Rolling Through the West

CLIP-CLOP: It isn't every day a pardner in these modern times gets to step inside a vintage stagecoach carriage and get passengered about the scrub and chaparral, a landscape that hasn't changed significantly since the the heyday of the stagecoach. And even rarer than that is the chance to ride behind not four horses but a 20-mule team, the mythical, massive team of story and song. But both of those opportunities will be saddled up at the 2011 Carriage Symposium at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum.

APRIL 7-10, 2011: There's multi-day conference on all things of a carriage-y nature, as the name would suggest. But even if you're not a carriage scholar, you can still participate in some of the activities. Both stagecoach and 20-mule team freight wagon rides will be available to the general public (and they're actually happening at Chamberlin Ranch, not the museum, note). Tickets are $25 each, per cowgirl or cowboy, and you can nab that ticket ahead of time (probably a cracking idea).

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