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Honestly, we have been pretty lucky this winter here in Antarctica! The weather hasn't been THAT horrendous, no matter how much I complain on Twitter! We didn't even get our first real snow until a few weeks ago! Pretty epic if you ask me. No salt stains on any of this seasons boots, which are usually partially destroyed by January no matter how well I take care of them!
Regardless of how "warm" our winter has been up until now, it's the FL/TX gal in me that makes for the nonstop complaining. I wasn't made for these conditions, so anything below 60 where I actually have to trade my dress in for a pair of pants, I turn into a complete hermit ready to hibernate until springtime! Hence the #Hibernation2016 hashtag I've been using all over social media ;-)
I'm soooo all about that hibernation life unless something pretty fabulous convinces me it's ok to brave a flurry and have a snowflake land on my head just to have a social life.
And then one day I was sent a pretty awesome invite on Facebook!! Chautauqua Institution,which may sound familiar to regulars here since it's a local summer favorite for my lil'family, is offering sleigh rides at the bookstore Saturday & Sunday 1-3pm all winter long!! As much as I hate the cold it was a must! Haylie is My Little Pony obsessed, so to have real live "ponies" pull us in a sleigh?!?! Omg!!! Just had to take her even if it meant freezing to death! Atleast I could die knowing I made sure she had real "ponies" pull her in a sleigh. Her reaction to seeing the "ponies" would be priceless:)
So let's get down to the nitty gritty!
It was a pretty decent winter day the Sunday we made our trek, so there was definitely a wait to get on a sleigh! A steamy 20 something degrees definitely brought everyone out of hibernation ;-)
The good news is that they run TWO sleighs!!! So the longest you will wait is 15 minutes since the rides are 30 minutes long! They run a sleigh every 15 minutes leaving from the bookstore. $4 adult $3 kiddos.
Since the sleigh rides are 30 minutes long, you definitely want to dress warm, so don't forget your hats, mittens, scarfs! After 5 minutes you will be thankful you bundled. Even my WNY native hubby was glad I made him pack his winter hat. He definitely ended up wearing the thing since most of the sleigh ride takes place along the lake equaling wind, even on the "warmer" days.
The sleigh goes by all the fabulous photo opts Chautauqua Institution has to offer so have your phone or camera ready! You will stroll by the athenaeum hotel. the bell tower, the amphitheater, the Edison house, all the churches and chapels! The list goes on! The dude doing his thing with the "ponies" also knew quite a bit of knowledge about the grounds for claiming he knew nothing. He was pointing out houses I never noticed before & even had some town gossip to spill! We were even lucky and had a resident sitting beside us who had all the dirty deeds about the amphitheater drama. Juicy stuff ;-)
And of course we couldn't go to Chautauqua Institution and have me not play photographer with my new DSLR. After the sleigh ride we hopped in the whip and I snapped a few photos of my favorite spots! The Bell Tower & Athenaeum Hotel. Snow can look so pretty via photo.
Can't believe I'm saying it, but I actually had fun in the snowy cold!! Good thing it was a 30 minute ride since that's all the winter I needed to experience this year. Now it's back to your regularly scheduled programming. #Hibernation2016
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1/26/2016 09:56:06 am
Oh how fun and it looks just beautiful there with the snow!! We have yet to see a flake here which is okay but I do miss snow activities - like sleigh rides!
1/26/2016 10:21:01 am
So fun! Our family loves sleigh rides~
1/26/2016 11:46:34 am
Beautiful pics! Looks like a fun day!
robin masshole mommy
1/26/2016 02:55:03 pm
You guys are the cutest little family! I would LOVE to do something like this with my two, but they would just complain the whole time. Sigh. They are 8 & 11 and too cool for EVERYTHING these days.
1/26/2016 03:42:50 pm
This looks like some fabulous winter fun! Now I want to go on a winter sleigh ride in the snow.
1/26/2016 04:00:51 pm
Sleigh rides are the best! It's so much fun to watch the scenery go by while being pulled by a big, powerful, and beautiful creature like a horse.
1/26/2016 05:06:52 pm
The sleigh rides look awesome! You've made me feel like a complete wuss though. Here in the UK, we complain it's cold and rhe snow hasn't even arrived yet!
1/26/2016 05:21:47 pm
Oh how cool! I have always wanted to visit Antarctica but have not done so yet.
1/26/2016 07:29:03 pm
That looks like so much fun! I bet the hotel is pretty spectacular and lit up for the holidays too!
1/26/2016 09:41:49 pm
Oh, totally fabulous! I am going to have to see if Greg and Xander want to go. Good thing you went on a fairly "warm" day. Ugh, Western New York winters are awful....at least you found something enjoyable to do!
1/26/2016 10:46:22 pm
looks like it was such a fun day. and omg--you are the world's most glamorous snow bunny!! :) love it!
1/27/2016 01:03:44 am
How beautiful! We’ve barely seen any snow this season and I am jealous of everyone that has been posting these beautiful pictures. Everything about your post and family is beautiful. Just beautiful!
1/27/2016 01:36:44 am
Great pictures. The sleigh ride looks super fun.
1/27/2016 04:16:22 am
You guys had a blast! I love all your pictures.
1/27/2016 09:20:43 am
Living in Maine, I hear you about #Hibernation2016. LOL...I agree though, this outing would definitely be worth braving the weather. What a fun way to get out and enjoy the outdoors with the family!
1/27/2016 12:21:07 pm
This looks like a lot of fun. I bet your family really did enjoy it. I know my daughters would love it. Around Christmas time we went on something similar to this. My girls loved it.
1/27/2016 01:07:16 pm
I hibernate in the cold weather as well. This sleigh ride looks like a great way to spend time together. These are great photos.
1/27/2016 04:20:13 pm
A 15 minute wait isn't too bad - I think I could stick it out for that amount of time even if it was chilly. Looks like it was a really fun family excursion!
1/27/2016 07:35:57 pm
That looks like a lot of fun. What an adorable family! It's good to enjoy the weather rather than just stay at home all day.
1/27/2016 08:50:21 pm
What a fun day--great pics too!
1/27/2016 09:04:00 pm
This looks awesome! My son would love a sleigh ride.
1/27/2016 09:45:13 pm
How fun is that!? I need to start using #Hibernation2016 ! I hate leaving the house in the winter! Beautiful photos!
1/27/2016 09:47:56 pm
I find it so amazing to be able to read a blog of a family from Antarctica!
1/27/2016 10:24:22 pm
This looks like it was such an amazing time! I can't get over that little panda hat. It is darling!
1/27/2016 10:39:55 pm
This looks like great winter fun! I want to go on a winter sleigh ride in the snow! Need to find one close to us!
1/27/2016 11:22:28 pm
well no matter how cold it may be there, carriage rides are awesome! looks like you are managing to have fun regardless ;)
1/27/2016 11:30:08 pm
Looks like a great time! We took our kiddos on sleigh rides when they were younger and they always loved them
1/28/2016 12:04:29 am
This looks like so much fun. I wish we had the snow for a real sleigh ride. Thank you for sharing your adventure.
1/28/2016 02:30:35 am
I hear you! I go into hibernation when it gets too cold I am a sunshine kinda gal although looks like you had fun on your sleigh ride!
1/28/2016 02:53:20 am
That looks like so much fun. Wonderful family memories in the making.
1/28/2016 05:07:06 am
You guys looks had a fun. you enjoy the weather
1/28/2016 05:19:51 am
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....it looks very beautiful but yet so cold. I do not do cold well at all...
1/28/2016 07:32:29 am
I've never been on a sleigh ride before. That looks really fun even if it's cold out. Great photos too. =)
1/28/2016 08:15:00 am
That looks like fun. I would love to get some snow. We have gotten some snow but not a lot.
1/28/2016 08:45:11 am
That looks fun. Love that pic with your family. You all looks so sweet.
1/28/2016 08:51:04 am
What a fun place! Looks like you and your family had a blast!
1/28/2016 09:31:37 am
Oh how fun! I love sleigh rides and this looks like such a great family time!
1/28/2016 10:12:12 am
Lovely family you have there, Courtney Lynne! I think the sleigh ride was a wonderful experience and it did not cost that much! Hopefully when it warms up, you'll be able to enjoy your new DSLR.
1/28/2016 10:44:25 am
I'm a hibernator too, but I'd brave the cold for that.. the sleigh ride looks great. It's fun to get out and do something different.
1/28/2016 10:55:30 am
I'm so jealous. I see snow! It is sooo hot here in South Africa. That looks like a real adventure.
1/28/2016 03:41:53 pm
You crack me up! This winter has really been easy compared to others. Although we did get hammered with 15+ inches last weekend here a little south of Pittsburgh. But regardless, a sleigh ride would be so cool and THAT PRICE! What a great deal!
1/28/2016 08:40:01 pm
Other sounds fun I am never had a sleigh ride and I'm sure my doubts of the club as well. Thanks for sharing your day in this snow. Angela from Daysinbed
1/28/2016 09:23:02 pm
Oh wow…it seems like your daughter has grown overnight. Her winter attire is so cute. I've always wanted to go on a sleigh ride in the wintertime.
1/28/2016 10:30:22 pm
I can see that your family love the cold. Greetings from Florida!
1/28/2016 11:12:50 pm
Beautiful pictures! I can relate as I live in New Orleans and once it hits 60 degrees, I feel it and usually start making soup. You think I'd have thick skin since I've lived in Wisconsin my whole life up until 2 years ago. Snow is nice to is it but not to live in!
This looks like so much fun! We have a farm here that does sleigh rides in the winter. I am not much for snow either, but living in Maine (born and raised here as well) I should probably get used to it! We tend to do a lot of ice skating on ponds and snowmobiling to get through the winter. But, it has been so warm, we barely have any snow! I know it is coming though...
1/29/2016 09:07:09 am
This looks like fun! I'd love to ride on a sleigh with my family one day :)
1/29/2016 11:15:59 am
I love sleigh rides! Looks like you had a really nice time and enjoyed the winter weather.
1/29/2016 11:16:30 am
omg same here! i love thinking about cold and winter but IRL i'm not made to this weather, in dubai its only 23degress and im freezing haha
1/29/2016 03:44:17 pm
It looks like you had a great time! I would love to take my kids on a sleigh ride, how fun.
1/30/2016 04:38:09 am
very lovely, and looks rally exciting. i bet it's a great time
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