Friday, May 27, 2011

Montana Flooding- Yellowstone River

May 23, 2011
Checking out the Yellowstone River flooding in Miles City, Montana with friends!

High waters of the Yellowstone River sneak closer to the bank tops

Whirlpools scattered through the raging river
Woodrow wanted to go swimming at one point
but I assured him that was a bad idea & I would not save him.

Brit & Tiff being beautiful
Thank you to tour guide, Robert for showing us around
& being the group photographer.

Bright idea to get their picture in a the water. one fell in but Brit did get a tick :)

Flood waters creepy closer from every direction
Sheep Camp ~ residents don't seem concerned about rising waters

Mother & Child
Beautiful Tiffany watching the baby lambs

We went from looking at cute baby lambs to being scared for our lives.
Following pictures are taken outside of Miles City. Banks have washed out in spots.
Farmers are scrambling to secure remaining bank & save their places.
It was scary!

Bank has washed out & flooded out across.

Loads of dirt are being brought in by the dump truck load to reinforce the bank.
Followed by a CAT pushing things into place.

Owner said It is like trying to stop a Mad Bull with a Fly Swatter.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the flooding.

On my drive home, I had my own run in with the flood water about 50 miles before Livingston.
Cruising along about 75 miles an hour. Pretty soon there is a guy with a sign saying slow & a 35mph sign! THIS IS WHAT I SAW IN FRONT OF ME!

Had to drive through Water on the Interstate!
It was about 50 yards across, pretty deep & running fast!
You could feel it pushing against my lil' car! Pretty Wild!

Thank you for traveling the Gypsy Trail with me today.
Happy Memorial Weekend!

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Miles City Bucking Horse Sale: WET and WILD!

"There are short cuts to happiness and dancing is one of them!"
~ Vicki Baum

Jordan Valley Big Loop is canceled......Bummed for about 30 minutes!
When life gives you lemons....have a lemon drop!

YAY! Headed to Montana for the 2011 MILES CITY BUCKING HORSE SALE!

What a great weekend! It was WET & WILD! The horses bucked!
When the cowboys rode it was awesome and when they didn' was even cooler!

Here are a few pics from the AMAZING MATCH BRONC RIDING!!!!
(Literally, no pictures from the 1st section of horses because I was so excited and just kept saying THIS IS AWESOME!)

Long walk back to the chutes after an NFR Bronc rider takes a dive in the deep end of the mud puddle. I would've taken a picture sooner but I was laughing so hard I just couldn't ;)

Visiting with some new friends while we waited for the Short Go!
Super fun! I said to one of the little boys..."Wow, you're a handful!"
He shoots back "You're a handful!"
Smiling, I replied, "Yes, yes I am"
(You can't argue with the truth:)

CONGRATULATIONS to 2001 MATCH Bronc Riding Champion

(Bad photo, horse wasn't fully extended yet. James turned his toes out & got to the front end)

I got to see LUNATIC FRINGE!!!!!

Getting a pic with BEAUTIFUL Brittani Brusett before the Wild Horse Race!
Love her! Thanks for a great weekend!!!!

Yes, it was as fun to watch as it looks!
Don't worry, no one actually drowned


We made our way down town to the dance Saturday night. Fun Havers packed streets dancing and a warm steady rain coming down all night!

It was a night straight out of the movies!

A few things that made us giggle! (Literally, we laughed until our stomachs hurt!)

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thankful for TIME

"In the maze of Life, I've learned to be Thankful when plans change and things don't work out as I've had planned. Just the Lord's way of telling me that was a not your path and something better is in store" ~ Rose Morgan

This statement got the wheels turning this morning. So blessed! Sometimes in life I make plans or decisions ....and sometimes....everything just doesn't pan out the way I thought it should. What a blessing! Looking back at many of those forks in the road or even minor detours....They were exactly what I needed. The journey would strengthen and prepare me for the blessings waiting but that path was the only way I could reach them.

Thankful for all the blessings in my life!
Thankful for Answered Prayers & Unanswered Prayers :)

Some one once said there are only 2 answers to a prayer:
  1. Yes
  2. I have something better in mind
Just wanted to take a moment and count a few of my many blessings!

Yesterday morning I was busy packing for the Jordan Valley Big Loop rodeo when I received word that it had been canceled for this weekend. I'm not going to lie, a brief panic set in. I could feel my stomach start to knot just thinking about all the time & money invested into going to trade show. What where we going to do ......? My mind was on the verge of running away with me.

I had to stop myself and listen to that still small voice. What a blessing. The Lord has prepared this day for you and it is your opportunity to enjoy all the blessings laid out in front of you.

Here are a few of the blessings I received yesterday.
  • I am thankful that I had time to run a shovel! Nothing like a lil' sweat running down your brow to clear your mind.
  • Thankful I had time to plant trees and dig a small irrigation ditch to them
  • Thankful for Regg and all his help cleaning up my yard
  • Thankful for a place to be able to put my dog where he can enjoy the sunshine
  • Thankful for all the projects that I was able to finish and the cleaning that would've been put off until after the Big Loop.
  • Thankful for dinner with my Aunt & Uncle Durham! Thank you for dinner
  • Thankful for having time to visit with my neighbors, the Thompson's. Truly blessed with the wisdom gained by time spent with them.
These are just a few of the many blessing that I received yesterday. The biggest blessing was that of time. It was given to me and I had the choice if I would embrace it or spend my day moaping. Thankful for all the blessing flooding into my life!

Thank you for taking the time to read and travel this trail with me.
Enjoy all the blessings the Lord has prepared for you today!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Rodeo in the FreightShaker

Attempting to take a picture with my awesome ride for the weekend.

The Freightliner

Also kindly refered to as the FreightShaker!

Hello! I feel like it's been an eternity since I've sat down to write. Been on the rodeo trails the last few weeks.

From earlier posts you already know that I tried my hand at horse fighting last week. It was fine and I walked it off. Well, a few days after I woke up and it hurt worse than it had the night of, sore all the way up my hip and hurt right down to the bone. It got so bad one day I went down to an ol neighbors and got some dmso to put on it. (For the record...that will burn for over an hour. Not sure if it helps or the burning is just so bad that you monentarily forget about the reason you hurt in the 1st place)

If I keep moving it's not to bad but sleeping at night or driving anywhere....not awesome!

No big deal but there is a change in the plan.

*Plan for about 1 year: Take the stock to the Leadore Highschool Rodeo
(1 and a half hours away)

*3 days before New Plan: Semi truck load needs taken to Leadore. Regg will go to Leadore.

Now I will be doing the highschool rodeo in Burley. (3 hours away)

Ok, I will admit....I was more than slightly concerned about how I was going to sucessfully drive to this rodeo ....& be able to walk once I got there. The boss didn't think it would be a problem.

Friday morning I load up in the Freightliner head down the great American highway. I only drive the Freightliner a few times a year...and for me it is NOT like riding a bike. I have to re-learn how to drive everytime. Upon request, the boss gives me a quick run through of all the big buttons on the dash....lights, windshield wipers, jake brake, ect.

Soon Woodrow & I are rolling down the road in style. Shifting up to my top gears and making our way down the road. Aside from the fact that driving a semi takes YEARS off my life....small cars pulling out in front of you, darting over, slamming on their brakes...ect. Don't get me wrong, I don't have any big plans for being 193 years old but I'm afraid the truck driving is taking the years off the this side of the years instead of the others.

Good news, the truck is big and roomy. The big captains chairs don't touch the seat...heck my foot doesn't even touch the floor. I have plenty of room to stretch my leg as I drive too. The only time I have to use that leg is if I need the clutch. (So long as I hit my gears ok I should be good. On the offside chance that I get flustered in construction in Pocatello & have to start again from 1st gear...I would have to use the clutch ;)

Burley, Idaho is the 1st stop on this tour! Bucking horses pasturing on the lush green grass of the rodeo grounds infield! I even got pulled in through all the gates with out any wrecks! (Yes, I consider that an accomplishment. A plus of being un-handy :) You are easily pleased.

Thank you to Jerry Zollinger for driving over to help me gather & load.

On the road again! Jerry leads me through the easiest route out of town. Which happened to be through this residential area. Lots of shifting up, down, and stopping. Good practice for me :) We made it out of the big town of Burley alive and rolled up the road to Oakley, Idaho.

I even backed in at Oakley! It took a few times & some coaching in the big rig but I got it there. By now my leg is getting slightly agitated with me. I considered letting a glistening tear roll down my cheek every time I had to push in on the clutch :) but no worries. I took the management position....& had Jerry drive to the feedlot of to get the bulls.

Weather wasn't perfect but it sure was a rodeo permitting!
Blue skies and sunshine circled right above the areana as black dark clouds watered the surrounding area!

It was a new group of horses and rodeo kids for me to learn because I hadn't been down to that district for a long time. Horses bucked good and the a nice group of kids.

Favorite line of the weekend:

Standing on the chute about one timed event run away from bucking our 1st bronc horse. The bronc rider turns to me and asks

"What kind of average should I give this horse?" He was his hand held out in a fist with his thumb out.

Ok, it is the first of the rodeo season and I am a little rusty. I just stand there and stare. I'm not sure what this nice young man is trying to ask me.

(Does he want to know what reign to give the horse? or Does he want to know what an average is? or ....I don't know....what he is trying to ask.

Luckily one of his friends says to him... You just asked her what kind of an average to give.

That breaks the silence

I reply, with my hand in a fist & thumb out....that Yes, an average should be fine.

...and also if he's going to ask trick questions he needs to give me warning so I don't give him that puzzled look. :)

Thank you to everyone who helped make the rodeo a sucess! I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you to the Todd Carpenter family & Jerry Zollinger family! Thank you to bullfighters Justin & Allen- team players all weekend! Thank you to Broden Mathews, Jess and everyone who helped make the weekend a success!

Thank you do much to the Oakley Highschool Rodeo for allowing us to come rodeo with you.

Thank you to Hoggan Rodeo for the oppurtunity to rodeo!

Visit Hoggan Rodeo to see a full rodeo schedule for the summer of 2011

Thank you for traveling the Trail with me today.

Nothing to wild and crazy, just tales from an unhandy girl.

Thankful for all the amazing people I have the oppurtunity to work with.

Have a great week!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Senior Pictures: Mary Frances Small

Yesterday I received a phone call to do something I'd never done before.
I accepted the task and prepared to receive the blessings that were being prepared for me.

THANK YOU so much to Mary Frances Small for the opportunity to take your Senior Pictures.
It was truly an honor to spend the day with such a beautiful young lady!

Here are a few of my favorites from the day!

So blessed to be able to photograph a beautiful young lady in such gorgeous country!
Thank you for traveling the Gypsy Trail with me today!
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