Are these cowboys for real?

Trip Start Aug 04, 2012
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Trip End Aug 24, 2012


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Sunday, August 12, 2012

After a lovely sleep in our lovely wee cabin we woke up and started the day with a kids train journey round the campsite. The train was homemade ie made out of used beer barrels and was trailed around the site via a golf buggy. Mum had the pleasure of sitting up front with elodie next to the driver who used that same old line...."youre never a granny", quick maw you've pulled! After a successful train journey the momo/schmidts made our way to see the west side of the canyon. Here everything is run by native Indians. Once at the top of the canyon we heard live music and dance from the natives (btw rowan had a beyonce shake to the native drums!), We walked around a display village which showcased various teepees and sweathouses inwhich the natives had built and would live in. It was cool to see because you could go inside teeny weeny tiny houses made out of branches and mud and then full size rooms made out the same! Clever clever people! After getting our groove onto native music and wandering in and out the village we made our way to the skywalk!! The skywalk is a horse shoe located 4000ft above the ground....and a 13second drop to the canyon. The views from the skywalk are amazing! Unfortunately tho no photographs are allowed on top of the skywalk. Basically I think it’s so everybody buys the professional photos because they cannot take their own. The floor of the horse shoe is see-through glass and so is the fence round. Therefore you do literally feel like you are floating above the canyon. Since turning the old age of 20 I have developed a fear of heights when I’ve been on a ladder so I thought the skywalk was going to be terrifying but all I had to deal with was tingly toes...it was easy peasy and a lot of fun! At one point Natalie and I sat on the glass flooring sending shivers down maws back!! We elodie crawled her way round to the end much to the amusement of the Chinese tourists!! It was scary seeing wee doodie crawling round because I thought somehow she'd slip thru a gap in the flooring because she's so tottie!!!
From the Skywalk we made our way to a cowboy ranch. Here we were to witness a cowboy village with real cowboys!!....we'll that’s what we thought before arriving but we soon realised that we were to be met by a set and a bunch of cowboys shooting tourists! As we walked into the ranch we played with the m'animals as rowan puts it and then made our way into the courtyard. The courtyard was set up with a diner, bank, jail, hairdressers and horses house. You could walk round these take photos and have drinks in the diner and walking around were some cowboys. However after about 5minutes wandering in the courtyard we soon realised we had walked into a joke of a town. The cowboys had cap guns and were shooting the tourists as they made their way round the village. For example one lady got shot for taking a picture outside the bank……rowan and arno got shot at because rowan was wearing stripes and therefore got shot because he looked like he’d stepped out of jail and arno got shot at again because he took rowan up to the hangman’s noose. It was hilarious as I’m pretty sure these men were real cowboys but spent their days shooting un expecting tourists with caps. The village was great but I did wander round scared I was going to get a "cap in my ass"!!

After mingling with cowboys we headed on a 6hr drive to Pahrump which is a small village located between Vegas and Death Valley. The name itself is defo’s a winner! Phahaha! Another great day…weve seen the canyon north , south, east and west! Onto the valley tomorrow. Laters petaters!

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