National Geographic : 2000 Dec
Jake Hinnenkamp stretches out on a gray gelding, Vandy, outside Linda B's bar and grill in St. Rosa. His folks, Darrell and Suzette, were inside enjoying the annual hog roast. Suzette: "Darrell's from Melrose, and I'm from Long Prairie. We met horseback riding. He was riding with his friends and I was riding with mine, and my friends turned out to be friends of his friends. He rode up alongside me and said, 'I wonder if your horse rides double.' I said I didn't think so, and he swung over and sat behind me. I didn't know what to do so I just hung on. We live on ten acres outside Melrose. We have six horses in all. We lived in town before, but we'd never move back. I like the quietness. I like looking out the window and not looking into someone else's. Darrell's home place is just across the road from us. His brother is farming it. He milks about 50 cows, Holsteins. That horse Vandy is very tolerable with kids. Jake's been on him since he was about a month old, on his first trail ride."