We went to a small town Christmas event tonight and one of the prominent attractions was horse-drawn carriage rides, as well as hay rides. We paid $6, stood in line and boarded a small, white one-horse carriage for a ride down main street. It was awesome. Clack, clack, clack as we rode past merry makers, Christmas displays and antique stores with awnings covered with fake snow. Ah, Christmas. Despite a temperature of around 75 here today, it really felt like Christmas after dark in this little town.
Oh, and the carriage. How cool would that be? We recently saw one advertised in the local classifieds for $1,000. I wonder how much use we’d get out of it. We could be in the Christmas parade and load up for an old-fashioned ride over to a friends house nearby (also horse lovers). And this way we could all go, even though there are 3 of us and only two horses. We’d have to get a one-horse carriage though. Valentine is so much bigger than Moonshine, they’d surely be out of sync. Oh well, it’s an idea we’ll toss around until some money comes our way.
A fun little side note – there is a carriage maker at Dollywood that really make real horse carriages the old fashioned way – by hand.