Cowboy phrases are awesome. This one in particular referred to a rodeo cowgirl that currently works horses and cattle with a torn ACL – and, well, I’d have to agree. She’s tougher than a woodpecker’s beak!
Picture a springtime desert – rolling hills and mesas are turning green and purple, if only for a short time after the April rains. You’re driving out of a backcountry draw down a makeshift dirt road with signs that say “Drive at your own risk” and you look behind to see a group of people on pack horses going down a mesa into the draw. That was yesterday.
Granted, they were just geocaching. But that’s par for the course. Literally. These students are taking a for-credit class at the college for Packing and Outfitting. Right now, they’re preparing for a week long backcountry trip. So, yesterday, they were learning how outfit their kitchen and do some backcountry cooking – and I got to assist and be a “professional taste tester,” aka free ribs and dutch oven cooked peach cobbler.
I’m constantly impressed with the diverse course load we are able to offer at this small college. I can’t even fathom UCF having something even remotely like this. I remember thinking my ornithology class was the best thing that could have ever existed (but – that’s not to say it wasn’t!)
Fast forward to the evening:
As the Rodeo Team finishes up their season, they held an honor’s banquet if you will – but it was a formal cowboy occasion so they all dressed up in their best cowboy hats, intricate leather belts, and fanciest of boots. Every student on the team was recognized with heartfelt speeches delivered by the coaches – even past students were recognized as they showed up to support their alma mater. Being that this is also a fundraising event for the them, raffles and auctions took up the latter half of the evening – and, being the raffle champion I am, I scored a rodeo cap and sweatshirt. And! More ribs were had, so all-in-all, it was a pretty fantastic day.
Today, Gillam’s Draw whispered my name as I took the dogs to the lake, so we took a brief hike. I love this place.