Geoff and I celebrated our 9 month anniversary by attending Cheyenne Frontier Days (more like we realized it after we had purchased our tickets). The rodeo claims to be “the Daddy of ’em all” and I think that’s definitely true. They had excellent roughstock, hardly any of the bull riders lasted 8 seconds and some great bucking horses. It was the opening day of the rodeo, and they have slack during the day, so I don’t think it was the best of everyone who entered, but it was still fun to watch!
Additionally, the announcer prayed before the rodeo began, they were definitely loyal to the troops and the woman who sang the National Anthem was the best I’ve ever heard (she and her husband put on Sunday Cowboy Church and is the sister of Reba McIntire). The Wyoming Senator was in attendance and when the announcer asked him what he’s been doing in Washington, the Senator replied, “I tell them to leave us alone.”
They also have a “Frontier Town” which consists of some shops selling Western things be it saddles, decor, or pony rides. Dodge RAM was a huge supporter and they set up a track where they gave people rides over some logs, up a huge dirt hill and over some whoops. They were giving out free t-shirts so of course we did it.
After the rodeo, we hung around town until the Alan Jackson concert. I have to say, it was really really good. Probably one of the best concerts I’ve been to. Randy Houser opened and he was great as well. I think what Geoff and I most liked about Alan Jackson was:
- He’s been around for a long time and had over 30 #1 hits
- He isn’t like other artists that try to get you cheering or singing parts of the song. His exact words were: “We’re gonna play some music. You can drink, dance, cheer or whatever… I don’t care.”
- He doesn’t change guitars or outfits or talk between every song, he just pulls up a stool and starts playing
Sunday, we tried another church in the morning and then hiked Horsetooth Rock in the afternoon. It was a 5 mile roundtrip hike and took us a little over 2 hours. It was pretty hot, but worth the scramble at the end for the view.
The picture above is the west view, towards the Rockies. The picture below is the east view, towards the town of Fort Collins and the Horsetooth Resevoir. As you can see in the bottom picture, it was a bit of rock climbing to get to the top.
Sunday night, we went to the movies to see Despicable Me 2. I think I laughed more than the kid sitting next to Geoff. If you haven’t seen it, go. It’s worth it and super funny.
Monday after work we decided to try some mountain biking. We haven’t gone in Fort Collins yet and there are a lot of trails around, but they are all multi-use trails. Most of them are pretty wide and we had some issues finding one that was easy enough for me. But we talked to a guy on the trail and he pointed us in the right direction to Pineridge. It was almost too easy, like riding on a gravel road, but then we ended up finding a singletrack some rocks and roots.
That’s it for today! We’re hoping to visit the New Belgium brewery tonight or tomorrow.