You can get anything you want…

At Alice’s Restaurant.

You can get anything you want at #alicesrestaurant

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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?

34 thoughts on “You can get anything you want…

  1. hayflinger

    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.

      1. Olivia Post author

        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.

  2. Megan

    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??

    1. Olivia Post author

      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.

  3. Kat

    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

    1. Olivia Post author

      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.

  4. emma

    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!

    1. Olivia Post author

      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.

  5. Stacie Seidman

    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?

    1. Olivia Post author

      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.

  6. Hillary

    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! 🙂

  7. Liz

    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!

    1. Olivia Post author

      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.

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