Saturday, August 23, 2008

Rodeo and bungee


While in Colorado we went to a rodeo! Yeee-haaaaaaaw! Uncle Greg picked up a hat and some boots for Jasper and he wore them with the cowboy shirt Aunt Angelica got from Rockmount. In addition to roping there was bull riding, a bouncy tent, pony rides, face painting, a petting zoo, and treats.



(Image blurred because I dropped Jasper's snow cone on the camera while trying to photograph him on a pony.)

My favorite part was the "mutton busters." Parents placed their 3-to-7-year-old children atop lambs and the kids held on as long as they could until the lambs bucked them off. Supposedly the lambs leap over the kids, but from where I was standing it looked like they were jumping on them. Wow, I'd love to see the neurotic helicopter parents of Park Slope try that!

"What a bad idea!" I couldn't help yelling when I saw it. "Yeah, it is a bad idea," said the woman standing next to me. "But my kids love it, so we let them. Tomorrow we're doing bungee jumping."

Bungee jumping? It turns out you can do that at Beaver "not exactly roughing it" Creek. Jasper loved it. My sister's family outfitted Jasper once again, this time in cousin Garrin's old leather biker jacket with Batman painted on the back. What a tough guy.