Have you ever wondered what it’s like to ride in an Amish buggy? Me too. We live in an Amish community and pass these vehicles on a daily basis. Recently, I had the opportunity to ride in an open buggy with my friend, Clara Mae. It was a typical fall day in Northern Michigan with a chilly wind and a sprinkle of rain or two, but we had a good time.
The sun peeked out from behind the cloud enough to take a few photos. The colors were bright in the trees. Some curious horses came up to the road to greet Magic, the handsome black Standardbred horse pulling our buggy. And the clouds were awesome between the showers. I had a blast snapping photos along the way. When I didn’t have my camera in hand, Clara Mae gave me the reins and let me drive.
On the back roads I was relaxed and thoroughly enjoying the steady pace of Magic’s clip-clopping trot. But when we swung onto the busier paved road, I admit to getting a little nervous. The distance between buggy and automobiles seems much narrower when seated on the buggy! I’ve always been careful not to crowd the buggies on our road, but I’ll be even more aware of that now.
It was a fun experience and a good way to relax and enjoy the day. What type of “slow down” activity do you enjoy to break up the hectic pace of life?