Deep in Western culture, and loving it!
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We had three things on our agenda for today; The Rodeo Hall of Fame, The Pioneer Museum, and a chuckwagon dinner at the Flying W Ranch. But our first order of business was breakfast. As the only thing that had a specific deadline to it today was the chuckwagon dinner, we decided for a leisurely, sit down breakfast at the Manitou Pancake and Steakhouse. The name sounds redneck, but the food was great. We had our fill, took our time, and then made our way to the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
I have been to a few rodeos, but as they were mostly county fair types, my only experience with the men that were honored here came from the movies or TV. The movie 8 Seconds, a biopic about bull rider Lane Frost, came out a couple of years before. It was one of Margo’s favorite movies.
It was a bit disappointed with the inside of the museum. It didn’t seem to have “enough”. I thought it was a little on the sparse side. But, it was still OK. That had displays outside as well. Our favorite was a hands on display with a lariat and a roping practice steer. The girls I each took a turn trying to rope the plastic cow. No luck. I only tried a couple times, and then gave it up before I embarrassed myself.
Deciding we had seen all that we were interested in we decided to head over to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. The
I did a terrible job of taking pictures inside the museum. I don’t recall if they were prohibited or not. But the only shots I got were from the outside. It was around 1:30 by the time we finished up at the
Our final stop of the day was the Flying W Ranch. The Flying W is real working cattle ranch that about 40 years prior had decided to branch out into the entertainment business. They dedicated a portion of their gorgeous foothill ranch to construct an old west style village, plus a stage, and outdoor dining area. Visitors spend the mid and late afternoon wandering around the village and visiting the various buildings. Then they close the village down at 7:15 and start serving a chuckwagon style dinner promptly at 7:30 PM.
That is exactly what we did.
A Chuckwagon dinner is a western themed meal based on what an old west cowboy would have/might have eaten while on a cattle drive. Traditionally it would have beef, beans, and some sort of bread for certain. Other additions might be coleslaw, corn on the cob, baked potato, lemonade, coffee, and some sort of dessert. It varies from place to place. But, in my experience the food is usually decent, and the atmosphere great. The Flying W was no exception. They had recently added chicken to their menu, as not everyone likes or eats beef.
Once the meal was going strong, the entertainment started. It was a perfect mix of Western music and comedy. Dad really enjoyed this. I am sure this was far and away his favorite part of the trip. The music was what he grew up with, containing a healthy dose of Sons of the Pioneers and such. Everyone else liked it, too. Some times we would sing along. Most of the time we just listened and laughed. It was a good time.
The show went on until sometime after 9 PM. Colorado Springs is only 90 minutes from home, so even though we knew it was going to be a little on the late side, we had decided to drive home after the show. We knew we would be tired, but Dad had enjoyed the show so much, that he bought a couple of the cassette tapes of the music, and we listened and basked in the afterglow on the drive home. By the time we got home, both girls were deep into sleep. After dropping Mom and Dad off, Margo and I headed home and put the girls to sleep. It had been a great trip, but it is always nice to be home.