Our one day available to visit Olana was threatening rain. We'd visited the house years earlier, and loved it, but were very surprised that the house tours were completely booked when we went online several days before our arrival. So instead, we reserved tickets for the electric cart tour of the extensive grounds.
Just as we climbed into the cart with one other couple, the skies opened. The cart was covered on top but open on the sides, so we held our umbrellas horizontally, which helped a bit. The deluge continued for the entire hour of the tour, but John, the driver, was confident and good-humored. It was scary at times to be making turns over muddy, rutted roads abutting cliffs, but we all took it as an adventure. Unfortunately, the fog was heavy and what would have been spectacular views were shrouded.
John kept up very interesting commentary on Frederick Church and his encompassing artistic vision, which made it worthwhile. On a lovely day, this would be a highly recommended, special activity because it brought us into areas of the grounds that tourists would typically miss.
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