Lander, Wyoming = rodeo!

Saturday, September 6

It’s rodeo time!

1-P1000026I leave camp at Sinks Canyon State Park to watch the Fremont County High School Rodeo.

It takes place at the Lander Old Timers Rodeo Arena in Lander, Wyoming.

Before leaving Bridget in the Perfect Tow Vehicle, I walk her around where the horse trailers are parked. This should make her tired enough to settle down while I watch the rodeo.

While sitting in the stands waiting for the events to begin, one can enjoy the views.  There are plenty of interesting things to look at, as you can see in the photo below.

1-P1000034I receive a few curious looks. 

I think it’s my hat.  As you can see, while in Lander, Wyoming, one wears a certain type of hat. The Wyoming cowboy hat.

I don’t know what my hat is, but Wyoming cowboy it isn’t.

1-P1000038(The photo above was taken with a lot of zoom.  You can see how far these men are from my camera by looking at the next photo.  They are in the area behind and to the left of the men standing in a line.)

After an invocation and the Star Spangled Banner sung by a high-school girl with a good voice and more courage than I’ll ever have, the events begin!

1-P1000041The first event is calf roping.

1-P1000046The lariat needs to go around the calf’s neck.  The action is timed; the fastest “clean” roping wins, of course.

1-P1000043This isn’t the event where the calf is thrown to the ground and its ankles tied together.  Once the calf is roped, it’s done.  I don’t know if this event is for girls only or if girls are the only ones who signed up for it.

1-P1000049These young women are skilled riders. 

They sit on their horses as if they’re glued to the saddle and maneuver with ease and speed.

Aw, shucks, missed!  Put on the brakes!

1-P1000048I don’t have a program to help me understand the events.  In this one (photo below) the calves wear fake horns on their heads.  Maybe to make it easier for younger riders or beginner contestants?

(Note:  After publishing this post, a reader informed me that those are the calf’s real horns.  The covering is to protect the calf from rope burns.  Boy, was I wrong!)

1-P1000062Here’s a successful completion!  Yay!

1-P1000054Team roping appears to be a more difficult event. 

One rider lassos the calf’s horns; the other rider lassos the legs.

1-P1000060I’m pleased with the performance of my new Panasonic Lumix camera.  It captured the action with very little help from me!

The rodeo started at noon and it’s a very bright, sunny, warm day, so I leave after the above events.  I don’t want Bridget to wait too long in the PTV.  She’s happy, of course, when I return.

And I’m happy that I finally went to a rodeo . . . my first!  It was fun!



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209 Responses to Lander, Wyoming = rodeo!

  1. Susan in Dallas says:

    Very impressive riding and high school students at that! Beautiful horses! And the guys at the rail were easy on the eyes. Your camera does a fantastic job.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      One of the many things I enjoyed about this day was seeing young people engaged in wholesome activity. I’d be curious to know what there is more of in Lander… horses or cell phones?

  2. Where’s the pic of you with your hat??

  3. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Glad it was a fun one, Sue….and that no person or animal was hurt or killed. Looks like maybe they are doing some things a bit safer these days? Been maybe 20 years since we last went to a rodeo. We have seen some fine horse riding with the clubs etc that usually are part of a rodeo evening…at least the ones in Idaho and Washington always had that too. The way they do the intricate patterns and how the horse and riders REMEMBER where to go is amazing. Glad that Bridget managed to wait for you ok too!!

    • Toni says:

      Boy I miss those days. I used to show my horse almost every weekend. Gymkhana, Pleasure. He was amazing. I have to admit, I wasn’t always “glued to the saddle” – but it was the best time of my life. Sure do miss my horse.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      I was happy to find a high school rodeo planned in Lander. I enjoy watching the spectators as much as the events. The U.S. is homogenized, sure, but if you look closely you can pick up a lot of cultural differences from one area to another. I like doing that.

      Yes, the horses are the stars in my opinion.

    • Sarah says:

      Oftentimes animals are either injured or killed at Rodeos all for sport. Rodeos are cruel. I hope everyone gives it some thought before going to another rodeo. Often the baby calfs end up with broken legs, or backs and have to be put down.

      • Chuck says:

        Sarah, how many rodeos have YOU gone to? I have been to and participated in over 300 and seen three animals hurt and one had to be put down. Rodeo stock is very valuable to the people who raise and provide them for rodeos and they will not have them mistreated. So please, do not use forums to spread PETAs lies.

        • Pat says:

          3 animals hurt and 1 dead is too many just for sport.

        • riley in nc says:

          Take off running as fast as you can. Then have someone lasso you around the neck, jerking you to an abrupt stop as you slam to the ground. These are baby animals. Yes a great sport.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Note to everyone:

            It’s okay to express an opinion. Please be careful not to make it personal.

            Just for the record: At the high school rodeo I attended, the calf was lassoed and tension was not put on the lariat so that the calf kept running out of the arena. In other words the rider on the horse let go of the lariat once the calf was roped.

  4. AZ Jim says:

    So now you need a cowboy hat to fit in. This is my first post with the new laptop. I am getting very comfortable with it. Have fun!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      Since when do I ever try to fit in? LOL!

      I’m glad your new laptop lets you post comments here. The rest is less important.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Jim,

      Glad that your new laptop is proving more user friendly than you initially thought. 🙂

      • AZ Jim says:

        It is…. thanks to you for the tip on Classic shell. PC Magazine recommended it too. I have four computers that I have used beginning in ’96. I have desktops on Win 98, Win XP, Win 7 (which I now use) and now my first Laptop on Win 8.1. I hate to get rid of computers that work fine but that I have “retired” to their boxes. I did finally junk my win 95 “machine”. Thanks again.

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          You are most welcome! I love this little online family…where knowledge is shared! 🙂

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Yeah, like learning the calves in the rodeo aren’t wearing Halloween horns like I originally thought (see Roadtrip’s comment below).

    • R. (Western Colorado/camping Great Basin NP in NV) says:

      Hi AZJim,
      What computer did you get? If you already wrote about it I’m sorry if I missed this information. I tent camped for a few days at Great Basin National Park with no connection. I know I need to get a new laptop soon.
      The question for RVSue. Should I get my laptop first or Kindle Paperwhite?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        That’s tough for me to answer on your behalf because priorities differ between people. For me I’d want the laptop first because I blog and it’s my connection to people and the world, since I’m not a phone person.

        However, I love my Paperwhite! I did okay without it, picking up paperbacks at thrift shops and book exchange places, but it’s nice not to have books kicking around.

  5. Sputnik Goes says:

    Looks like a good time! If you ever have a chance to see a PBR event, I would highly recommend it.

  6. Those aren’t ‘fake’ horns! They are just padded guards that are strapped on to prevent the steers from getting rope burns, etc. Calves are supposed to be roped around the neck – like you saw. This event is ‘team roping’, where the first roper attempts to rope the steer around the horns, then the second rider attempts to rope the hind feet.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Road Trip 2014,

      I figured someone would help me out. I don’t pretend to know anything about rodeos, having been an Easterner all my life, born and raised in New York State.

      Thanks for setting me straight. I’ll edit the post.

    • Chuck says:

      This event is the off shoot of actual ranch work still done today, to brand and medicate cattle.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I wondered if calf-roping still had a practical application. I don’t know how else one would get a hold on a calf or steer running on the open range, but what do I know. . . .

  7. weather says:

    You had me at Old Glory flying in the opening photo!One of the first things you mentioned, after your camera lost it’s view finder ,was your disappointment over missing an upcoming rodeo you’d been looking forward to,but wouldn’t attend without the ability to preserve it in photos.I’m so-o happy for your having that opportunity restored-especially with a camera better suited to your enjoyment!

    It seems to me the cowboy hats aren’t mandatory,blue jeans are!Even under chaps-everyone had them on,while some folks were hatless,one even had on a cap.Expected uniformity in apparel has never been something endearing to me,so it tends to capture my attention…

    Watching people maneuver with ease on a horse really is a great pleasure,and that show was the nice kind,good for you,your pleasure probably made you even better company than usual for Bridget afterward,too.

    With dignified restraint,I’ll simply mention that eye candy is at times a healthy substitute for dessert,so I’ve chosen not have my maple flavored concoction this evening.Thank you for a slice of Americana beautifully given,and for the contribution to my nutritional good choices.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      It was fortuitous that we landed in Lander when we did… right in time for the high school rodeo. It was better that we went to this one. The other one, the one I missed because of the damaged camera, started at 7 p.m. which would’ve meant Bridget and Spike staying in the PTV past their bedtime.

      I like picking out the differences in different areas of the West… different speech, clothing, interests, occupations, lifestyles, architecture… including different styles of hats!

      Oh, go ahead and have that maple-flavored yummy. Consider the eye candy as appetizer. 🙂

  8. The camera takes nice pictures!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rob in western Washington. . . Yes, it does!

      • Beverly says:

        “You” take great pictures and the camera reflects that. There are so many people out there that have good, expensive cameras that can’t take pictures worth looking at. You have the eye for taking good pics. Keep them coming and don’t leave this new camera out in the rain or snow.

  9. Applegirl NY says:

    I appreciate that view! Nothing like good old, red blooded American men!

    On another note, we purchased some Timberland boots through your web page. I hope we did it right.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      Yes, I saw the boots on my earnings report. Thank you! That was a nice sale for me. I hope they serve you well.

  10. G says:

    Sue how do you like your new camera? I have always had Panasonic Lumix cameras. Love their ease of use, high optical zoom, color, and great price especially compared to their high review ratings. Currently I have the Lumix DMC ZS20.
    I always ‘come up with an excuse’ to buy a newer model every two years 🙂
    I am due for an excuse next year!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, G,

      Not knowing much about cameras, I can say from my limited experience with this one, the Panasonic Lumix FZ70, that it works well for me! I haven’t tried much of the features yet, too busy having fun with what I’m photographing.

  11. Evie says:

    Hi Sue,
    Great pictures. I love the cowboy butts. When I was a kid we lived in the country and had horses. As a matter of fact I was thinking today as I was driving and my back was hurtin’ that I thinking I shlepped too many bales of hay in my time. We are in Montana and there are mowed fields of hay all over. Smells wonderful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Evie,

      Those mowed fields with bales of hay are a pretty sight. Oh yeah, love those narrow-hipped cowboys in their skinny jeans. . . .

    • Evie says:

      Also glad you’re back.

      • EmilyO in NM says:

        Evie, Montana men were always my favorite to look at, especially when they filled out those butt ends in a pair of Wrangler jeans. I still see a few every now and then and go “ahhhhhhhh. . . . “

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I just realized something. Look at the photos again. You know what I like? Everybody has their shirt tucked in!

          • EmilyO in NM says:

            Yup, that’s the dress code. How else are you going to see those nice butts!

            • Chuck says:

              Emily and Sue……They make a tee shirt for you!!! “Cowboy butts drive me Nuts!!!” heheheeeee

            • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

              I wonder if we could get a group rate on those tee shirts for us here. Nothing like a good fitting pair of jeans on a sweet young thing… I suspect that the men would agree as to the young cowgirls too. LOL

  12. Pauline from Mississippi says:

    Great pictures!!! Glad you got your camera. The rodeo looks like fun…glad you got to spend some time there.
    Hugs to you and Bridget

  13. Diann in MT says:

    Rodeos are off my scope of acceptance. I was hoping you saw the inherent bullying and cruelty that this perverse pastime represent.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I didn’t see what you are describing. The calves ran a short distance. They were not hurt in any way. I don’t think calves know the concept of being bullied.

      I went to a high school rodeo because I assumed it would be a “gentler” rodeo, and it was. The young people showed caring toward their horses.

      No need to apologize, Diann. You’re entitled to your view.

      • Diann in MT says:

        Thanks, Sue, for your assessment of the situation. I guess I worked for too many years among kids who worked through their aggressions in local “rodeos”. Read
        >When The Legends Die>. I taught that novel.
        Western kids learn to know their limits during participation in local rodeos. It’s, perhaps, like other kids find in high schools sports like football, basketball, track, etc. Although, these sports are available to any child, without question. Still, I feel that rodeos put non assuming animals at a huge disadvantage. Anyone disagree?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t doubt that cruelty exists in rodeos. Cruelty invades most human activities whenever there is an opportunity for it. I wouldn’t base my opinion on what is contained in a novel though.

          Sure, if calves could talk they’d probably say they’d rather be in a meadow with their moms, sucking titty and dozing in the sunshine. From what I saw — and my reaction is based only on what I witnessed and nothing else as I’m a “clean slate” when it comes to rodeos — the rodeo was wholesome in nature and no one, including animals, came to any harm.

          I might have come away with a totally different view if I had seen other popular rodeo events.

          • Diann in MT says:

            The novel is accurate. Read it, if you’re interested.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I’ll look it up on Amazon.

            • Tammy says:

              Cruelty exists in the world that is a fact. But rodeo animals are some of the most expensive animals out there. The bucking horses cost $5000 and up and that is for an inexpensive horse. The Bulls run from $15,000 and up and that is the small rodeo stock – big time stock is upwards of $50,000 per animal – no one is mis-treating these animals.

              I Barrel raced for many years and I am an advocate for animal rights – NO ONE cares more than I do. I did see mistreatment, but very little. I see it more in dog owners and backyard horse owners than I do show animals.

              I understand the aversion to rodeo – but on rare occasion the animals are injured – accidents happen. But for the most part Rodeo’s in America are very humane.

              Sue, I am really glad you got to watch the break-away roping, that is for girls primarily or youth. Cowboy hats are usually mandatory for contestants as well as long sleeve button up shirts and yes “Tucked In” is required. Jeans and boots are also required – safety features.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Hi, Tammy…. Interesting info… I learned a lot. Barrel-racing is what I wanted to see. It has always fascinated me. You must be an accomplished horsewoman.

              Good to know there are still some dress requirements left in the world!

            • Chuck says:

              Thank you Tammy, for your truthful statements. One NOVEL does NOT a ‘cruel’ sport make.

  14. R. (Western Colorado/camping Great Basin NP in NV) says:

    Great photos Sue. Did you easily figure out what your new camera is able to do? Sorry for missing many comments lately but I don’t have any internet connection in my tent or anywhere around but camping and hiking at Great Basin National Park is so fantastic. I only wish I had Kindle Paperwhite so I can read in the dark.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, R. (Western Colorado.. ),

      Thanks re: photos. No, I haven’t even tried all the things my camera can do. Reading the manual that came with it, I think I can learn them!

      I’m glad you are having a great time at Great Basin National Park. I almost went there last spring! Yeah, a Paperwhite would be a wonderful addition to your camping gear. Someday, right?

      • R. (Western Colorado/camping Great Basin NP in NV) says:

        I can do it very soon but now waiting for this special price I missed one time

      • R. (Western Colorado/camping Great Basin NP in NV) says:

        Forgot to add about the weather at Great Basin. My campground on Baker Road is at elevation ~ 7,000 ft and it is cold in the morning 42 – 47 degrees. The other campground, Wheeler, at elevation 10,000 ft gets early snow and could be closed until June or later. I really wanted to stay at the Wheeler campground but it was closed because of an extensive road construction. Aspens are turning yellow. The Fall is here. Are aspen leaves changing in WY?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m not up in the mountains. It’s probably no more than 6,500 feet here… just guessing. Lander is 5,357 feet. Not many aspens here, but many more in the higher altitudes not far from here…. mostly evergreens and a tree called Plains Cottonwood that grows along the river.

          Most of the grasses and many of the plants are yellow, gold, or red.

          We will probably go through Utah. I hope to see some fall color there.

  15. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Great pictures of the rodeo! Glad that you were able to attend!

    For folks curious about your hat, they should look at the post a while back where the lizard climbed on Spike while he slept, and then you had to throw your hat over a snake to protect the nutcakes! 🙂

    You sure are back in the groove of taking pictures! Your new camera is doing a great job conveying what you see! YOU take awesome pictures….the camera is just a tool!

    Hope you and Bridget have a peaceful night. I, for one, will have sweet dreams about snake hipped cowboys! Mmmmmm. Thank you for the eye candy! Hugs!! 🙂

    P.S. – Seems like my IPad Mini thinks it is smarter than me…sometimes making corrections at times that don’t make sense. So, I apologize for the technology that tries to think for me!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      Actually I threw the hat to scare the snake away and instead it used it for hiding place. Spike slept through the entire episode. I sure do have weird topics for my posts.

      I’m glad you enjoyed seeing the back sides of the cowboys. 🙂

      Did you mean “snake hipped?” Is that a term I don’t know or is that Ipad again?

  16. Gary says:

    Not sure what the all the fuss is about the second picture. Clearly the superior picture subject is the first one! That said, that new camera is producing some great quality. We may have found our next camera. Thanks.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gary,

      Thank you for a different point of view! There’s something for everyone on the RVSue and canine crew blog.

      Ain’t the camera great? Just imagine the result if I knew what I were doing!

      • AJ says:

        That’s the great thing about a Lumix.
        Leave it on iA (Intelligent Automatic) and it takes great pictures almost all the time.
        Spoils you for most other cameras.
        Just my 2 cents….

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Gee, I didn’t have it on Intelligent Automatic. I like the sound of that. I wish I could buy that for my brain. This Clueless Automatic gets me in trouble.

          • Dave Burdick says:

            And the iA+ will do the same as iA except it lets you adjust for light, color type, and color intensity. I change over to iA+ for some shots that just seem a bit darker or brighter and make the adjustment. Can’t wait until we order ours after we get back to Florida in November. I can see you are enjoying it Sue.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I appreciate you sharing that with me. It’s easier to learn a camera from blogorinos than reading the dang manual.

              The morning light here is very harsh. I took some photos of Bridget and her white body was bleached out to nothingness. Now I know to use the iA+ adjustment. Thanks, Dave!

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              Heh…we have found some instruction materials very difficult…for one thing not written by those with English as their first language, which can cause some extra confusion. Some years ago, one of the major sewing pattern companies began farming out their pattern write-ups….and working for a store I made things to display. AFTER I got the article cut out, I realized that the instructions were backwards…fortunately no one could see that the lining to the bodice was actually sewn on the back side of the fabric due to the backwards pattern!! No wonder people get frustrated sometimes. It is nice to come here and be able to learn from others first hand experiences!!

            • Cinandjules says:

              Until all of us tell you to pack the soggy one in rice!


  17. Paula says:

    Hey Sue ~

    Your action pictures at the rodeo are fabulous! I love to see the horses kicking up dirt and horse and calf hooves in the air. Maybe this gives you a hint ~~ I love rodeos! Glad you were able to attend one and enjoyed it. If you can ever take in a rodeo with bull riding you will absolutely love it. Amazing stuff.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Paula,

      I was very pleased when I saw how those action shots came out. I could’ve used the feature that takes several shots in succession, really fast, but in the glaring sunshine I couldn’t see what button to push. A more experienced photographer would’ve messed around with shutter speed, I suppose.

      The fact that I had to zoom and click myself in regular mode made me especially happy with the results. I feel like I captured the essence of the rodeo, if there is such a thing! Thanks for the compliment.

  18. Reine says:

    The reason everyone was wearing jeans wasn’t a fashion statement. Jeans are just the most practical britches to wear. They’re really comfortable and can take the abuse without falling apart. And shirt tails are tucked in because they get in the way when they’re hanging out and flapping and you can’t show off a fancy belt buckle if your shirt tail is hanging out and covering it.

    Glad you had fun and enjoyed the rodeo.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Reine,

      Good analysis of Western wear. Yeah, the rodeo was fun and I’m proud that Bridget handled my absence well. The PTV was quiet when I returned and she looked sleepy.

      • Paula says:

        The cowboys also can’t show off their cute little back ends if their shirts are out. Nothin’ like a good cowboy butt in Wranglers!

  19. DesertGinger says:

    Rodeo! Love it. I totally understand when people have a different opinion they want to express, but I think we all have that same right. The only place I really draw the line is around the ‘ist’ sort of opinions (sexist, ageist, racist, etc). I apologize in advance but I will throw down on those sorts of comments.

    I love it when you post items people have bought. That’s very interesting to me.

    And THANK YOU to everyone for lots of encouragement. Our Internet here has been acting up so I couldn’t reply to everyone individually but I read them and was touched. Best people in the world right here.

    And yes, the pics are great and I did enjoy the eye candy. Always have liked cowboys. Lander made my future visit list for sure.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      Thanks for the feedback on the Amazon links to readers’ purchases. I’ll keep posting them. I don’t post them every time because they tend to hurt my “conversion rate” because a lot of people look at them out of curiosity without buying anything. That’s okay with me, but I do have to be careful.

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Sue, can you expand on this a bit? Are you saying that you make more if I browse while not using your link and just make a point of linking thru this site to make my final purchases?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No, that’s not what I mean at all, Rick. Browse through my links all you want.

          A conversion rate is the ratio of purchases to clicks on the link. In other words, if there are 100 clicks on a link and 25 of those clicks result in purchases of any kind, then I have a 25% conversion rate. When I post what readers have bought, fewer people purchase in relation to how many click the link because many click out of curiosity with no intention of buying anything.

          It’s nothing for a reader to be concerned about. I shouldn’t have mentioned it. I can make sure my conversion rate stays at an acceptable level by not posting “curiosity links” with every post.

          Nice of you to ask….

          • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

            Interesting… I often click out of curiosity, especially RV items that I may not have heard of. Sometimes they end up on my wish list. I see my new white doggie gate showed up.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              That’s a nice doggie gate, Connie. Thanks for ordering it here.

              It’s okay to click out of curiosity. I wouldn’t put the links there if I didn’t want you to click them. 🙂

  20. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Glad you enjoyed your first rodeo.

    Must have been the hat+keen combo! Hah.

    Back on the day….I used to country western dance…she-it kickers and all! Picture that one! Tried “clogging” but apparently I have two left boots!

    Enjoy your evening.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Of course, I had my Keens on! It’s probably the whole picture… old lady in a weird hat with glasses, rolled up pant legs, clunky trail shoes, no-nonsense shirt, slack-jawed . . .

      Never did the country western dance. My sister Pauline is an expert at the country line dance thing.

      Enjoy your evening, too . . .

      • DesertGinger says:

        Sue your description sounds like me…when I’m well. People wouldn’t believe I was cute once.

    • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

      I still line dance when I’m in AZ… but I wear my usual walking shoes… no pretense at being a cowgirl. LOL It is good low impact aerobic exercise… for the no longer young and athletic.

  21. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Wonderful shots with your new camera Sue………..especially the action at the rodeo. I also have a Panasonic Lumix, but the DMC FZ200. I bought it purely as a travel camera, for its light of weight, the fixed lens with the 6oomm zoom. And wow…….now I use it more than my Nikon SLR for its convenience and wonderful ability to capture everything I want on the Auto setting………just love it. I have a stockman’s challenge coming up close to home soon and got wonderful photos last time with the Nikon…this time the Lumix will be put to the test. Love your current camp………….so pretty……love to you and Bridget.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Glenda,

      Wow! I’m hearing a lot of good things about Panasonic Lumix. What is a “stockman’s challenge?” Is that a rodeo or a race?

      Thanks for the compliments and the love.

      • Glenda in OZ! says:

        Sue ……the “Stockman’s Challenge” would be a similar affair as you saw at your rodeo…….lots of horses and riders exhibiting their skills in competition.

  22. Kay says:

    I’m Backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!

    First, Happy Belated Birthday to Pauline and Mick…

    Second, Hello RV SUE and Bridge… I’ve missed you both.

    Now, just in case anyone is curious… Left Friday morning, 8AM – spent the night at Diamond Jo’s Casino in a HOTEL room, I drove the SUV up. Picked up the mobile kitchen at noon on Saturday, headed out. Returned to Diamond Jo’s and rented a room for the night. Was Soooooooooo tired but had to force myself to stay awake from4PM until midnight. Why? Because, if I had gone to sleep at check-in time, I would have been awake by midnight and ready to hit the road again. Hubby, well, he would not have liked that idea too well. So, I FORCED myself to stay awake. Took $20 and played ALL night cashing out with $599 to go to room and sleep with.

    Granddaughter (will be 2 on the 10th) was apparently awake, and had her parents up too, walking outside so she can star gaze. She decided she wanted to call “Grandma” and have “Grandma star gazing too.” At, 2AM in the morning! Now, granddaughter received a new iPhone for birthday a wee bit early, and she knows how to call Grandma and she knows how to face time Grandma. I can only say, “I remember hearing her say “Wake up Grandma, star gaze with me.”

    I got up 6:00AM and we was loaded up and rolling down the I35 by 6:40AM. Arriving home at 9:30PM tonight.

    My butt is sore, my back is sore, and I am now going to enjoy my RV Waterbed. Yes, I have a water bed in the RV and it is calling my name.

    Oh yea, Minneapolis traffic was not bad as I timed my arrival and departure well, however, the JERKS on the roads up there, need some refresher driving courses. Their inconsiderate, road obnoxious and well, just idiots.

    Now – about those CLINGER horns…. I LOVE THEM! Make a video and put it on you tube so we can hear them!!!! I love it. CLINGER HORNS.

    Believe, blow those when the CLINGERS “finish” setting up their camp, trust me, it is funny to watch them hurry to move FAR AWAY!

    Good night, All.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kay,

      Glad you’re safely back in Nebraska. What a whirlwind you are! Midwest tornadoes have nothing on you. . . I need a nap after reading your comment. 😉

      Your granddaughter sounds cute. “Wake up, Grandma. Star gaze with me.” That’s classic!

      I figured you’d approve of the anti-clinger horns. No, you can’t have them. They’re MINE!

      Thanks for checking in here. You were on my mind. Say hello to Nameless for me.

    • DesertGinger says:

      You have a two year old granddaughter who has her own iPhone? Really? She wants one at 2?

    • Alan Rabe says:

      What a dangerous precedent.

    • Alan Rabe says:

      Hi Kay, Do you have a phone # for the campground. I will be thru there in mid November and I hope to stay for a couple weeks. Oh and by the way, I do painting and can do wood working projects.

      • weather says:

        Try her email, she had it here a while back in response to a similar reply,it was two seem to get here at the wrong time to connect,and since I know you’re hitting the road,I didn’t want you to be w/out a way to reach her.

      • Kay says:

        How soon can you get here????? LOL.

        my email address is

        Our phone will not get hooked up for a few weeks yet. Once hooked up then I will post it here, for everyone.

        RE: Granddaughter

        Yes, she ASKED for the iPhone. That little girl got introduced to Skype when she was wee months old because this grandma is so far away from her.

        I know what some may be thinking, HOLD your thoughts as I have a “Prodigy” granddaughter on my hands. Just like her mother, she is counting, reading books for pre-K, counts in German, dances – real dances, even does household chores. I had to buy her, her own broom and mop set.

        We knew she was a bit gifted when she started talking about 8 mo old. At age 11 months, mommy took her to the doctor for a sty in her eye… doctor said to mommy “Since you’re here with her now, let go ahead and get her immunization out of the way.” Granddaughter looked up at him and said “A shot, you mean you are going to give me a shot?” THAT comment landed her into some testing, and so it is, her mommy will not hold her back from adventures and learning. So, Grandma here has been buying her books, work books and mommy started her on flash cards a few weeks ago, those are almost mastered. She walks, talks, sometimes like a talking parrot! REPEATS. She shops like a woman, heads to the shoe department first, then finds the shoes and off to the clothing department to match them up. She does not stop. I have RAN OUT of choices for learning toys, so it is the reason we have moved into items fit for 5 and 6 year olds and up. Did I mention, she will be 2 on the 10th, and wears size 5 and 6 clothes! She is tall for her age.

        The sad part of this, my other granddaughter is 5 months younger to the day, she is not as advanced and so the sisters are well, not so talkative as much.

        The mommy to the 2 year old, I had her reading third grade level by kindergarten. She lacked her math skills in 3rd grade. However, she caught up, graduated with top honors and landed a REAL job in California before graduation, starting at $40K a year. Pretty darn good for 18 year old without College. Now, she’s in Architectural school and carries a 4.0. So her little girl, is following in her mommies steps.

        (Psst, I don’t like the technology learning myself, but what can grandma do about it.) And, her mommy is adamant about not letting that child be held back, she was held back by her father and she got discouraged for a few years, so she does not want that to be the case for the baby.

        I also have to say, the little sweetheart says Please, Thank you, Yes Ma’am, No Ma’am, Yes Sir, No Sir, Asshole and Shut Up Rowdy. I just cringed when I heard her say asshole and told her that was not a nice word to use, she told me “Okay grandma, I’m sorry, but that guy drives wrong.”

        I gave up – because I heard her father say that about the guy that cut them off.

        You are more than welcome to come and stay as long as you would like!

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Hi, Kay,

          Glad you and your dear hubby had a safe trip. What an awesome return on your $20…what were you playing?

          “She just does not stop.” No doubt about who your granddaughter takes after!, A mini energizer bunny!! 🙂

        • DesertGinger says:

          Your granddaughter sounds amazing and cute. When she outgrows that iPhone and needs the next model, she can send her old one to me!

          • Kay says:

            Thank you, Ginger. She is amazing, cute, and TOO SMART for her britches MOST of the time, and I am serious. Over all, her mommy makes sure she plays with all toys, and has fun.

            There’s an old saying… goes something like… “just wait until you have kids and I hope they are just like you or better yet, twice as bad. ” I am already seeing bits and pieces of things coming into that situation. I will admit, it is rather calming for me to see the mommy get somewhat put out with her little sweetheart. Especially, when they piss her off and she screams at them yelling to go to grandma and grandpa’s house RIGHT NOW! Boy, do I remember well the days my daughter used to do that to me when I told her it was time for a bath and bed. UFF-DA, pay back is a ****** ….

      • Kay says:

        I will email you my cell phone number is you, or Sue wants to email me your email addy, or phone number. Thanks Allen, I will likely have a project!

    • Wow Kay! I wanna take $20 and visit a casino with you! $599 is a darned good return on your $20 investment. I can lose $20 in leas than 20 mminutes so times! Glad you had a safe journey.

  23. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Dang, you ladies are a randy bunch tonight. I’ve already got my Levis on but I think I’m gonna have to go get my old Stetson out of the attic. 🙂

    So you finally got to your rodeo, the camera seems to be working great, especially impressive results with the zoom extended, and the tooter is tooting. Glad things seem to be falling into place.

    Interesting perspective on how even though most of the west is pretty homogeneous in many ways every area is a bit different. I did my first year of undergraduate work at U of W in Laramie. It was sort of a cross between great plains farm values and Texas machismo. Really wonderful people.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick,

      “plains farm values and Texas machismo” — I can see it! These folks look like people who work hard and play hard, in a good way.

      Yes, things are looking up for Bridget and me. I knew a brand new camera would be a healthy diversion for me, the tooter is a fun addition, and the rodeo was an unexpected bonus. I have a habit of reading about the areas we visit. I was reading about Lander and, bingo, a rodeo the very next day.

      I’ll envision you from now on in Levis and a Stetson, Rick. 🙂

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Ah shucks Ma’am,

        I suppose I should be happy to have you think of me in Levis and Stetson but truth be told I guess I didn’t really blend in all the well in my time in Laramie. You could say I was more hiking boots than cowboy boots.

        And that’s probably because I grew up in Colorado. Just a state line away but a whole different state of mind. Which of course brings us back to how wonderfully diverse this great country is. Yet another reason I am so grateful for being able to tag along on this adventure you call life.

  24. Dear RVSue,
    Nice pic! Brilliant the Stars and Stripes, a dignified lady on a gainly thoroughbred enough to long for.

    Wyoming is Cowboy Country! Also bear country… 🙁
    Known as a shooting place for the movie ”Shane” in Japan. Unfortunately I’ve never seen a real cowboy. I’d rather like to see a cowgirl. 🙂
    We passed many livestock and horse trailers on the highway when we drove through in this area. We can’t see those categories of huge trailers inside Japan.

    Tie-Down Roping, Team Roping… Rodeo! at my next travel in the US!
    Have a good day, RVSue and sweet Brighet.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Fuji-maru,

      For me the states of Wyoming and Montana have the atmosphere of the old West — huge ranches, cattle drives, cowboys and cowgirls, the hats and all the rest. I’ve never been to Japan, but I imagine it’s much different. No rodeo!

      You have a good day, too, Fuji-maru.

    • DesertGinger says:

      Fuji-Mara, so you know…cowboys generally ride quarter horses. They were bred for working with cows. Very powerful hind quarters so they can move quickly, stop quickly. Sturdier legs. Can’t run as far as a thoroughbred, but can cut a cow out of a herd much better.

  25. Ken says:

    RVSue, I am not trying to start a fight, just my honest opinion, but When the Legends Die has no connection with the real rodeo people or concepts. I tried to read it a long time ago, but I got so disgusted with the author, yuck. I knew people that he was trying to use, and truthfully, they ain’t like he tried to describe.
    A far better choice is Elmer Kelton’s seminal novel The Time it Never Rained. It gets to the core of the West Texas Rancher’s values and demeanor. His son went “rodeoing” but finally awakened to his upbringing and values..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ken,

      You’re entitled to your opinion, too. I don’t mind differences of opinion on my blog as long as they are well-stated and not personal attacks, veiled or otherwise.

      I haven’t read either of the books, so I don’t have an opinion. I did notice that When the Legends Die was dated 1984. Maybe rodeos have improved greatly in the past 30 years?

      I’m guessing — and that’s what it is, a guess — that there are good rodeos and not-so-good rodeos. Some are sanctioned by rodeo associations that monitor the treatment of animals and some aren’t? I don’t really know. I appreciate hearing two different opinions on the subject.

      • Chuck says:

        Hi again Sue! FYI, the livestock provided by Stock Contractors is VERY valuable. A prize bucking bull is worth many THOUSANDS of dollars…like in the six figure range. Same goes for bucking horses! When I die, I want to either come back as a bucking horse or your dog……..both are so very well treated!

  26. Great photos, Sue! I like the iA feature on that camera–that’s what I’d need. Have never been to a rodeo but have the Pendleton Roundup on my list. It was very heartwarming to read that you took Bridget for a walk so she would settle in nicely while you were checking out the rodeo scenery. Folks like you who know–and love–animals that much are at the top of my admiration list. My hubby Jim is up there at the top of that list. Stay warm–fall is coming to a campsite near you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      There’s not much more I can do for Bridget to help her adjust to life without Spike, except make sure she gets plenty of attention and exercise, the latter to help her calm down in stressful situations and to sleep well.

      She’s never been the type of dog that is comforted by things (hmm… sounds like me). In other words, other than her old dog bed which I always put in the PTV when we go somewhere, she doesn’t have a favorite toy or blankie. She’s never ever played with a toy!

      She’s doing well, often wagging her tail happily. I’m thankful that dogs live in the moment and don’t moan about “what could’ve been” or “what once was.”

      I’m glad you have a husband whom you admire. 🙂

  27. JodeeinSoCal says:

    I spent most of my butt-in-the-saddle time in an English saddle, but a lot of butt-in-the-stands time watching high school and community rodeo. There’s just something about time with and on a horse that is so special. Great photos of the roping – it’s not an easy shot!
    Ahhh yes, the Wrangler jeans and straw hats of cowboys – bonus scenery :-). Glad you enjoyed your first rodeo and got to see how well they care for all the animals.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      Although I’ve never had a horse, I’ve always envied the easy interaction I see between horse and rider. Of course, the “easy” part is probably an illusion, as it takes time and effort for the relationship to develop.

      The horses at the rodeo — one I noticed in particular — are extremely sensitive to any indication by the rider to turn, slow down, stop, etc.

      And the confidence in these young people!! I saw a boy on a horse that didn’t want to back into the chute. The horse kept rearing up. The boy sat in the saddle like he was in a rocking chair until the horse settled down. Then he had that horse backing into the chute like it was a Toyota or something.

    • DesertGinger says:

      I grew up in Oklahoma, in town. But had relatives and friends from farms and ranches. Oklahoma is big into rodeo. My impression is that rodeo stock is generally well taken care of. In big rodeos you can often go behind the scenes and see the animals in their pens. In all my years of wandering through rodeos don’t think I ever saw MIS-treatment of animals. I’m sure they would prefer being in a pasture somewhere, but I never saw any meanness.

  28. Gayle at As Time Goes.....Bye says:

    What a great way to soak up some of the local flavor.

  29. mockturtle says:

    Great pictures, Sue! BTW, I spent the night in Wind River Canyon just north of Thermopolis night before last [it was quite warm] and I see they have snow in their forecast for Wednesday & Thursday! Guess I timed it right. On my way to SC to pick up my Tiger TX and will go through Nebraska next. Would like to avoid tornadoes, if possible. Yikes!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, mockturtle,

      Yes, cold weather is on its way! I’ve decided to deal with it rather than outrun it, if that’s even possible.

      I had intended to go up to Cody and maybe circle around through Thermopolis, but Spike’s passing changed my plans. I’m glad your timing was good. Timing is so important when traveling!

      Including avoidance of tornadoes…. I wish you safe travel all the way to your Tiger in SC.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Boy those Tigers look like perfect rigs. Please let us know how it’s working out for you. And congrats.

    • DesertGinger says:

      Wow! I looked at the Tiger TX, and others, on the ‘net. I was shocked at the cost. I’m glad you can afford one….I will never be able to. I hope it is everything you want.

    • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

      Wow Mock!! Getting that Tiger. How exciting!! Run quickly to the east and south because there is a big cold front coming down from Canada. ND will have low temps in the 30s for the next few days and it will get here by Weds/Thurs, but only low 40s. ACK!! And it is still too hot in AZ.

      • mockturtle says:

        Well, it will be my home, as my current Born Free is now. The Tiger is smaller so getting all my ‘stuff’ into it might be a challenge.

    • Kellee says:

      Thermopolis is a great little town. The thermal pools are really something to see if you get the chance.

  30. Shirlene says:

    Hey Sue, I was awake in the middle of the night and so started reading your post about the Clinger buster. When I dropped off to sleep, I dreamed about that damn thing….Someone was trying to take it off your BLT…whew…just dreaming…hope your sleep was more peaceful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh no! That’s not the kind of reaction I’m going for with my blog, Shirlene!

      Sleep well tonight.

  31. Willow (AZ) says:

    Hi Sue,
    Enjoyed the pictures especially the cowboy ones! If you head back to Arizona this year, Cave Creek has a great Bull riding rodeo, it’s free too, but you usually spend your money on a cold beer and barbeque, maybe even two, it’s a fun night. I take my two grandsons and they wear the standard cowboy hats and enjoy all the activities and people.
    We are having a monsoon here in the west valley right now, I have my sliding door open so I can Listen to it, when you live in the desert rain is welcome, except we have to be aware of flash flooding.
    Love to you and Bridget.

    • AZ Jim says:

      Hi Willow, I thought the downpour was gonna flood in from the back yard this morning but it quit just in time. I do have a pump for the low spot if needed but it worked out this time (again). Lot’s of flooding in the area though. We picked up almost 4″ in just a short time. Sue will be back to winter here I am sure. Take care, Jim….Surprise, AZ

      • DesertGinger says:

        Hi willow and Jim…yep, raining here in Tucson as well. It’s cool, love the sound. My park doesn’t flood but driving anywhere you have to be aware. We really need rain, so it’s good. But I’ll be happy when monsoon is over so we lose the humidity.

        • AZ Jim says:

          Yeah! People who say of us “Zonies”, “yes, it’s hot but it’s dry heat” haven’t been here for our Monsoon season. Two a day showers.

        • Willow (AZ) says:

          Hi Ginger,
          I love the sound of rain too, I always think how the trees are grateful for a nice deep drink and it just seems to clear the dust off everything…. I hope you are feeling well.

      • Willow (AZ) says:

        Hi JIm,
        We are practically neighbors! The rain here was just as you described,I was thinking if this keeps up it will flood the patio and head in the door soon. But it stopped as suddenly as it started.
        No complaints though I love Arizona. Glad to hear you didn’t need to use the pump though. Take care…

  32. Terri From Texas says:

    I used to go to the big Rodeos in Houston every year when I was younger-I thought they were great. That is, until I started thinking about how the animals were “feeling”. Although I never saw an animal hurt or anything I couldn’t stop thinking about how they must have felt and were they frightened? And I’m sorry, but I think that saying an animal is expensive so they aren’t hurt or frightened is like saying the slaves in the south were expensive so they didn’t get mistreated. Doesn’t cut it with me. I think animals have souls and don’t deserve to be used for gladitorial purposes. Although, the horse show part of the Rodeo is nice-just wish they would cut out the roping and chasing bits. Thats my two cents.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Terri,

      I wish those that object to rodeos would be a bit more specific. Where is the cruelty and mistreatment? I ask that in a tone of wanting to learn, not in an antagonistic way.

      Someone mentioned the cruelty that backyard horses and dogs suffer. It’s my guess that would be a good target for passionate objection.

      Here’s a thought for anyone… Were the pioneers cruel having oxen and horses pull their wagons? Is a farmer cruel to harness a team of horses to a plow in order to grow crops? Is it cruel to ride a burro to summon a midwife for a woman in labor? And so on…..

      Terri, you are a kind and sensitive person. You don’t want animals to be frightened. Yet people are frightened all the time, some people are frightened several times a day, every day. Not arguing… just giving a little perspective.

      What examples of cruelty are you concerned about? “roping and chasing”?

  33. AZ Jim says:

    Sue, you keep your mind on the business up there and it ain’t wearing Jeans. 🙂

  34. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Love the rodeo pictures! I agree that the camera takes great pictures!

    The area of Wyoming seems to quite nice.

    I also have ordered a few books for upcoming Bible studies I will be doing through your site. Not much money spent but still an item for you.

    Have a great day Sue!

  35. weather says:

    Hi Sue!
    Earlier in the day I typed a comment here-about the resplendent pure light of sunrise with air currents effects in wind sounds,leaf beauty and bird flight-how all that and much else has made me fall in love with life over and over again for so long…then I proof read it,and felt it was too long to post,so hit back space until it disappeared and sat with the troupe,meandering through part of the day.

    Now I’ve popped in again,read comments and think -I write often enough -extolling creation,today I’ll talk of an aspect of love.

    Last year my grandson was experiencing heartbreak,it lasted quite a long time.My effect in his healing was profound.Because I addressed what his hurting spoke about him-a great heart,passionate nature,capacity for love few possess…

    During that time when we went places we talked,too,of our love of vehicles-jeeps,RV’s,cars,etc.You know,my strong feelings about road-kill and frightened or injured animals suffering at the hand of humanity at the wheel never found it’s way into those discussions.Why?Because I can advocate for animal rights anytime,anywhere-but NOT at the expense of the fragile happiness of one I love.

    Perhaps folks’ busy lives prevent them from putting into context -the casual way you describe a good day.They fail to note it’s rarity during recent times,so of course,I understand.I’d just like to encourage people to tread more gently here than usual,for a while,these are tender days for many of God’s creatures,sweetness makes them pass more pleasantly by.

    Bundle up with something that feels good,including knowing that perfect wishes will be sent for all to the Maker of the moon tonight-it’s extra fullness gives it room for more 🙂

  36. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Reading all the comments here about dress and all…it is a funny thing, but some folks just love wearing cowboy boots (my girls in particular). The younger came to visit last week, bringing her boots….and both went out, in their boots, dancing one evening. Neither wearing those boots (argh…my feet like sandals!!) nor dancing appeals to me, but I was happy watching them get ready to go and coming back having had a fun time. My teens and young adult life was spent in a “cowboy town”….known for its rodeo, (which by the way, we fortunately never saw anything disturbing…that was later on and why we no longer go). It is a really big event there…a parade…with not only horses, but old time cars (which we sometimes rode in because a friend had lots of them and wanted them being shown in the parade)…etc. and a HUGE BBQ…yummy….makes my mouth water thinking of the food alone. This always was in mid-July….a quite hot time…but these events were so looked forward to. We usually always went to the parade and the BBQ if nothing else!! And always ran into LOTS of people we knew…so lots of visiting going on too. Brings back some fun memories…thanks for the reminder, Sue!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      I enjoyed your comment, as usual. I’m glad this post brought back good memories for you.

    • DesertGinger says:

      One of the things I hoped for when I got my left foot rebuilt back in 2008 was to be able to wear cowboy boots again. After a month in hospital, 6 months no weight bearing, and a full year recuperating, still couldn’t wear boots because my knee was acting up. Now I got knee done and you know what’s coming next, don’t you? If I ever get through this heart/clots/stroke mess….cowboy boots! I want to go to the local country bar and hear some music and line dance, and i swear I’m going to make it there. Yeehaw!

  37. edlfrey says:

    “It’s not my first rodeo” means you have experience going through whatever you’re going through. But you can now say it and also mean that you have experienced a rodeo.

    I’m surprised that you have not received more anti-rodeo comments than what you have. I did like the Comment from Teri in Texas ” I think animals have souls and don’t deserve to be used for gladitorial [sic] purposes. Although, the horse show part of the Rodeo is nice…” The riding of horses does not seem to be impair their souls in Teri’s opinion although I have seen some horses that acted like it did. That is where bucking stock comes from – horses that feel they are being used just because someone has climbed on their back.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ed,

      You managed to comment about the rodeo and remain neutral. Well done! Apparently this ain’t your first rodeo. 🙂

  38. Alan Rabe says:

    Wahoo a rodeo, Yippee-Ki-Yea. Looks like a load of fun. I suspect the crowd doesn’t get many outsiders at their event and where just wondering who you were.
    Camera looks like a keeper, the colors look nice and crisp. Looks like it should do you fine.

  39. I for one love rodeos. However, I prefer the small town variety to the bigger professional extravaganzas! Fuji-maru, you might be interested in visiting Cody Wyoming. Every night they have a shortened version of a rodeo. We saw it and we were pleased to see the animals looking healthy and well treated.
    Sue that camera is amazing! Wonderful clarity and great stop action on the fast shots that are so hard to get! Loved my Lumix, should have gotten another one!
    Happy belated birthdays to Pauline and Mick. And Desert Ginger… Love your attitude and outlook on life
    Thanks again to Mick for gifting all if us with his gift of Tooters to keep our Sue all safe from bears and clingers! 🙂 Love to you all.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      It’s nice to have you back in the cyber-loop, making comments again!

      It was Mick who suggested the Lumix to me. I really didn’t know which one to get as Fuji and Canon sell very similar cameras. It was part “eenie meenie minee mo” and part, hey, 60X zoom, wow!

  40. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Once many years ago, I was working and was at a local hospital, EMT, and the crew of a fire truck came in. I was standing by an ER nurse and she commented that one of the firefighters had a ‘great butt’. I walked up to him and copped a feel, he whirled around and said’Mama!’ It was my son, lol. I thought that nurse would I introduced her to my son, but didn’t reveal her comment…
    Great butts deserve to be admired! My son was in his early twenties and an avid bike rider plus he rode horses so had a great tush. The nurse always remembered me when we brought a patient in, and always asked about my son. He now works for the railroad, also a job he loves…

    Great subject today, love the new photo tool, but it takes a great tool operator to make those shots that count!

  41. My fondest rodeo memory was when the rodeo queen and her court, with their lacquered hair, heavy makeup, rhinestones and sequins, sitting in ringside box seats, were showered with dirt and animal droppings when a bucking bronc went wild in front of them.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Al . . . You wouldn’t have laughed so hard if you’d ever put that much work into your appearance. But I imagine it was quite funny!

  42. Wickedlady of Shelton WA says:

    I love rodeo! Miss my ArabXQuarterhorse. He would sneek up behind me when I was working in his pasture and steal the gloves out of my hip pocket. He would shake them and trot off wanting to play. Got to love horses!
    Great action shots, Sue.

  43. SoCoLeslie says:

    Love those horse spats, especially the red ones!
    DesertGinger, glad you found your lost mojo, keep moving forward…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Spats . . . .That’s what they’re called, eh?

      • Lee J in Northern California says:

        Horse boots, used to protect tendons, they support the leg plus protect the legs from impact injuries. People that do horse sports us them as a safety measure to minimize injury.

        I do like calling them spats, I must remember that!

        I use them on Meg, but hers are turquoise.

  44. Lolalo says:

    Glad you are enjoying your new camera! You picked a nice subject to ‘break it in’. Something about those cowboys….and their lifestyle.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lolalo,

      I was curious how the camera would perform for action shots. Also how well I would perform taking the shots!

  45. Mark Watson says:

    Ref to rodeo cruelty in various replies above ……
    If you want to really see extreme cruelty at the rodeo… attend a Professional Bull Riding event… Man them bulls treat the human riders extremely badly.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mark,

      I tried to research the issue, looking for statistics on injuries to people and animals in rodeos, but I couldn’t find a survey that didn’t represent a hidden agenda, either for or against rodeos. I did read how dangerous rodeos are to people… lots of concussions and back injuries.

      • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

        Rodeo is definitely a young man’s game… and many have to retire young because of the injuries endemic in this kind of sport. But, then this is true of so many sports.

  46. weather says:

    Hi again Sue,
    This evening I spent time online ,again,trying to understand expressions I’m unfamiliar with.Because you’ve already tried to help me do that before,I try not to bother you with that type of question if I can figure it out some other way.

    Slack jawed,wow,glad it’s not what I thought!I understand “mouth agape” or “jaw dropping surprise”,but for some reason ,when I read slack jawed I all I could think of was slack.Like- leave some slack in the rope,or let trousers be casual,uncuffed,without creases-like slacks -for pants.

    So I’d pictured a jaw bone sort of detached ,loosely dangling,with no definition or real shape.Cartoonish images of aliens came to mind.I’d guessed that you meant the rodeo regulars saw outsiders as a subspecies -in some type of insiders joke.

    As it turns out,I hope,you meant that you were showing avid interest and wonder-about something they are quite used to.I got this one right,this time,didn’t I?

  47. Diann in MT says:

    One of the most cruel rodeos around is the Cheyenne (WY) Frontier Days.
    Google it.
    Just to be clear: I am not opposed to little kid rodeos. They are well supervised by parents and other town people.

    It’s the adult competitive events that become extreme and vulgar.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate you making that distinction, Diann.


      I hope y’all will understand… I’m bowing out of the discussion on rodeos. I don’t have an opinion one way or the other. All I know about rodeos is what I saw at the one I attended last Saturday. At that rodeo I didn’t see any animal or human being mistreated and I enjoyed watching the skill of the riders and their horses.

      Not much will be accomplished here, either by defending or attacking rodeos. It’s a controversy best addressed elsewhere.

      Thank you, blogorinos, for presenting both sides of the issue.

    • Cat Lady (on the road in Bradyville, TN) says:

      Guess I must be extreme and vulgar because I enjoy watching them. I love animals. Won’t tolerate folks being mean to them or other people. These animals are very valuable…lots of money on the hoof. Do you really believe they’d allow cruelty of any kind? Not hardly.

      A few years ago there was a big bull named Bodacious. Beautiful bull and boy could he buck. He almost killed Tuff Hederman (sp?). Sicko me, I enjoyed ruttin’ for the bull, lol. I was sorry Tuff got hurt but that was the chance he took.

      As much as Sue loves her animals do you really think she’d go watch something that allowed the abuse of other animals? I don’t. How about let’s give this “cruelty to animals” a rest and let Sue enjoy her first rodeo.

      Cat Lady

  48. Kay says:

    Hey Sue, The City Admin stopped by this evening, informed us rain and SNOW headed our way Thursday. That means, it’ll hit your area first. Make sure you have enough staples to get you through a few long nights/days over there. I’ve seen some past weather in that area, and believe me, it’s not fun. Prepare!

  49. Patsy Canada says:

    Sue great pictures, just beautiful. As for peoples points one lesson we don’t put human emotion on animals. These animals are worth thousands of dollars to these cowboys / girls, I am impressed with the skill and endurance these people have. I don’t think they would or could afford to lose thousands of dollars, these animals are better treated then our seniors, homeless people… I am so glad you got to try your camera out and share the adventure with us. And for those with negative comments, to me your better to keep them to yourself.. Sue’s blog is for sharing her adventures .. Can’t wait to hear and see your next post Sue.. Hugs

  50. weather says:

    F.Y.I.-perhaps this morning would be a very good time to order your camera filters… out

    • weather says:

      Good morning Sue,
      Do you remember the mostly white caterpillar that visited me once?Since then more visits occurred,each one involving my clearing spider webs from the path to keep it safely open.This morning I found the little guy asleep in “our” spot,as though he’d come to trust his safety there and had been waiting for me.Some creatures who’ve adopted me have taken so long to become that trusting because they’d been given reasons to withhold that before …When they finally choose to sleep beside me ,I know the joy of seeing them live carefree thereafter. Now,wide awake ,everyone here’s off in their own part of the playground,neat.

      Trusting that you’ve prepared well for whatever temperature and precipitation changes you’re likely encountering,I hope something in that makes your camera be a fun part of today ,and that you also find reason for a wonder filled stillness

      My neighbor has miraculously begun loving birdsong and squirrels antics-I’m thrilled that his caring about and watching me has given him that.A less likely friendship than ours would have been hard for anyone else to imagine,it’s a wonder even to me that giving others reason to trust opens worlds of such gifts

      Re-the above post- that set of filters ,I now realize,may not have been the one you, were going with,it was just the one originally recommended to you and has become limited in availability I noticed while checking something out on my wish list.Since you’d decided to wait for Yuma’s delivery convenience,I hope I didn’t waste your time by putting that note here. ’til later then,me

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Good morning, weather,

        I enjoyed your post this morning, as always. No, I didn’t order the filters because of the mailing situation.

        I want you to know there is a reply to a comment you made under the post “Chipmunks and chasing away clingers.” from Connie Qualey. It’s buried in all those comments somewhere.

        • weather says:

          So-o good to hear from you, glad you enjoyed our sharing again,I always do,too.

          . Thank you !I used the link you gave to read that and to reply to Connie there,of course, without your “heads up” to me, I’d never have seen that,how fun!

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