Lots of fun in Texas

Trip Start Dec 27, 2010
Trip End Jan 16, 2011

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Today was a fun day in Texas, just how I imagined Texas would be.
We had a leisurely morning and a nice lunch cooked by Nicola'a dad, and the leftovers from the Traildust the night before (sooooo much food) which tasted just as good the next day.
We then went out shopping in some big old Texas hat and boot stores which was amazing. There were so many different styles of cowboy boots. There were snakeskin boots, alligator boots, black boots with chains...so many awesome boots! I unfortunately didn't buy any boots because the two that I liked were a few hundred bucks a pair! Nik managed to find some cool leopard print boots though. I did find a cowboy hat that I liked though so me and Nik bought cowboy hats for the rodeo we were going to later at night.
We then headed out to the Fort Worth Stockyards. This area could be re-named 'The Awesome district' because...well, it was awesome! It looked like an old west town. There were saloons with the swinging doors out front, there were horses in the street, there were steakhouses galore...essentially this place looked like Texas.
After visiting a genuine old-time souvenir shop and purchasing some more crap to weigh our already overweight luggage down even more, we went to a saloon-steakhouse for some dinner. This place was great. There were buffalo heads on the wall and it had the friendliest atmosphere ever. We ordered some beer which came in huuuuuge goldfish bowl style glasses, and I ordered the fried catfish for my meal. It was another amazing meal. I was hoping to try some catfish while I was in Texas so I'm glad I got my chance.

After our meal, we mosied on down to the arena for the rodeo. We lined up for a while before we realised we were in the queue for contestants. Oooops...nearly ended up as a rodeo clown.
The championship rodeo was held in an indoor arena which was awesome. I could buy my Texan beer from a guy selling it in the stands, didn't have to move from my seat all night.

First up, there was some bull-riding which was really entertaining. That was all good fun to watch, especially when the bull hit one of the rodeo clowns and his head came right off. I hadn't noticed that one of the clowns was just a dummy propped up in the middle of the arena and for a moment there, I thought my video footage may have been needed for the coroner's report.

After the bull riding, it was time for some cattle rustling. They had little calves running across the arena while each cowboy contestant tried to lasso and hog-tie the poor little things. This part of the show actually really put a dampner on things for me. I felt quite uncomfortable watching the poor little animals getting yanked over by the ropes, especially when one broke it's leg, and then not long after, it looked like another one had it's neck broken (luckily this one just had the wind knocked out of it and it eventually got up and groggily walked off OK). I ended up going for a walk around at this point and checked out the rodeo shop, and got my photo taken with a Texas Ranger. Those cops have the coolest uniform...like Johnny Cash, all black!
The rodeo continued with more bull-riding, time trials, and a few games for the kids. That was amusing. They had all the kids from the arena go into the ring and they released a little tiny bull with a tag on it. The kids all chased the bull around trying to get the tag off. Later they had another event for the really yound kids (7 and under) where they chased a big wooly sheep around. That looked pretty funny. Near the end of the night, me and Nik's daughter Ally went and spoke to the girl who raced around the arena on her horse holding up various advertisment flags during the rodeo. When she heard that we were from Australia she said, 'Wow, you're from where Steve Irwin and Keith Urban come from!' Yep, just around the corner from them. 

So on our last full day in Texas, we had a great time. I would definitely come back to Texas again.  
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