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A NICE STAY

Yesterday was a chores day, the washing, shopping, getting ready to move to a new location. Nogales has been a nice stay and I went over some of my pictures, thinking how much I’ve enjoyed Southern Arizona. The old 1914 Courthouse (above) where we happened upon the Arizona Rangers. I took this picture of their beautiful chandelier.

And the museum had so much to see.

Indian artifacts were very prominent here. Basket making is always done with materials at hand. The docent told us that devils claw is used to make the contrasting dark color in the baskets. When someone asked how they used such prickly materials for weaving, she said the people pull the strands through there teeth to remove the stickers. Kind of makes you appreciate those baskets a bit more.

The Indians originally had cotton. They didn’t get wool until the Spanish came with sheep. But, they had colorful clothing and beautiful blankets either way.

Into Nogales, Sonora, the fun goods and some practical goods as well. These tiles are beautiful.

There is a story I once heard about the popularity and meaning of the skeleton figure in hispanic cultures, but I’ve forgotten it.

Then those exciting bucking broncos of a few days back.

It gives your heart a tumble if the rider goes flying off that bronc.

All the riders get tossed off the bulls. Bigger, bulkier, more muscles.  More danger. They now wear helmets for bull riding.

We are parked on top of a hill at a VFW.

We had a lovely breeze every day and a view of the city lights each night.

Jim fixed my bike’s flat tire. I picked up a thorn my last day in San Xaviar. I couldn’t ride here, anyway. The hill is super steep.

Standing at the edge of the driveway, you are unable to see the bottom of the hill. If was an interesting pull up with the motor home and Bronco. We never get our fill of Mexican food, but we try.  Yesterday, after the laundry, we ate at a small  family owned restaurant called El Zarape right across the main drag from us. I ordered a combination plate, something I rarely do, but the enchilada sauce was unique. Obviously home made. The chicken taco had an unusual spice I couldn’t identify. Hey, I like it that way. Surprise me.

Today, we’ll move to Patagonia State Park.  Everyone says it is beautiful.

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TUSCON PARADE AND RODEO

Tuscon has the longest non-motorized parade in the world. It’s all horse-flesh and bands. Everyone walks or rides a horse or something pulled by a horse.

We don’t know the various schools or anybody in the parade, but everyone loves a parade, right?

Parades are always colorful.

It’s not everyday you get to paint your mule’s hooves to match your clothes.  Aren’t they pretty in pink?

I don’t know my horse breeds well enough to know what they all were, but I recognized quarter horses, percherons, clydesdales, thoroughbreds, palominos, and paints; there were many others and  quite a show.

People watching is always part of the show and this little guy did everything he could to make his mother mad. He had it down to an art and I got a kick out of watching his mischief, but, of course, his mother was not very happy with him.

Later in the day, we attended the Tuscon Rodeo, touted as one of the best western rodeos in the nation. They attract riders from Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, California, Colorado, Washington and probably others.

The bronc riding was exciting and dangerous as anyone can see. They have to stay on for 8 seconds. And, they can only hold on with one hand. There are rules about how they  hold their feet as well.

It takes great skill and practice. Then, getting them off the bucking bronco is another challenge since the bronc doesn’t hold still while he dismounts. A good many get bucked off as you can imagine.

Bronc riding comes from the old days of catching wild horses and taming them  to accept a rider.

The next event was single calf roping. The rider has to rope the calf, dismount and tie three of the calf’s legs. The horse (trained by the cow puncher) has to hold the calf steady for six seconds before the event is finished. This is a skill from when calves were branded on  the open range.

Then, double calf roping is even harder.  The idea is for one to rope the neck the other to rope the back legs and make short work of getting it on the ground for a brand.

The bull riding is the most exciting and the most dangerous. These guys are often tossed in two or three seconds.

The rider must hold on with one hand only. They don’t get very far from the chute. The announcer kept saying, “I don’t know what they get paid, but it ain’t enough!”

This bull was bucking inside the chute and the rider barely got out.

The final event for the day was women’s barrel racing. They have to make it from the starting point, circle three barrels and then hell-bent for leather back to the gate.  I took a lot of pictures and will load them tomorrow if you want to see them. I did a very short, maybe six second video of the barrel racing you can see by clicking on the link below.

http://youtu.be/y93J35KvM10

And, people watching is part of the deal, too. I liked her earring-on her!

Parade and Rodeo pictures: https://picasaweb.google.com/106530979158681190260/2012223ParadeRodeo

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