Asphalt Cowgirl June

Last month was an extreme example in travel. Here’s a brief recap of all that happened!
The first week of June I was on Maui for a work conference. Tough gig, I know. I think I would like Hawaii better when it is February in Montana, though. It’s awfully hard to beat a Montana June! Here’s the view from my room.

While others had beach and pool plans, I was a true ag nerd and went to the sugar museum, where I learned a bunch about sugarcane farming – here’s a nice field of it.

We went to Iao Valley State Park and hiked around their loop, where we saw the Needle in all its elevated glory.

The second week of June I attended the Montana Stockgrowers Association midyear meeting in Miles City. A fine parade was held on Saturday morning, including this set of steers near the lead.

The third week of June I was at Ag Lenders Range School hosted by the Voldseth family near Martinsdale. It was beautiful after the rain quit, and we got to tour a wind farm. I stepped down as the Extension representative on the range school board, and those wonderful folks were kind enough to get me a plaque as a parting gift. 

The last week of June I was…is this starting to sound like a strange summer version of the Twelve Days of Christmas?
Anyways, the last week of June I was in San Angelo, TX, advising my academic quadrathlon team for the regional contest. The academic quadrathlon is a 4-part animal science contest for undergraduates, consisting of a comprehensive written exam, an impromptu oral presentation, a hands-on lab practicum, and a double elimination quiz bowl tournament. And MSU won!! Second year in a row!! Back-to-back champions!! Here is our team photo, plus a few action shots from the lab practicum section. The students and I will be traveling to the national contest in Kansas City in July.

While in San Angelo, we got to tour the Rocking Chair Ranch and take in the scenery around the area. 

You may have seen painted ponies in other downtown areas? They ain’t got nothing on the San Angelo sheep.

I hope you all had a fabulous Independence Day holiday weekend!

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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