Randy took a day off on Tuesday so we decided to drive the 80 miles to Island Park. We had driven at Harriman State Park several years ago, (probably 8-10 years ago) so we decided it was time to try it again since the forecast was for a pretty fall day. Harriman (the other Herriman) is a great place to drive because there are miles and miles of roads that wind through the Park. Nice little roads just right for a horse and carriage with hardly a soul around except for a few fisherman on the river. Annie kind of matches the fall grasses, don't you think? She did great - - - just a nice little road trot as we drove along. She seemed to enjoy the drive almost as much as we did.
We drove out through the Ranch for about 10 miles just enjoying the beautiful countryside with horses and cattle grazing on the golden grasses and lots of wildlife on the river. A perfect setting for a drive!
We crossed an old bridge that spanned a pretty stretch of river. Randy got out and lead us across the bridge because it looked a little scary to Annie. The hollow sound of a bridge sometimes is a little frightening to a horse but she crossed it just fine without any problems. She's a fun horse to drive--always willing to try and not afraid of new things--just looks them over and goes on--just like she should.
These are some of the cabins that can be rented at the Park. I'm sure during the summer and weekends Harriman is a pretty busy place. But this late in the season, and on a weekday, things were pretty quite, which was just fine for us. The river that ran behind the cabins had a pair of swans and lots of duck and geese swimming on it.
The morning sun shining through the aspens made a perfect backdrop for a carriage drive. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. Doing something you love with someone you love in such a beautiful setting --how could it get any better than that?
I'm so fortunate to be able to enjoy such a beautiful day. I hope the good fall weather continues for a least another month so we can have more opportunities to be out and about. Fall is my favorite season because the colors are so spectacular and the temperatures are perfect. I'm trying to enjoy every moment because the season is so short--so I'm trying to soak it all in while I can. I'm making great memories so I can recall these days when the ground is covered with snow.