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Monday, July 12, 2010

Yee Haw! the Orick Rodeo

Country music twanging in the air :: Smoke from the deep pit BBQ wafting in the breeze :: A fine layer of grit on the back of your hands :: The stomp of worn boots on bleachers :: Beer in coolie cups and snow cones in 10 flavors :: Cattle braying :: Horses neighing :: Sun in your eyes and certainly on your bare knees :: More cowboy hats than can be counted :: Cowboys :: Children carrying chickens through the stands :: Worn leather saddles and shined up belt buckles :: Roping, Riding, Racing :: Cheering, Groaning, Hollering Loud

I don't remember the last time I felt so American.
Nor the last time it felt so good.


team roping



redwood park



Do you know about Mutton Bustin'? Because it's my favorite event. Laugh, cry, and cheer your heart out for those little tykes.






Ok, you've GOT to forgive this rediculous little video but you MUST listen to the music! That couple was wailing up on stage, beating the band and belting out like only those with a country heart of gold can do. And honestly, be glad there is no close up of the MEAT, because believe you me, that was one serious hunk of barbecue!

Also, as a side note: whyyyyyyyyy must YouTube always grab the very worst facial expression possible for the cover snap of your videos? I look remarkably bass-ish here but I SWEAR, NOT IN REAL LIFE!

** HUGE photo credit to my little sis, Aubrey, for the majority of these are her. I was too busy screaming and slurping on my watermelon snow cone. So I stole these like any big sister ought to. THANK YOU AUB! YOU'RE AMAZING! **


Taddyporter said...

OH MANnnnn mutton bustin' is totally hilarious and I seriously have not heard of it and we throw a mean rodeo over here in Palouse country. Well, by WE I mean THEY. I am usually too cool to attend but you may have swayed me with these AWESOME photos YAHoooooooooooo.

UmberDove said...

Seriously. Taddy. Go to the rodeo. SUCH a good time, and a total excuse to drink beer before noon (if you're into that sort of thing. I stuck with snow cones) and yell at the top of your lungs. I've got a streak of city girl a mile wide and I promise you, you won't regret it!

resolute twig said...

It looks awesome.

I have never been to a rodeo, but I think it is now officially added to my list of things to do. :)

UmberDove said...

Bucket list Twig. Absolutely!

Melissa said...

I love me some rodeo.

Nancy*McKay said... neck & back hurt...i'm walkin' with a swagger...i'm craving BBQ...YEEHAWWWW it's gonna be a grand ole day!

Snailentina said...

I have never been but this looks like a blast! The music was enough to make me crack up.

Bones said...

I just sent this link to some friends explaining why they HAD to stay in town long enough to attend the 2011 rodeo. From the mutton bustin' to the barbeque, it is the bomb.

Thanks for a great post!