A cowboy parade, rodeos and honky-tonkying? Now that's a Labor Day celebration! Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of the World, puts on a great weekend of festivities over Labor Day weekend and Jon and I were so thankful for the extra long weekend to join the Catlins and Blues at the ranch. Though Jon likes to spend 90% of his time at the ranch "working" with Jason, we were able to tear the guys away from the chainsaw and 4-wheelers long enough to see the festive parade and art vendors in town. The parade kicks off with a massive Longhorn cattle drive down Main Street followed by several Western riders with bedazzled horses. Despite the insanely hot temperatures, it was such a fun sight, that leaves one thinking.... "only in Texas."
|Bedazzled patriotic horses|
|Hangin' on the courthouse steps|
|Posing in front of the Palamino brigade|
|Jason and Jon with a "Miss Rodeo" winner|
Later that afternoon, Margaret and Brandon drove up from San Antonio to spend the evening with us at the ranch. We had a blast catching up with them again and after dinner, decided to show them the nightlife around Bandera. We introduced them to the iconic Arkey Blue's where we enjoyed two-stepping (much to some old cowboy's amusement) to Western oldies.
|Honky tonky-ing at Arkey Blue's Silver Dollar Saloon|
Though this was Conan's second time at the ranch, he was much more active and involved this go round. He loved spending time with his cousins and meeting many of the ranch habitants. Leader of the donkey pack, Rambo, even made a special visit to the back patio just to meet Conan. And of course, Conan had to visit Goldie and Buddy and have his first "ride" on a horse.
|Conan and Boulan - best friends in the making|
|Conan, meet Rambo|
|Conan's first "ride" on Buddy|
The time went by way too quickly, as it always does, and before we knew it we were back in the car for our 8-hour trek to Norman. Though it is by no means close, we are so grateful to be this much closer to one of our favorite spots in the world. We can't wait to be back at Thanksgiving!
|Until November, Hix Ranch!|