It’s called horsepower, right?

Sorry, sorry, sorry! I haven’t been posting anything for a long time! There’s a reason. I bought a horse. A real HORSE.

My very own horse, Obi. “Got ears?”
My very own horse, Obi. “Got ears?”

Yep, when winter cheated us yet another year, I simply had to find something else fun to do since snowmobiling was minimal at best. So I restarted horseback-riding!

A dirt-bike-friend’s friend had horses. And she needed a little help getting her horses ridden. So I called her and said “I can ride!” She was very polite and said… “sure, come ride with me on Saturday” probably thinking to herself “—this will be fun. I bet Hanna really thinks she can ride — well, we’ll see about that.”

So I showed up, and she tells me I get to ride “Gunnar.” Gunnar is one of the biggest horses I’ve ever seen! Gunnar is a Clydesdale and Quarter Horse mix. And not super polite as he had thrown off a few people before he met me. Thanks friend!

Funny though, when it comes to horses, I’m not easily scared. Although I haven’t really ridden a horse in — oh… 27 years or so — I was very excited to pick it up again. And I’ll be damned if Gunnar was going to show me who’s boss.

Tacking up was a breeze. My friend rides “English” just like I grew up doing — it’s what you learn in Sweden. (Oh, did I mention my friend is Swedish too?) If she had handed me a Western saddle, I would have been in trouble. I don’t do “Western.”

This is Gunnar — the “gateway drug”
This is Gunnar — the “gateway drug”

Well, off to the trails we went and I must have proven myself because I was invited back for more rides 😉  Which I took her up on. And we spent many a weekends either riding around in the hills in Carson Valley or trailering out to some of the other fantastic areas here in Northern Nevada.

As it turns out, Gunnar was my “gateway drug.” I instantly got hooked and decided that I wanted my own horse to love on. So I talked my friend into selling me one of her other two horses (between me and you, I’m pretty sure I bought her best horse and it wasn’t even for sale…).

Obi (as in Obi Wan Kenobi), the horse I bought, was even taller than Gunnar, so I am literary in Heaven every time I ride!

So screw winter this year! I have a new passion — I haven’t missed my snowmobile once since Obi entered my life.

10 reasons to NOT move back to Sweden

  1. The crappy weather
  2. The seriously crappy weather
  3. The really seriously crappy weather (except when it’s nice 😉
  4. There’s only 40 different kinds of cereal in the grocery store. I mean, who can survive with such a slim selection!
  5. The candy is so much better in Sweden. I would eat myself to death.
  6. Food portions are much smaller. My son, who’s growing, seems to need two portions and that gets expensive.
  7. Open areas I used to enjoy have houses on them now. I would have to find new trails!
  8. My Swedish language is 20+ years old. I sound like a dork here (too).
  9. Gas prices are ridiculous.
  10. I really, really like living in the US and my life here 😉

Just had to write this convince myself to stay in the US a little longer.

God Jul! (or Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas — whatever you prefer).

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2016 is slowly coming to an end. This year has had a lot of action for all of us — myself, Lukas and John.

The beginning of the year had a little better snow coverage than previous years so we got some decent snowmobiling/snowbiking in. Motorized snow-play is pretty much all we care about in the winter…

When the snow melted, I kept heading up in the mountains but now on my horse Obi. It’s amazing to be able to enjoy the Sierras year round! John and I got some good trail rides in together and we both were like “Oh, I remember us riding through here in the snow! Looks soooo different!”

In June, Lukas and I moved back to our house in Tahoe. I had made a promise to Lukas that we would consider moving back in time for him going into highschool. So we did. Gotta play the “mom card” for a bit. There’s always time for me and John to do our stuff too 😉

Lukas started high school and is doing great. He’s almost as tall as I am now (which I think has been a huge motivator for him — he’s clearly growing now!) Lukas spent almost a month in Sweden with my family, which also included a week in Provence, France. Lucky kid! He also spent some time with his half sister and brother who both live in Sweden as well.

I too went to Sweden for about a week to do some serious shopping and visiting my family (not necessarily in that order). They’re doing great. My sister and her husband restored an old farmhouse that they live in full time now. It’s an incredibly beautiful location! My dad is being well taken care of by his lady-friend and I’m thankful I can stay with my brother and sister-in-law when I go to Sweden as it’s easy access to shopping. Their daughter Sara is adorable although I almost think she had about enough of Lukas after his visit. By the end of Lukas stay, the whole family had learned how to “Dab!” on commando from Lukas. Including myself.

John has been busy making sure life is exciting for all of us. In a good way. He’s been doing a lot of soul-searching and is spending a lot of time helping others through his own experiences. It may sound cryptic but you can ask him more about it if you want to know. It’s not my place to elaborate on his (our) journey.

John and his horse Harley is still holding down the fort at the Sandcastle. John loves that horse! I think he loves him more than he loves me — I’m afraid to ask… 😉 It’s a pretty healthy obsession though so “it’s all good” to use John’s most common mantra.

We love being back in Tahoe. I moved Obi with up here with tons of good riding in the Tahoe Basin. There are so many good trails straight out from the barn where he was boarded. Plus, it’s only 5 minutes from my house so I was over there at least twice a day and could ride whenever I wanted to. Will for sure keep Obi here next summer too!

We’re hoping for more snow before Christmas here in Tahoe. Yesterday, we did our first “real” snowmobiling outing. John was, of course, on his snowbike and I was on my sled. Lukas and his dad was out riding snowmobiles too and we all got together at the end of the day. Great day and many more of those to come!

When picking out photos for this Julbrev I realized we’ve done so much this year! I’ve put captions on the photos so you can see for yourself.

Last addition! Just found out that my bonus daughter Kaitlyn and her Jay got engaged the other day! That’s very exciting!

We wish you all a very GOD JUL and a GOTT NYTT ÅR!
Google it if you can’t figure out what that means.

Hanna, John and Lukas


Sunday ride with a real treat

OK, so maybe Sunday was the last warm day of the season… Not worth risking wasting a warm-ish day by not riding, right?

Lake Tahoe Blue Riders (of which I’m a member) had announced that they wanted to ride to Walker, Nevada and have BBQ lunch. Sounded good to me so I met up with them when they came down the mountain from their starting point up at Lake Tahoe.

Riding with the boys, the pace was up about 15-20 mph from Friday’s all ladies’ ride. Can’t say I didn’t enjoy twisting the throttle a little again… sorry ladies, but I’ve got the need for speed in my veins.

Anyway, while enjoying various BBQ dishes at “Mammoth Lakes BBQ” in Walker, this traveling band couple started chatting with us. And within minutes, they got their guitars out and gave us an impromptu sampler of their repertoire. We LOVED it! What a treat!

Check them out at, they were the coolest young couple from Arkansas. Just traveling the country playing where they could.

Horsepowered moms are faster!