Harper had her first pony rides the other day. We were tipped off by other friends about the pony rides in Griffith Park. (Being a Westsider, I had not really dived into Griffith Park yet for things to do with Harper except for Travel Town once last year.) We were going to go with these friends, but alas, they had to cancel that day, so it was just Harper and me. It was OLD SCHOOL! And I loved it. I think Harper did to, though this first picture on her first lap around might not indicate it.
See? There we go!
I wasn't sure how she would like it and the wild thing is, you buy your ticket, get in line, hand the Pony Guy (Ponyboy?) your ticket AND YOUR CHILD and he just grabs up your kid, plonks them on a pony, straps the belt around and pushes the pony to its chute and off they go! Harper, as ever, was chill and just went with it. Parents are not allowed inside the ring area at all. She smiled big when I called over so I knew it was good. One ticket is good for two circuits. When she finished I asked if she wanted to go again and she said yes, so I bought two more tickets. When she finished her second go-round she said, "Down?" (meaning also "done") so she got down and we stood there and then she looked back at the ponies and said, "Again?" I laughed and pulled out the third ticket and up she went again. When she finished, there was a big high-five for Gus, the Pony Man.
Best $9 I've spent in a long while! ($3 a ride) Can't wait to do that again.
The real ponies were Tuesday. Thursday we went to the Santa Monica Pier Carousel for some fake pony rides. First time Harper's been on a carousel. Big week for firsts! Also, as an aside, did you know The Sting shot at this very carousel?
Again, wasn't sure if she'd like it (you sort of assume yes, but hey, she might not!) so I only bought one ticket to start. Then we bought two more. Cheaper than real ponies! 3 rides = $6.
I love this last expression plus the one handed riding..."I'm cool, Mama, I got this!"
By the way, when you are standing on a carousel (to get better pics/video), the centrifugal force is pretty surprising! It's a lovely place, highly recommend!