Friday, July 31, 2009

CFD Day 4

Day 4 of our vacation ...

Our family old time photo ... Jenna and Nathan ... Nathan wanted to point his gun at his sister and we almost had to take it away. This thing was born while we were there. Mom is a miniature horse, dad is a miniature donkey so he is called a ponky. He's really small ... smaller than our yellow lab Molly. Still we liked Rosebud better. The day after he was born every single night we had to listen to the dad heehaw all night long ... he missed his soul mate I guess. The warden left the jail doors open and he has escaped ... if you have seen him please do not apprehend yourselves ... call authorities!
Nathan, me and Jenna waiting impatiently for Jake Owens to hurry up. BRING ON THE KENNY! This was right before Nathan handcuffed the old ladies behind us to the rail. Oh. yes. he. did. *sigh*
Jake Owens. He's okay.

And there is Kenny ... and so are the rest of these photo's in this post. Sorry.

Kenny on the big screen.

Kenny and some reggae guy ...
Kenny and Jake Owens.Kenny and Uncle Cracker.
Daily Quote:
“I love living my life in flip-flops,” he says with a laugh. “I met a guy in the islands a while ago [who] told me he hadn’t worn a pair of shoes in three years! I thought, ‘Man, that’s the life!’ ”
Kenny Chesney

Thursday, July 30, 2009

CFD Day 3

On Day 3 of our vacation we went to the rodeo and Kellie Pickler/Taylor Swift concert. Jenna, Nathan and Jason at the rodeo. We were right behind the chutes. I honestly think those were the best seats in the house, not only did we get to see the bull riders/bronc and saddle bronc riders ride up close and personal but they have misters through those seats. It was great.This shot was an accident on our part. The photo was taken by Nathan just at the right time. Too funny heh?At this particular day of the Daddy Of 'Em All was the Tough Enough to Wear Pink for cancer, specifically breast cancer. They raised 5000 dollars just from that rodeo and after that money was raised several of the bull riders, bronc riders, saddle bronc riders, steer wrestlers, Bill Cole who is the coordinator for the rodeo and the rodeo clown all cut their hair. It was pretty cool that they did this kind of thing. Also for every cowboy/cowgirl that participated in the rodeo and who wore a pink shirt that day, I believe the PRCA put in 5 dollars. Almost every cowboy/cowgirl had a pink shirt, that was pretty awesome too! The National Anthem was sung by a little girl from Cheyenne with a very rare female disease found in girls younger than 10. It was very humbling and emotional. Guess who this is? Brenda Seely (Ruby). This is her first time with PRCA and her first time in the Cheyenne Frontier Days. She didn't do so great (better than I could obviously) but she is a very lucky girl getting to do this kind of thing. It takes a pretty good rider to be in the PRCA and that she is! Jenna wanted me to take a picture of the rodeo clown. She laughed and laughed at him. This is him after his hair cut. He had long shaggy hair and now it looks like Elvis. hahaJenna and Nathan right before the Kellie Pickler concert came on. Jason hadn't shown up yet. We arrived at 5:00 concert started at 8:00 and there were no parking whatsoever except for at the Park and Ride which was about 20 minutes away on a not so busy day. Today it was a few more minutes than 20 ... more like an hour. It was packed. The record for that many people (tickets sold) to a female artist at the Cheyenne Frontier Days was broken that day. It was amazing how many people where there. The noise was unreal. I've never seen anything like that before. Kellie Pickler ... umm ... we'd rather see Rodney Atkins I think if we had a choice. Oh well, that's not who we were there for. Jenna getting excited for the concert! And Taylor Swift from here on out. The concert was amazing. She had 8 semi's full of stuff. Rodney had 1 and I think Kenny had 2. The back drop was a screen and constant changing images. She changed outfits almost every song. She talked mostly to the preteens and teens (girls of course) and how it's okay to be different and how not to let someone else tell you who you are or not. Be yourself. That is the best concert I've seen YET. Each song tells a story and she plays the story in each one she sings when she is in concert. Jenna AND Nathan loved it! The last song she sang water came down out of the top of the stage and drenched her. This picture and the next two pictures are ones that our neighbors at our campground gave Jenna. They were an older couple and friends of whoever is in charge of coordinating the entertainment at Cheyenne Frontier Days and had touching distance floor (party zone) seats to her concert. He took these pictures and gave them to Jenna because he knew how much she liked Taylor Swift. Wasn't that nice? He was from Saluda, North Carolina.

Daily Quote:

My partner and I won the race, and I threw my hat into the air and bent to pick it up. Everyone started laughin' because I had split the back end of my pants out, and I wasn't wearing shorts.

by Chris LeDoux

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

CFD Day 2

Day two of our vacation. While vacationing in Cheyenne, Wyoming we stayed at an RV park called Terry Bison Ranch. They are an actual working ranch/rodeo/RV park. It's always an adventure to stay there. Here are some things that happened on our second day.

This is Nathan and Jenna with the newest addition to the Terry Bison Ranch. Her name is Rosebud. Her momma didn't want her and so they bottle feed her and she just hasn't done that well with that. She has needed a blood transfusion among antibiotics and various other things. She was like a pet puppy. She'd follow you and demand to be paid attention to. If we could have we would have brought her home. The kids were often found around where ever Rosebud was.
Nathan in the cardboard cutout of a man riding a buffalo.Jenna in the cutout of the man riding the buffalo.From the moment we arrived at our camp spot (which by the way was right next to where the train came through mind you) Jenna kept pestering us to ride the train that talked about the ranch history and rode through the buffalo herd. So here are Nathan and Jenna on the train. They do have a few one hump camels which is weird to me ... especially in Wyoming.Nathan, Jason and Jenna on the train out to see the buffalo herd.
This is one of the big bulls of the herd. At this ranch they have also experimented with crossing a buffalo with a long horn cow. I'm not sure what they called him but he was very interesting. His coloring was very cool. He was dark like a buffalo but then had horns like a long horn cow and then a white strip down his back like a long horn Texas cow would have. Out of all of the cows/buffalo he was the one they said you could touch ... but he never came over to the train so we never got a real good look at him. So we had to settle for the others including this big bull. His head is said to weigh around 450 pounds and around 3000 pounds altogether. He was ginormous. When we first got on the train they SOLD you treats to throw out to the critters and I'm sure that this big fella gets his share of treats. :)Jenna and Nathan on the safe side of the train. The buffalo they are pictured with is a smaller one but still kind of scary to me. It was interesting some of the things that they had said about these guys.This sign says "Welcome To Colorado". We traveled by train to Colorado (haha) and were there a whole 4 minutes. The ranch goes into Colorado also. Also at this place they train trick horses. This one is a picture of the son of the owner and one of the trick horses. The horse played dead and was snoring and so the guy got on the ground with him (it was kind of funny actually.) The owners name is Ron and he has trained several horses to do some funny things that are out of the ordinary, like how to steal stuff and count, etc. The owner came around to our camp and invited us to come over to his little barn and he put on a show for about 5 or 6 of us families. Nathan got to get a horse to do a bow but he did it so fast I couldn't snap the picture quick enough. UGH. But he did great! Now he thinks that our horses should be able to do that kind of stuff. :)
They have a "catwalk" over the top of their feed lots. In one of the areas was some cows. Instead of eating where the rest of the cows eat, 2 of them somehow squeezed their ways into the feeder and decided to get comfortable. Not sure how they got in or got out but apparently it wasn't their first rodeo at this. haha
And some silly goats. The goats love the treats that the buffalo get so you have to save some for them. They follow you all along the cat walk and often look at you through somewhat sad eyes like this. Poor little guys, looks like their starving huh? They also had some pigs and stuff but I didn't think they were worth wasting my precious time taking a picture of and they smelled. (Not a real big fan of pigs - can you tell?)
This baby llama and her mama were over by where Rosebud was also. This one was tiny but not real friendly. We didn't spend much time with her.

These are the coolest little things ... This is ROCKSTAR! Their hair kind of falls over their face and is shaggy. And Baby Rockstar ... look how tiny her legs are. Too cute.
Jenna blowing one of those weed things into the wind.
Nathan blowing one of those weed things into the wind.

Jenna, Jason and Nathan at Rodney Atkin concert. He wasn't that great. Don't think we need to see him again ... we like some of his music though.

Rodney Atkin live and in concert.

This picture is a picture of him on the big screens. Just a closer view of him. Plus every time I would take a picture somebodies head would somehow end up in it.

Daily Quote:

Inscription on Mr. John Wayne's headstone:

"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learnt something from yesterday."

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

CFD Day 1

Even though we are home now I thought you'd want to see how our trip panned out. We left for Cheyenne on Tueday July 21st and came home on Sunday July the 26th ...

So here is a few pictures of day one ...

Nathan sitting in the truck to go. We were waiting on Jason to decide he had all he needed. It took him awhile. And of course Jenna taking a nap.

Okay, that's it for day 1. Sorry ... we were traveling and sitting up the camp most of the day that day. Check back tomorrow for more CFD photos.

Daily Quote/song:

Mama don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys

Don't let 'em pick guitars and drive them old trucks

Make 'em be doctors and lawyers and such

Mama don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys

They'll never stay home and they're always alone

Even with someone they love.

From Willie Nelson

My mom used to sing this song to me when I was a kid, it reminds me of her when I hear it. :(