You can get anything you want at #alicesrestaurant
The temperature was insane this weekend, so we chose to go to our favorite hot weather park where it was, sadly, still freakin’ hot. However, it was at least very shaded.
When we got to Alice’s, we stripped the ponies’ tack and let them roll. The crowds at the restaurant loved it. We could here people awing from a distance. A few people came up to ask us about it while we were waiting for a table.
It took a long time to get a table (this place gets insanely crowded), but we had some shade and drinks. We eventually got a seat on the porch so we could keep an eye on the ponies. The restaurant has nice hitching posts and one of the servers brought out a bucket of water for the ponies.
The food was great, but then we had to hit the trails and get back. Because of the heat, we took it slow and walked most of the way out and back. We started late and didn’t get back until after 5. I tried to convince my husband we should stop by the horse park to bathe the ponies (we’re not allowed to at our barn), but he wasn’t down for it.
It was a fun and relaxing day with the ponies and I hope to do it again sometime. Did anyone else do anything fun with their horses this weekend?
Mine was a different sort of weekend but still fun. That would be so awesome though – to ride to a restaurant and hitch up.
Your weekend sounded pretty cool to me.
I went for a trail ride! Very hot and sweaty pony afterwards since we were in the foothills of Southern California and don’t have the same tree coverage up there on those open ridges.
Can’t bathe hay burners at your barn too, huh? That probably needs to get prefaced with “You know you’re in drought-stricken California when…” We can give hose baths, but there’s a $20 surcharge each time, so most people resort to sponge baths (usually water brought from home) or letting them dry and currying. I just bought a little portable shower gadget thing that plugs into the car a/v and will bring 5 gallon Home Depot buckets from home with the warm-up water from the shower.
Wow. I guess it makes sense, but that never occurred to me. Crazy times in CA.
For a while, we had a tank of water in the truck that we’d take from home to the barn to do baths with, but that’s too hard to do now with all the camping stuff in the truck.
omg thats so cool that you could ride to the restaurant. and it was cute the server brought buckets of water out.
what do you mean you cant bathe the ponies at your farm??
CA if in like year 5 of a horrible drought. My barn was on a well, but the owner shut it off to keep the water for her house and our horse water is brought in by truck once a week. We’re not allowed to bathe because that’s a huge use of water.
I totally missed that in the post….Thats crazy! Reasons to never move back to CA #1475639976
It’s on my list of reasons to move away from CA.
Agreed. Hosing off in the summer is amazing. And you know, having grass too.
I’ve given up grass as a lost cause. Hosing is all I’d like now.
Nothing fun here horse related although I did get a new farrier and adore her, so that was a win. Is the no bathing thing related to the drought? Seems very odd to not be able to wash the horses at the barn.
The no bathing thing has been going on for years with the drought. New farrier is awesome news though!
Dang that is cool! I always wanted to ride to a restaurant haha! B hurt himself so no, nothing funsies
Damned horses! Always injuring themselves.
That is actually so cool!
It was really fun.
Man I really miss trails. Riding up to a restaurant sounds fun. I did have pony fun, just in that I realized just how awesome sauce my mare has become at lateral work. Now it’s me lol. And because Saturday lesson unusually the fullest with some pretty cool women, and a junior to lake us all feel old lol
I love seeing other people ride the mule and make her look so good, but then I’m like, oh yeah, guess that means I’m the problem.
i dream of being able to ride up to a restaurant with the horses haha! so fun! my weekend was super horsey too, lots of horse shows to help at and spectate!
I’m always jealous of people who ride to drivethrus. We actually have a few restaurants in this area that you can ride to.
ooo Alice’s is so yummy! How cool that you could ride there 😀
Yeah, the food is great in addition to it being a riding destination.
That sounds awesome!
It’s a cool trip. I feel like it’d make a nice NorCal Blogger meetup, but I am just not ambitious enough to organize that.
That’s so cool you can ride right up to the restaurant! Definitely nothing like that around here. I can’t imagine not being able to bath my ponies, but I get it with the drought and all. Are you able to hose them down at least, or just sponge baths?
Sponge baths only, but we don’t really even do that. Most of the time they just get sprayed down with alcohol afterwards. We can use the hose for injuries and I will have to bath Nilla so I can shave her.
Add drought/ no baths to the list of reasons why I don’t want to move to California…
I took Annie to a hunter pace on Saturday which was really fun! 🙂
I’m so jealous. A hunter pace is on my horsey bucket list.
And I don’t want to live here either.
This sounds freaking awesome. Minus the heat. Boo to heat. Our weather FINALLY broke into fall temps and I’m so grateful. Hope you get a break in your heat soon!
We actually had some cool weather and it just heated up for the weekend. It’s back to cool again and I’m hoping it stays that way.
This makes me really want to go on a trail ride. I’m gonna have to hit up Kathy to take me on another one pretty soon.
This was an especially great ride.