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Montana Vacay, Part 4: Yikes! and the rodeo

June 29, 2010

On our final night in Montana, I insisted that we attend the rodeo.  It was located in Gardiner, MT, a bit of a drive from Bozeman, but a drive full of sweet scenery.

As I’ve noted before, I was enamored with the mountains, and snapped tons of mountain shots through the window of our moving vehicle (and am surprised that they turned out this well!).

And while I had my eyeballs glued to the camera, disaster the SUV struck:

There was a slowing of the car, I think someone said something, and then, we hit it and someone saw it fly off to the side of the road.  Sister, who was sitting in the front seat, claims to have made eye contact with the deer and saw it’s little life flash before her eyes.  Someone seems to have gotten her sense of melodrama from her older sister.

Things were leaking, but we managed to get the additional 15 miles down the road to Gardiner, where we pulled into the local garage with no trouble.

So there we were in sunny Gardiner, MT with a totally broken car and two unimpressed mechanics.  (My camera still worked, though, and I managed to snap this super-awesome shot of cousin Catherine.)

As it turns out, the rodeo is a pretty big deal in Gardiner, and the mechanics did not appear thrilled that they would have to miss the rodeo in order to haul our car back to Bozeman, not to mention the four of us.  Fortunately, cousin Jennifer (who lives in Bozeman) had stayed back to pick up her boyfriend from work, so the two of them were able to come to Gardiner and save the rest of us.  The mechanics liked us about a zillion times more when we told them that… apparently, the younger of the two had married a very beautiful ex-rodeo queen, and his wife was not going to be happy if he had to miss the festivities.  So we told him he better go, thanked the men, and left.

As we walked towards the rodeo (on the other side of town), we spotted the broken SUV on a tow truck… And when we finally arrived at the rodeo, we had another SUV sighting:

Our poor, sad, broken down SUV was parked at the rodeo.  There was much giggling over this…  ha ha ha, tourist idiots hit a deer and the broken car is at the rodeo!  Ha ha ha!

The rodeo was pretty great, though, and cousin Catherine and I found ourselves enamored by the little boy cowboys pictured above who were helping wrangle calves.  Not only could these boys ride well, but they also could lasso.  And they were adorable.

The bigger cowboys were also impressive (of course).  I think if I was ever to be in a rodeo, though, I’d be one of the cowgirls with a sparkly belt, hat, and reins, rocking the barrel races (for those of you not in the rodeo know, click here).  I’m just not sure I have the hand eye coordination to lasso and wrangle cattle and there’s no way you’d ever see me on a bucking bronco.  Ever.

Cousin Jennifer and her super-swell beau showed up before the rodeo ended to save our asses join in the fun.  James (the bf) ended up hanging out with us for the night and we had a really good time chatting and getting to know him, even if some of us were a bit awkward at times (ahem-totally not me. Jennifer are never awkward.).  Don’t they make a sweet couple?  Seriously adorable.

As for the SUV, it’s still in Montana, awaiting assessment from an insurance adjuster.  We rented a car to make the long drive back to Wisconsin (BTW the Nissan Rogue is not very comfortable for driving long distances), stopping for the night in Medora, ND (the Americinn there is disgusting, never stay there… we found hair in the bed in one room, requested a room change, and found hair all over the bathroom floor in the next room, but had to stay because it was midnight and everywhere else was sold out. I decided the hotel’s motto should be not bad for a hotel run exclusively by teenage boys).

And that’s it for my MT recap.  Stay tuned later this week as I attempt to inject projects! and crafts! back into the blog…

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Cath permalink
    June 29, 2010 2:28 pm

    hahahahahaha, pooooor BAMBI! i love all your lovely touches to the pictures. 🙂

  2. japortma permalink
    June 29, 2010 2:51 pm

    haha! i love bambi too!! I truly think it adds something. And don’t worry Jennifi you were not too awkward with James…although I am still trying to explain that “Jennifer ARE” is correct grammar 🙂

  3. June 29, 2010 5:44 pm

    Very cute, very cute, a cartoon car would have been much nicer. Thanks for covering the car damage with Bambi, I don’t feel bad about it at all now. =8{

  4. Tami permalink
    June 29, 2010 6:29 pm

    Wait, wait, wait! There’s more. You forgot about the appetizing bag of trash sitting on the breakfast buffet!

    On a less disgusting, more inspiring note, I am thinking that your next blog should showcase the oversized version of Barley and Jezebel you have hand crafted from left over tin foil, recycled cans and poster paints. North Dakotah’s I-94 revisited.

    • June 30, 2010 11:19 am

      OMG you are an artistic GENIUS. LIFE SIZED BARLEY AND JEZEBEL!?! Amazing. If only my talented artist aunt lived closer to help me realize this vision… (also, can I make an oversized deer skull for Jezzie to chew on? or a fire hydrant? or should I leave those for future generations to complete?)

  5. June 30, 2010 9:42 am

    I am pleased to let you know that the car is still in Bozeman and will likely see fireworks In Bozeman. I appreciate the insurance effort….NOT!


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