- For some people, a sleigh ride seems like the perfect activity to get into the Christmas spirit.
When the snow starts to fall, these draft horses begin to pull sleighs through the woods behind Northland Pines High School in Eagle River. Sleigh driver Karrie Dollar says the woods are magical.
"Every day it's different out there. It's about getting out in the outdoors and seeing the wildlife on the trails. A lot of times there are deer, squirrels that run across in front of you; being outside with your loved ones and making memories," said Dollar.
Many people enjoy the solitude of the woods on snowmobiles. But, sleigh rides are a more quiet option for people.
"When you're on a sleigh ride you can converse, you can talk, and you're not all bundled up with the helmet on or the roar of the engine. It's another way to be outside enjoying the weather. We live in Wisconsin for a reason," said Dollar.
Several snowmobilers have had trouble hitting the trails so far this year because of our major snow melt. But, with the fresh snow, sleigh drivers don't see any problems.
"Our trails held up pretty well. It got a little bit sloppy but with the new fresh snow, we're looking forward to great trails again this week," said Dollar.
A sleigh ride can also be a festive way to enjoy the holiday season.
"This seems to be when people are looking for fun things to do. It's the holidays and everybody is in a festive mood. Everybody wants to come out and do fun things," said Dollar. "You can sing, you can carol, it's just great fun."
Not many things demonstrate the rustic beauty of a Northwoods winter better than a burning fire.
"We get to a bonfire where there is hot chocolate served. You can hang out around the bonfire for a while and more new friends," said Dollar.
During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be helpful to just relax.
"They want a break from Christmas shopping and the hustle and the bustle. This is just a good release," said Dollar. "It's something to do to get away from traffic and stores and everything that's crazy."
Rocking W Stables also runs the free wagon rides in downtown Eagle River. They will be open until January 4th.
|Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua