Finding the inner cowboy in us

Trip Start Jun 14, 2013
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Trip End Sep 17, 2013


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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

We made it to Estes Park, Colorado in time for the annual parade. Armed with coffees and cinnamon buns we watched the many Rodeo Queens wave graciously to the onlookers. It was like any other small town Alberta parade, which was a nice feeling.
Rod was in need of a haircut and after trying to get in to one of the Main Street hairdressers, were advised to try the barber up the hill, behind the red door. The shop was only 8 feet wide and maybe 20 feet long. It looked like it had been there for eons! The barbers inside were probably in their late 70s or early 80s and were true gentlemen. The barber chairs were old and authentic. I had to stay and watch the haircut, as it fascinated me, but I realise that this was probably against the rules. In the chair beside Rod a man from California was having his weekly haircut. We found out that this man was to be the rodeo announcer for the Rooftop Rodeo later that night. Turns out the oldest barber is a bit of a legend. Apparently his grandson has been the starting quarterback at K State University for the past 3 years (he has the signed pictures on the wall to prove it).
We went to the rodeo. It was the first night of 5. It was a PRCA rodeo, so it was of a high standard. The clown was really funny and the venue was excellent. We were reminded of how patriotic Americans are during the opening ceremony. It was a neat experience to witness the singing of their national anthem with no lead singer, or no music over the p.a system, pretty powerful really.
We had a bit of a sleep in on the second day and went on a 3 hour ( 9 mile) trail ride in Rocky Mountain National Park in the afternoon. We circled around Moraine Park and Beaver
Meadows. Great scenery and the smell of the wild flowers, especially the wild roses, will linger a bit longer in my memory.
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