I learned in eventing camp.
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
2. Everyone needs a Meghan.
3. Do not trust your GPS. Sometimes, it has no clue where the hell you are, but it will still keep giving you directions until you lose your temper and turn it off. Only to find you knew how to get there, anyway.
4. Waffle Houses are open 24 hours a day. Get your hashbrowns scattered, smothered, covered, and chunked. These are particularly awesome at 10pm after wandering all over Aiken looking for anyplace open for dinner.
5. There is one phrase that is always applicable for you. It is in this list. You will hear it every time you go on cross country.
-- Slow down!
-- Sit up!
-- Sit back!
6. Beer tastes better after a long day in the saddle.
7. Age is just a number. That's true for both people and horses.
8. When out on a field trip, stay in line. The leaders get cross when you wander off.
9. Don't ask what's in your food at a restaurant. Live dangerously, order wildly.
10. You win some . . .
You lose some . . .
But at the end of the day, you always kiss your pony on the nose because they're the best darn pony for you.
Adult Camp 2012 is in the books. Again, I am sunburnt, exhausted, and ready for my own place. Tomorrow I will help my trainer set up a new jump course for her Sunday two-phase, have a last ride on Fiona, and then it's off to the Northern Wilderness known as Massachusetts to go back to my life as a business analyst and graduate student.
I don't want to get back in that truck.