An Asphalt Cowgirl in the Land of Enchantment

Wow…time flies when you’re having fun.  It’s been some time since I had a new post!  I spent a great few days in southern New Mexico on my Labor Day vacation, where I got caught up with graduate school friends, was so far south the Mexican border was to my east, watched the richest Quarter Horse race in America, gave a guest seminar as an alumnus of the NMSU Animal and Range Sciences Department, spent an evening at Chope’s with great friends old and new, and saw how much all the little kids had grown since last year. 

Here’s Breylin – he grew a lot since last year, and has mastered the art of scanning the horizon with his binoculars.  He sees bears, mostly.

New Mexico isn’t Big Sky Country, but here’s an example of their version.

Here comes the post parade for the All-American Futurity.

This is Ochoa – he won the race.  Did I win money, you ask?  No. I got a sunburn and lost money, so I continued my many-year Labor Day tradition in Ruidoso.

But do you know the best part of my trip?  Picking up with friends I hadn’t seen for years like we’d never missed a day.

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

NashVegas Air, a North Dakota Honey Bear, and the Eastern Montana Fair

A couple weeks ago, I got the amazing opportunity to attend the AgChat Foundation’s Agvocacy 2.0 conference in Nashville, TN.  I got to meet so many people I “knew” through social media and now have some more great friendships.  It was a little humid for this Montana girl, but I so enjoyed my time in “NashVegas” – the opportunity to visit the Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Grand OleOpry, not to mention Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and all the other great places on Broadway.

One of my new friends, Katie Pinke (Pinke Post is her blog), traded me some North Dakota honey for a Montana huckleberry brownie mix, with the stipulation that I use the honey in a blog post, like maybe in a recipe.  Which is a great idea, but I got back to Montana on Wednesday evening, and the Eastern Montana Fair in Miles City started Thursday.  With fair food around, who’s going to cook?!  So I decided the honey bear should take in the fair, too.

On Thursday, I announced and clerked the 4-H horse show.  The honey bear supervised my paperwork as we were getting started.

He was also most impressed with the beautiful ribbons we gave the kids rewarding their hard work.

And here he is, supervising me during the steer show on Friday.

It was so hot at our fair that the honey bear requested he stay home for the remainder of the weekend.  Actually, I got lazy and quit hauling a honey bear around in my satchel! 

I’m headed to New Mexico for my annual Labor Day vacation – stay tuned for future posts about my trip! 

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