What a day!
It was HOT! Like 100 degrees hot.
But I didn't care. I braved the heat! I tool our Light Rail to the next town called Folsom. It was the 54th Annual Folsom Rodeo. I so didn't want to fight traffic and find a place to park, etc. So I decided to take Light Rail. I like Light Rail. They do all the driving and I just sit back and relax. That's nice!
So off I go. It was about 6:30pm and the Rodeo started at 7:00pm. I figure it would take about 20 minutes to get there. Even though it was UPHILL all the way.
Then I double checked the timetable about getting back home. Oh NO!!!!! The last train left at 7:09pm. How could I have overlooked this wrinkle? I was so screwed! Really. That is so not me. What happened? How am I going to get home? I totally freaked. Then I remembered that I had a friend that was going as well. Luckily she would give me a ride back to my car. Whew! Crisis averted, I can enjoy the rest of the night.
Then off I go on my walk to the Rodeo Arena. I walk UP Sutter Street which is still in the old time west tradition. Quaint stores and some restaurants. You really feel like it's 100+ years ago. It's all up hill alright. I get the end (about 4 blocks) and I ask a passerby if the Rodeo Arena nearby. "Are you walking?" he asks. Well, ah, yes. You have LONG walk ahead of you. Oh no, no, no. Did I do it again? Well no help for it so just keep walking. Another 3 blocks then turn right for two more blocks then turn left for 3 more blocks. UPHILL! It's 100 degrees. By the time I got the Arena I was WET!
But there I am. I am so excited.
I found my seat. It was concrete. Yes Concrete. Not even smooth concrete. It was rocky. If you put your hand down it scraped it. But it was a seat. The even was totally sold out. People everywhere.
I drank my water bottle in 3 seconds flat. So off to get a soda now. I get back and there is someone sitting in my seat.
Me: Sir, I believe that is my seat.
Mr.: Yeah well I am sitting here now.
Me: But that is MY seat. It says so right here on my ticket.
Mr.: Well you can find another seat. I am sitting here (grins).
Me: (Staring at him in disbelief) Well I need to sit there. So you need to move.
Mr.: Well you can sit there.
Me: (Wimp that I am) I sit down and hope no one challenges me.
So the Rodeo started. It was fun. The sun finally bowed down on the horizon and there were bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing.
Sorry for the fuzzyness but they went by pretty quick.
Then my battery started dying and well that was it for the photos.
But I do need to tell you about the little mutton chop kids. They were so cute. They were between 6 and 8 years old and they had to ride a sheep.
This one little girl hung on for dear life. She even won! Yeah for all the little girls out there.
Then there were the swearing in of about 20 cadets into the Marine Corps. God bless them. I shed a tear.
Then came the Motocross. I didn't think I would like that very much. Boy was I wrong. That was COOOOLLLL!!!! Yep it was exciting. I felt like I was at an Evil Kneivel event. They were very exciting.
Then came the AWESOME fireworks. That was too cool.
I found my friend and she game me a ride to my car. What a night. A really nice 4th of July.