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Musings on 4th of July Eve

Happy Independence Day!  I’m proud to be an American every day, but the 4th holds a special place in my heart.  Maybe it’s because I grew up in a town where there’s a great amateur rodeo over the 3rd and 4th, with (of course) a parade the morning of the 4th.  My mom was the secretary of that rodeo for much of my growing-up, and I packed flag in the parade and grand entry for many years.  Here’s some proof.  And now I feel really old!

We are a fairly patriotic family, and we have a flag flying in our corral.  Here are a few pictures that feature it.  First, here’s one in December.  With a stiff north breeze.  Welcome to the Madison Valley.

Here’s one from that same December, on a little bit nicer day.  While I have recently been described as “freakishly tall”, I AM standing on the flatbed.

Here’s one from calving season in March.  South breeze this time.

Not in our corral, but speaking of wind…here’s a shot from the racetrack in Ruidoso on All-American Futurity Day.  I hear that the fires got very close to the track this summer – scary!

I’ll be spending my Independence Day just down the road in Terry, Montana at a local rodeo.  Even though I won’t be at my hometown shindig, I have to get my fix somewhere.  I hope that you have a great 4th of July – celebrate by eating BEEF!

Yours in travel,
The Asphalt Cowgirl

“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” –Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux

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