I joined 6 other people and enjoyed the National Senior Pro rodeo in Wickenburg, Arizona. It was a beautiful day and there was lots of activity. I enjoyed all the colors and pageantry of the rodeo.
The bucking broncos were very intense!
We had an absolutely fabulous and fantastic day! We visited the “eighth wonder of the world” and hiked into Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. It was a phenomenal experience!
My favorite sections were the “king’s palace” and the “big room.” It was incredible to see the size of the rooms and all the different rock formations. It was truly awesome to view such beauty.
We got a workout by walking for about five hours with only a few breaks. We were so excited to see the next formation we simply kept walking and walking. Thank goodness there was an elevator available to exit the cavern!
The park service did a great job with highlighting the amazing rock features. We did one ranger-lead tour and one tour on our own. I loved every second of the experience!
I had a wonderful opportunity to visit John in Austin. We had a great time talking, going on a hike, eating barbecue, and attending a football game!
I have always wanted to attend a University of Texas at Austin football game. For decades they have been one of the top teams in the country and they have a rich football tradition. Their football stadium is the ninth largest stadium in the world!
It was especially fun to watch Texas play Kansas State. The two teams were evenly matched and Texas won the game in double overtime! John and I had a wonderful time being together!
We had a nice day trip to Midland, Texas and had the opportunity to visit the childhood home of President George W. Bush. It was quite interesting to see. The house has been refurbished and is unique as it is the only house in the United States that has been the home of two presidents, two governors, and one first lady. A very amazing history indeed!
It was fun to see George W. Bush’s room while growing up, the type of old telephone, and various items in the kitchen. It was also interesting to learn that President H.W. Bush was an excellent baseball player for Yale.
We had fun having our picture taken with the cut-out of President Bush.
I really enjoy college football. As a delayed birthday gift from Amy and Neil, I was invited to attend the football game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Arizona State Sun Devils. Since I am a University of Arizona Wildcat, I was rooting against the Sun Devils! Go Red Raiders! The front of a t-shirt people were wearing at the game said “Don’t Bring a Pitchfork to a Gun Fight!”
The game was delayed for about an hour due to lightening and 50 mile per hour winds. However, that did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd. The crowd was loud and quite interested in supporting their team. The saying for Texas Tech is “Guns Up” and the crowd makes a gun symbol with their hands. It was fun to be a part of the loud Texas Tech crowd. The game largely turned into an offensive game, with Texas Tech winning 52 to 45.
It turned out that this game was designed to honor the cotton industry in the area. Many people wore white shirts to promote the cotton industry, but I wore a red Texas Tech t-shirt.
We have been enjoying some beautiful sunrises the last few days. The local news has talked about the fires in Montana and the wind that has been blowing ash into west Texas. The thickness in that atmosphere has produced a nice orange sunrise.
This morning I headed from Lubbock to Brownfield, Texas and found a nice dirt road without city lights. I setup my tripod and waited to enjoy the show as the sun came up.
I had fun trying a couple of lenses and different settings. It was very spectacular!
I had a wonderful time visiting Red Rock Park! It has beautiful red rocks and reminds me of both Kanab, Utah and Sedona, Arizona. Mountain bikes were welcome on the trails, so I rode all over the area. There were steps on the two trails I tried, so I rode on the main area around the campground.
Apparently, this park used to be owned by the State of New Mexico, but is now owned by the city of Gallup. For $20, I had a 50 amp site with water in a gorgeous area! The only negative aspect was all the sites were sandy. I tried to minimize tracking sand into the motorhome.
It was funny, but the tiny Post Office for Church Rock was right next to the campground.
I loved the beauty of the area!