Clicking the pics will give you an insight into team roping.
Congress Arizona in the sunset.
I moseyed into Wickenburg today, did a little grocery shopping, and spent half a day watching Cowboys and Cowgirls at a Team Roping practice. It's not that I like horses all that much, and it's not that I understand all the nuances of team roping because I don't. It's the people there, the ranchers and Cowboys, that are some of the finest folks you will ever run into, and I enjoy being around them.
I was looking on the Internet today and found out that there's a big Hot Rod car show in Laughlin, Nevada, next weekend; the Tropicana Casino is hosting it, and if I remember correctly, the Trop has boondocking in one of their parking lots, so with any luck maybe I could stay right there where the hot rods are. Also, Laughlin is only about 200 miles from me if I go through Lake Havasu, so I could stop in Havasu and rest up for a couple of days before I finish the trip into Laughlin and make it there by Friday.
It sounds like fun to me. That weekend will be Halloween weekend, and the casinos always do something interesting for Halloween. And with all the Hot Rod guys around they'll be plenty of people I can talk cars with.
Yes being a ropee steer is not the greatest job in the world, it does require getting yanked around a lot, but it sure beats having a very brief career as a whopper at Burger King.
I missed the main event, but there was still a dozen or so old-timers practicing their skills, I guess they rope in the senior events. Actually missing the contest worked out great for me because watching these folks practice, I was able to walk anywhere and get any picture I wanted without being in the way of anything important.
When you get too old or too busted-up to participate in team roping anymore, you can always ride the fence and regale your fellow fencers with stories of your past championships, the girls you lost, and the horses you loved.
All the Ropers I saw here today were a little long in the tooth, and more than a few looked like they weighed only slightly less than their horse. But despite that these are people of the land, and some of the best folks you would ever want to know.