Wednesday, December 31, 2008

One Horse Power

The second outing we had this weekend was a carriage ride. The weather was perfect for a carriage ride....not too cold....not too warm...!

Our local town goes all out with lights in one of the parks. The entire park is decked out with Christmas lights and decorations. There is Christmas music playing over the speakers throughout the season. Across from the park is a quaint coffee shop. Carriage rides leave from there on the weekends during December.



The carriage takes passengers on a leisurely ride around two blocks surrounding the park. Most of the older homes in this two-block area decorate their homes beautifully for the holiday season. Some even sit on their porches, play music, and wave or speak to those on the carriage rides, or even hand out candy canes.







We've driven down these streets many times looking at the lights from our car, but it was entirely different viewing them from the carriage. Maybe it's the slow pace or the open-air, but everything was just beautiful!







Our horse's name was Jeff. Our driver (Krissy), had her golden retriever, Molly, riding along too. Joy and Molly hit it off quite well!



Our carriage ride ended back at the coffee shop. Joy and Jeff are saying their goodbyes here.




What a charming little carriage ride it was! :)

29 comments:

Tammy said...

Oh, now that looks like fun. Thanks for sharing the pics.

basketsnprims said...

Oh, Tammy, how pretty and what a wonderful ride you must have had. Jeff looks like such a nice, quiet horse. Joy must have been thrilled. Happy New Year, my friend.

blessings,
Pam

Cindy B said...

what a memorable experience!...Thanks for sharing what was a wonderful evening! The picture turned out so neat too!

Kath said...

Oh thats awesome..what FUN!! Thanks for the pictures!


Happy New year to you and your family! I wihs you MANY MANY happy blessings in 2009!!

hugs-Kath

The Whites said...

What a great night with your family- A priceless memory you've created!

Happy New Year!

Mandy

CozyCoops Corner said...

That looks so fun Tammy ! Happy New Year !
Janae :-)

Heather's Stitches said...

How nice! Looks like fun!

Heather

Dawn said...

Oh,Tammy how fun that looks! It sounds like the perfect evening!~ The homes were beautiful, thanks for the pics. Have a wonderful New Year! Dawn

Linda said...

Awwwwwwwww even more fun the other post!! So sweet!!!

lindanuts said...

I love that you got to enjoy such a nostagic experience. My aprents live in historic Nauvoo, Il. where Joseph Smith settled the Mormons on their way to Utah. There is a restaurant there called the Hotel Nauvoo that serves a delightful, home-style buffet. On Sundays, they have a free carriage ride around town. They have a veranda where people sit and chat to wait for their turn. It's a beautiful white carriage and the driver wears a tophat and tails. It is really neat. There aren't any lights but Nauvoo is full of history and quaint shops. There are many restored buildings. They give tours all during the good seasons and they have a pagaent in August that goes on for 2 weeks. It is really a great place to visit. I don't know if you know any Mormons but they are really nice people and very interested in preserving history. Nauvoo is split basically between Mormon and Catholic. They get alomg super and like I said--a great place to go....

Tammy, Happy New Year to your lovely family. May you only know peace and loving moments this coming year and always!

Homespun Simplicity said...

How lovely!!!

wrcdgc said...

Now that looks like fun. They have that here in Richmond but we have never went. It's usually a long wait or just too cold. You guys got lucky and had the perfect weather.

Tammy I hope you and your family have a safe and blessed New Year. I am so glad I got to know you in 2008.

Donna

Lori said...

Hey Tammy~~~

Looks like you had a great night with the carriage ride with your family!!

Happy New Year.......thanks for stopping by......
Lori

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Oh Tammy, that would have been magical to ride in a carriage and look at lights..that would be my whole christmas..looks like you had a wonderful time...happy new year!
Gina ;)

Sue said...

That was such a neat outting! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Happy New Year and I do look forward to a new year of visiting with you!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow Tammy this looks wonderful. What a great memory and fun night you must have had! Have a great New Year!
Debbie

Sharon Kay said...

That looks like a wonderful evening. A few years ago we were with our daughter visiting in S. Carolina and we went on a ride like you did and It was so much fun and it made my holiday that year with happy memories of it forever. Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Tammy... What Fun!!!! The only thing you needed was some snow falling!!!!!

Happy New Year.
Hugs,
Betsy

Shellmo said...

A carriage ride sounds wonderful for this time of year! Happy New Year to you and your family!!

FourOf5zs said...

That looks like so much fun! Thank you for taking me along.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Zaroga

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Wendy said...

It looks like you all had a great time together!!! I hope you and your family are so richly blessed in the coming New Year my friend!! God bless!~HUGS~Wendy

Wendi said...

That sounds like so much fun!!

Sandra said...

That looks like SO much fun :)

Happy New Year :)

Blessed Beyond said...

looks like yall had a wonderful time!!! Wishing you and yours a Happy and Blessed New Year!

countrygirl3031 said...

Happy New Year Tammy! What a fun time!!! Joy looks like she's having such a great time with the dog!

Hugz,
Michele

Farmchick said...

Oh that looks like so much fun!! Happy New Year to you and your family!!!

Daffodil Hill said...

How fun! I would love to take a carriage ride in the snow.

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Happy New Year to you and your family!

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Great pictures...I think that would be sooo much fun!