YeeHa. This is Texas baby.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Today we continued north through Texas to Fort Worth (about 30 miles west of Dallas). Why are we here? For one reason: RODEO!

After nine days in the lone star state, today i finally get to see the Texas stereotypes i have been craving. Up until this point i have not seen anyone wearing a cowboy hat or boots and not a single sole has slapped their thigh while screaming YeeHa. Five minutes inside the Fort Worth Rodeo and Stock show and all my dreams would come true. In fact the bloke sitting in front of us was all i needed, as he had a massive white hat, very fetching boots and screamed "Yee Haa you betcha" when the announcer commented on how seeing the star spangled banner under a spotlight always brings a tear to his eye.

So with that out of the way I could sit back and enjoy the show. We had pretty good seats at the end of the arena where the bucking broncos and bull riders come out. Not only did we get to see some pretty pissed off bulls and horses trying to throw people off their backs; we also saw Calf Roping, Chuck wagon racing, Steer wrestling and team roping. Basically is you can think of a way to get a cow on the ground then its an event. To be honest I don't think Rodeo is the sport for me. The animals never seem to win, and i sense i would have enjoyed it more had at least one human taken a kick to the head. In my defense I actually think the locals were kind of hoping for the same thing.

After the rodeo we wandered around the stock show where you get to see all the animals up close and personal. Every farmer from the local area has brought their finest beast to see who has the sexiest animal. Others are up for sale. This was actually pretty interesting as they had information you could read about each of the breeds. I learned how a chickens egg is formed and that the difference between a pig and hog is it's weight. Once a pig reaches a weight of 120 pounds it's consider a hog. Can't wait for that question to come up at the pub quiz.

In the evening we met up with another of Leslie's old school friends Ashley and her husband Tim. I'm starting to suspect that Les has a friend in every state. They took us to one of their favorite local BBQ restaurants "Woodshed Smokehouse". I felt a little guilty ordering the beef ribs after making so many cow friends at the Rodeo today, but who needs friends when they taste so good.

~C 
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