

Hon, need an excellent tween or teen activity? This is it!

Me and my niece say hi to a stable resident.

Stables near Essex County, NJ: Seaton Hackney Stables, Watchung Stable, Mortonhouse Farm, Silver Bit and Spur Farm


Top Ten Reasons Why Disco Dude Rocks

Disco Dude from Zoe My nine year-old niece drew this disco dude. She certainly didn’t see John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever and I don’t know if she has watched Grease, but she’s come up with her own version of a classic. Hon, here are the top ten reasons why this guy makes me laugh.

1.  Disco Dude’s wearing dark sunglasses inside.

2.  He’s dancing right under the disco ball.

3. Check out his open collared shirt and dark, curly chest hair.

4. Disco Dude’s sporting some cool white boots. (go go boots for men?)

5. Disco Dude’s dancing to the music.

6. He’s shaking his head.

7. He’s moving his hands and feet.

8. He’s wearing purple pants and wiggling his rear end. (love that!)

9. He’s a happy guy.

10. Disco Dude was a gift for my hubby who doesn’t like to dance and, when he had hair, was a blonde. But, Hubby promotes silliness, totally gets elementary school age humor, and appreciates the budding talent of his nine year-old niece.

Love In The Air

Love was in the August air when my twenty-three year old niece married her high school sweetheart. Twenty-three years ago, my fiance’s sister’s daughter was the adorable red-headed baby at my engagement party.  Hon, no one remembers what I wore but everyone remembers that sweet, happy baby!  Years of hugs, kisses, birthday parties, holidays and milestones shared have created a scrapbook of memories.  I’m looking forward to adding countless more pages to that book. Congrats to the newlyweds!