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Page 84-Friday, June.5, 1981 -TheMlchigah r' '
Ride high in your saddle

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By JOHN ADAM
If you're tired of bucking around on
mechanical bulls, or swinging to the
country western beat, put on your
boots, jeans, and Western shirt and
head out to the ranch.
"More people are going back to the
Western style," said Eric Estes of
Greenview Ranch. This in turn. makes
horseback riding more popular, he
said.
Imagine trotting through the
woodlands. Then, digging in with'your
heels, the horse breaks into a gallop
through the grassy meadow with you
trying desperately not to hold onto the
saddle horn. Horseback riding can be
an adventure in itself.
UNFORTUNATELY, THERE'S not
much room for any horse rental stables
in Ann Arbor. The stables that are in
town only lease horses at a minimum
period of six months, and are mainly
for training or keeping private horses.
However, as close as 20 minutes
away from Ann Arbor are some ran-
ches that do rent horses by the hour.
ABOUT TWO MILES from Silver
Lake is the Hell Creek Ranch located on
Cedar Lake Road in Pinckney. Here
you can ride through 2000 acres of mixed
terrain of pine and orchards, hills and
meadows in country which Janette
Davis of the ranch describes as "much
like Upper Michigan."
Horses are leased for $7 an hour and
the guide-accompanied runs last for
either one or two hours. Davis said they
try to divide the groups according to
ability and have a variety of good hor-
ses to choose from for beginners or ex-
perts. The Hell Creek Ranch, which has
picnicking and camping grounds, opens
June 15 and you must have reservations
to ride.
In addition; the ranch also rents
canoes for trips downa scenic run from
Bruin Lake State Park back to the ran-
ch at Hell Creek. The fopr hour trip
costs $15 a canoe. Other shorter trips
are availableat a lower price.
LIKE THE HELL Creek Ranch,

TESS BOMMARITO, an employee of Shamrock Stables just outside Ann Arbor, rides "Leo"
offer riding lessons and lease horses, but for hourly rentals one must travel a bit further.

Greenview Ranch Inc., located in So
Lyon, offers horseback riding for b
experienced and inexperienced peoj
Horses are available for $6 an hour
week days and $7 an hour on weeker
and holidays. No reservationsa
required.
Here you can ride on your o
through 125 acres of meadowsa
woodland. Riders are given a qu
briefing on how to guide the hor
More advanced instruction is availa
at a cost of $10 an hour.
Hay rides are also offered for a gr4
of 20 or more for $5.50 a person, $1 m
on holidays and weekends. People.
pulled around on a big wagon fil
with hay, and if they are of age and
night time, said Estes, you can h
some beer up there too.

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Lre By STEVE HOOK
are. You've seen the commercials. After
iled an arduous day of canoeing or sail-
it ing, or softball or tennis, some people
ave head for a drink at a bar to relax and
unwind, to recount the day's experien-
ce. And indeed, having a few beers
seems to be a popular form of
recreation for many college students.
The following is a brief review of some
popular bars in the area.
The Blind Pig
(208 list St.)
A popular downtown night club, the
Blind Pig's basement features live local
entertainment four nights a week, and
the unique, quasi-European decor
makes the listening and partying quite
special. Upstairs, guests can enjoy a
glass-and-plant-lined patio while im-
bibing, or while partaking of the soup,
salad, and sandwich menu. Prices are
about average for this town, (read:
somewhat steep). But unlike many of
the other local taverns that attract
students, the Bling Pig is remarkably
void of pretensions and hype; its
presence in Ann Arbor is subtle, low-
key. Clearly, that was the plan.
Del Rio
(122 Washington St.)
A small, quiet place as Ann Arbor
bars go, The Del Rio often invites the
adjective "cozy." A popular spot
among grad students and townspeople,
the bar has the dedicated sort of clien-
tele that go again and again. Among its
virtues are reasonable prices, com-
parative safety and peace of mind,
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enormous selection of jazz and light
rock casettes. There is, however, no
dancing; the bar is definitely for the
sippin'-and-talkin' evenings.
Dominick's
(812 Monroe)
It's located in an unusual place, this
Dominick's, off the beaten path (just
south of the Law Quad). Like the
Village Bell, Dominick's is divided into
two distinct units. Food is served up-
stairs - good, expensive food; and the
downstairs is geared toward
beverages. Although alcohol is a
popular attraction, coffee seems to be
equally in demand in this conspicuously
academic tavern, said to be a popular
gathering place for graduate students.
Among the advantages of drinking here
is the patio overlooking the newly-build
law library. The atmosphere at
Dominick's is refreshingly serene, with
many patrons scouring the New York
Times rather than singing fight songs;
a round of brews here can provide some
much-deseved peace of mind.
Dominick's is also renowned for ser-
ving beer in Ball jars. Just why they do
this is anybody's guess, but nobody
seems to mind.
Doole's
(310 Maynard)
Located in the shadows of the
massive parking structure, Dooley's is
one of the most active, popular
watering holes around campus. The
split-level interior can accommodate
an army of thirsty students, and usually
does just that six nights a week. Watch
See BARS, Page 16

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