At the Tucson Rodeo

The bucking chutes and main pressbox at La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros

Notice the little guy hanging on for dear life in “Mutton Busting” for 4, 5, and 6 year olds.

Junior Barrel Racing
Junior Tean roping
Aren’t we a cute western couple?
Opening Ceremonies by “The Quadrille”
The end of the National Anthem
Bareback bronc riding…or falling
Four in the air!!
This cowboy really wants to stay on, or he’s asleep

Steer wrestling

Saddle bronc riding

Calf Roping
he won’t get up if I sit on him.

More Tucson Rodeo Pictures

Saddle Bronc rider four in the air

Three more saddle bronc pictures

Calf Roping

Gotta tie him good for at least 6 seconds

However you can hold that calf down.

Nailed him…now to stop

Team roping

Ladies Barrel Racing

Heading for home!

Rodeo clown just before the bull riding

Another bull rider abusing his body.

One cowboy bites the dust.

And another one bites the dust!!
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Rodeo Days in Tuscon

We spent the day in Tuscon at the 87th year of Fiesta De Los Vaqueros. The rodeo was just great. They started with the children (5-11 years olds) and everything on up. The kids were such fun. They rode sheep, barrel raced, calf touch, and goat roping. These kids were fantastic the little 6 year old girls riding these hugh horses around barrels going as fast as possible. We went with 3 other couples and the seats were great right across from the chutes so we felt up close and personal and could see everything. They had lots of venders so I got a cowboy hat because the day was hot and sunny. I still have trouble with why a perfectly smart,young man would want to ride a bull? They are either very brave or just crazy. It was such a fun day. Then we all went out to dinner at the Brooklyn Bar and Grill. Great burgers and pizza.

Chiracahua National Monument

We took a drive over to Wilcox again and then headed about 35 miles southwest to the Chiricahua National Monument. What a wonderful day! The sky was clear and the temps were in the 60’s, even up at 9800 feet at Massai point.

An interesting formation just outside the Visitor Center. Below is the long view from the same place.

Somewhere along the 8 mile drive to the top.

We saw lots of these balanced rocks. I wish we could have hiked down to the one in the below picture.

The Apache called this the land of standing rocks. Kind of reminds me of the hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

Massai Point lookout

Just to the right of Massai point

My two pets
Fantastic spires and pinnacles.

More of the same.

My intrepid honey on the trail up to sugarloaf. Yes, that’s snow on the trail ahead. We didn’t do the whole trail, but we’ll be back. I couldn’t resist this beautiful blue bird, I don’t know the species.

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Valentine’s day at Butterfield’s

We had a great time Tuesday evening at the Butterfield RV Resort Valentine’s Day dinner dance. We had a really outstanding meal and danced to a local duo called the Partner’s Band. Our hall is only large enough to accommodate 94 people at dinner and have enough room for a dance floor so ticket sales were cut off several days before the 14th. Folks are still talking about how it was the best event of the season. Our resident photographer, Jim Case of Gray Wolf Photography shot this picture of Kathy and me just before dinner.

I had an apron on as I was helping to serve the dinner.