Mo's Manic Monday - Bug

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2008 by Travis Cody in

Welcome to another Manic Monday with Morgen. Don't forget to cruise by MM HQ at It's A Blog Eat Blog World. Today's theme is Bug.

GAH! Bug!

I hate bugs.

So you won't find any creepy crawly things in this post.

Instead, I went for Buggy...with horses.

The horse-drawn carriage, or buggy, was the way people got around locally before the invention of the internal combustion engine.

The proliferation of motor vehicles gradually phased out the horse & buggy as the main mode of short distance transportation, although some cultures such as the Amish still rely heavily on them.

If it's got wheels on it, some folks will race it. From chariots to buggies, harness racing has been around for centuries.

Now what's more romantic than this?


  1. You still occasionally see the horse and buggy combination in the English countryside, where it's kept alive by enthusiasts.
    It's great to see them.
    And some marvellous pictures there.

  1. DrillerAA says:

    There are a few Amish communities in this region, so the horse and buggy are not completely extinct, just endangered, and there are carriage rides available around the town square during the Christmas season. Nice twist on the theme.
    Have a great day.

  1. Julie says:

    Whenever I go just a few miles west I see Amish/Mennonite buggies. It's kinda cool. I like your interpretation of the word "bug". Good for you for not making it eeekey!

    **wanders into the blogosphere kinda skeered**

  1. very nice trav, but nancy likes you honey. just sayin'...

    smiles, bee

  1. this is very creative post for bug.

  1. tegdirb92 says:

    what a great take on the theme. I have always been fascinated by Amish buggies. Have a great Monday, T.

  1. Jamie says:

    With today's gas prices, we could see the return of the family "buggy" and civic pooper scoopers.

  1. Ivanhoe says:

    I'm not crazy about bugs either so I really enjoyed your bug-less post. Have a great Monday!

  1. Not playing this week, but wanted to comment. I love the different twist here Travis. Awesome. Have a great day. :)

  1. Sandy M says:

    We used to live near a Menonite community when I was a little girl. I remember seeing the horse and buggies in town on Saturday. No horse and buggies near us now.

  1. I've enjoyed riding in a buggy. I always think how long it would have taken to get anywhere in the days when horses were the primary transport. No wonder most folks stayed close to home their entire lives.

  1. Anndi says:

    Took Chicklet on a horse and buggy ride a few years ago down in Old Montreal... I love the clip clop sound the hooves make on the cobblestones.

    Major romance when you're with the One -unless the horse had something funky to eat.. and it's rear smells like Shardog. ;)

  1. Jeni says:

    Trav - I really liked this post -the pics, explanations but especially that last photo in the group. Great job.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    Love those pictures Trav. :)

  1. jennifer says:

    Like this post very much! My grandfather used to have horses and wagons and we would have to take rides with him. I would enjoy it now but as a kid it was so SLOW.

    No bugs? I am OK with most of them - even catch and release spiders when I find them. I don't do roaches or Water Crickets though. Ugh.


  1. Bond says:

    Hansom cab rides in Central Park... OH so romantic...

  1. I went to Amish country once and found them absolutely fascinating. And you're right, there is nothing more romantic than a buggy ride under a full moon. Great bug post!

  1. They are so beautiful and so peaceful to ride in. :)
    There are a few left around here!

  1. Travis says:

    Anthony: We don't see them much out here. I think it's a very quaint thing.

    Drilleraa: I would love to do that at Christmas.

    Julie: There was no way I was doing the bugs.

    Bee: Sorry...spiders are way too creepy.

    Sarge: Thanks!

    Bridget: I wouldn't even mind slowing down to 10mph behind least for a couple miles.

    Jamie: Now would create all kinds of jobs!

    Ivanhoe: You too!

    Sandee: Much better than creepy crawlies.

    Sandy: That would be a site. Thanks for cruising by!

  1. Travis says:

    Charles: My stepdad tells some stories about his grandmother when she was a child, and how they planned long trips in stages between stops at relatives' homes...places they could make in a day's travel. She went from Oklahoma to California that way.

    Ann: There is that one little drawback I guess.

    Jeni: I enjoyed looking for the images for this one.

    Akelamalu: I just had to turn this into a non-creepy post for the word bug.

    Jennifer: We have a kill policy concerning all bugs in this house.

    V: That's something Pam and I must do someday.

    Bud: Thanks!

    Mimi: Aren't most things more romantic beneath a full moon, sort of by definition? LOL!

    CWM: Not many up this way either.

  1. Chuck says:

    Oh funny - I hate bugs too. You did good making this into your own manic monday on buggies *huggies* ~ giggling...

  1. Mo says:

    Buggy it is!
    Great post. With the cost of gas, I wonder if totally replacing horse & buggy with cars was the best development in the modern world!

  1. Mags says:

    Aw! The buggy! Great know, I've never ridden in one. :( There are tons of them around here too-maybe one day...

    I hope you had a great Monday Trav!!!!

  1. I like how you modified the title to prevent yourself from posting about our 6 legged friends :)

  1. I've actually been for a few of those horse and buggy rides, but romantic is not the word that comes to my mind... I dragged Mr. X, grumbling and complaining. Hence, the 'X' in Mr. X. hahaha.

  1. Matt-Man says:

    Nicely done...There a few Amish here in Ohio, so we still see them on ocassion. Cheers!!

  1. Linda says:

    Very nice take on the word this week, Travis! Much nicer than creepy, crawly things that make you squirm!

    I would have loved to live in the horse and buggy days and lived life at a slower pace but alas, I was born way too late - yet again! The closest I'd probably get these days is a horse and buggy ride through New York's Central Park - which we almost did when we were down there a couple of weeks ago!

  1. Dixie says:

    Excellent choice for Monday. I didn't get to do a Manic Monday this week but will be back next week.


  1. Travis says:

    Chuck: Bugs are yucky, but buggies are fun!

    Mo: We should start a movement.

    Mags: You should give it a try. It's fun!

    Terra: I had to do it...this is a creepy crawly free zone.

    WT4W: Awwwwww.

    Matt: We don't see much of it out this way.

    Linda: Next time you should definitely make time for it. If I ever make it back to NYC, it's near the top of my list.

    Dixie: WB darlin!

  1. Turnbaby says:

    I'll send you some of the carriage shots--they are fuzzy but I think you'll appreciate them.,

  1. I was fortunate enough to enjoy a carriage ride through Central Park many years ago. I was shocked to find out what they charge for the carriage rides through the French Quarter here, though. Talk about highway robbery!