Monday, February 20, 2017

Cracker Trail Part 1



30th Annual Cracker Trail Ride the ride commemorates the 19th century cross-state cattle drives between Bradenton and Fort Pierce. (for details of the ride, use the link above)

“The Cracker Trail follows an east/west route across the state of Florida that has existed since approximately 1850. This trail was used by Florida’s early settlers to traverse the state,”

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article132308519.html#storylink=cpy

The name Cracker Trail came from the sound of many whips Snapping!

Saturday I was at the starting point at Manatee Historical Village.


they came in the gate at 10 AM  rode through the village


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The Man on the horse above if our friend Robert, his wife Kathy is in front of the wagon and her dad Jim is driving the wagon. We have know Jim and Kathy for 50 years now. In a later post I will show them and the wagon.
They were  out the gate at 10:08. And as the police escort stopped the heavy traffic, the rode out onto State Road 64 on the Trail to the other side of our state.

The most fun filled 8 minutes ever!



22 comments:

crafty cat corner said...

I can conjure up the sound of all those horses hooves striking the concrete, such an exciting sound. It reminds me of when we have visited London and watched the parades with all of the Queens guards.
Briony
x

jandi said...

OH that is something I would love to do!

Mildred said...

How interesting and I love the photos. Look forward to seeing more!

Ann said...

This sounds like fun. I would love to be on one of those horses riding the trail. I'm not an experienced rider but I have been on horses before.

Rose said...

I wonder how long it takes to make the ride...always when out traveling I cannot tell you how often it crosses my mind to think back to traveling by horse. I always first think we would not be making the trip so often, then I wonder how long it would have taken to say travel from here to Lorelei's house. And I am thankful that I can now be there in a few minutes.

Madi and Mom said...

Now that was a fun day and post. What gorgeous horses. I love the Cracker Trail title...must admit I was hoping they were going to Cracker Barrel.
Hugs Cecilia

Bill said...

It's great that people are still remembering and commemorating this history.

Gayle - venturesinphotos said...

Great Post---so interesting. Most people think of Florida beaches or Disney World.

SweetMarie said...

you had a great view! those horses are so beautiful!!

Jo said...

Like Briony I could almost hear the horses hooves on the road. What an atmosphere it must create. Do they parade / ride through a village which has been recreated? The buildings look like it to me?

Dory and the Mama said...

I just love historical events! How exciting!!!
Smileys!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

Karen said...

That must have been a lot of fun to watch!

Mevely317 said...

Wow. That first image taken against the crimson sky is arresting.
I'd never heard of this ritual, but it sounds like a pleasant way to spend the day.

PS - Probably wouldn't do for me to be there. I'd be asking for a ride, like I used to ask strangers when I was a little girl. LOL.

Ginny Hartzler said...

What a wonderful surprise! I would love to hear those horses gallop! Did they all have whips? Wow, and there is even an old carriage! I had so many questions that I finally went to your link, where they were ALL answered! I love the building with the white terrace, it looks New Orleansish.

Ida said...

Looks like fun and such nice weather...I'm a bit jealous.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Mark would love to do that! I hope they have a safe trip.

Denise inVA said...

Great fun! Lovely to see this type of parade, especially with all those horses.

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

How cook is this? Awesone.

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

Cool =

Ruth Hiebert said...

Looks like everyone had a greta time and you got good pictures.

pattisjarrett said...

Beautiful horses! Eight whole minutes?!

diane b said...

What a fun event.