Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

“The Daddy of ‘em All”

If you’ve ever been to Cheyenne, Wyoming then you know that the expression “The Daddy of ‘em All” refers to Cheyenne Frontier Days - the World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo.  This is a serious rodeo that cowboys and cowgirls hope that a good ride will pave their way to large purses and a ticket to the National Finals Rodeo held each year in Las Vegas.  All seven major rodeo events (and a few more) are on the schedule every day and the action doesn’t stop with bucking bulls, broncs, barrels, and steers.  If five hours of rodeo isn’t enough to lure you to the 10-day long celebration, don’t worry because there are plenty of other events scattered around the city and fairgrounds.  There are free pancake breakfasts, three days of parades, an air show, Indian village with dancers and crafts, multiple music stages, chuck wagon cook-offs, a carnival midway; and in the evenings, there are concerts by big name acts like Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Journey, and Reba McEntire.  So now, is that enough for you?

We wanted to take it all in and started our week off with watching the grand parade which pranced through the historic streets of downtown Cheyenne.  The parade was full of energy and emphasized the towns pride generated by hosting this large rodeo event now in its 116th year.  It had all the makings of a home town parade with marching bands, antique John Deere tractors, fire engines, and businesses advertising on cleverly designed floats.

Here come the Rodeo Queens representing their home states!
The parade showed off antique stage coaches.

We have never seen a cowboy ride a Brahman bull and a Texas longhorn.
Of course, there was a marching band.
But our day was not over yet – we needed to hit some of the city’s sights and absorb some of Cheyenne’s culture.  We ventured up to the State Capital for a quick look around and then headed over to the Wyoming State Museum. Then there was the Cowgirls of the West Museum, the Cheyenne Depot Museum, and had to poke into the western shops for a little shopping (I’m in the market for a new hat and some tight Wranglers).  Well, that was enough for one day and it was time to pick up Spirit from day care at Red Ruff Inn where she had her own rodeo playing with lots of dogs.

Wyoming is proud of their involvement in the women suffrage movement and were the first territory to allow women to vote.  Outside the capitol stands a statue of Ester Morris the nations first female Justice of the Peace.
The sheepherders wagon resembles an early RV.  It was equipped with a bed, kitchen, sitting area, and had wheels.
Miss Wyoming 1983's digs.  Now that's an outfit!
The Old Depot (built in 1887) is a National Historic Landmark that houses a train museum, gift shop, and restaurant.
The Cowgirls of the West Museum has many of the artifacts a cowgirl needs including dresses, chaps, hair combs, and hats.
And of course the museum has side saddles.

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