Ponoka Stampede Day#5

Howdy Chuckwagon friends!

The temperatures rose to almost 30 degrees today.  How lovely!  I so enjoy the warm temperatures.  When my feet hit the floor at 6:30 AM, they didn`t quit until I sat down to write this blog.  I didn`t report for morning chores as I gathered a few things that needed to go home, along with all the dirty laundry.  My first stop was, of all places…..McDonald’s to grab the crew some breakfast.  I normally don`t do that, as I cook most meals in my trailer.  They didn`t complain though, as they are always so hungry in the mornings.

Once I dropped off the goods at camp, I headed north thirty minutes to our Ranch just outside of Wetaskiwin, Alberta.  I wasted no time filling up the washing machine to get a load going.  The short cycle was the one to use as I had a few loads to do.

While that was underway, I headed outside to check on things. Amy`s new little filly was so excited and running around loving her freedom on the lawn while momma enjoyed some fresh green grass.  The apple trees are loaded this year.  It will be nice to enjoy some home grown fruit come the fall.  I then gathered up all the items that we need in Calgary, while there for the Stampede.


Hugs Ricky

Our friends Darryl and Helen stopped by.  Well, that Helen is something else.  If Rick see`s her coming he runs and hides.  Oh not because he doesn`t like her, she just likes to give great big hugs!  Oh we love it when they come around.

 We were seated into the seventh heat tonight as we never made it into the semi-finals.  Rick had a great start and turn with Nickel on the Left Lead, Speedy on the Right.  Jim on the Left Wheel and Law on the Right.  Dustin and Dean rode Ed and Andy tonight.  They started hard and turned like magic.  They didn`t quite get the rail, but he did out turn the guy on barrel 3, Kirk Sutherland.  Chanse Vigen was on one barrel and he flew out of there too.  Chanse managed to come away with a day money run, and we were right behind him to capture 2nd on the day.  What  a great feeling when all things fall into place.


Top of the Fourth

The final four in tomorrows dash for cash is Gary Gorst, Kurt Bensmiller, Layne Macgillvray and Evan Salmond.  Good luck to all these competitors and may the fastest wagon win.

Well, some of our relatives stopped by tonight for a poster and to say hello.  Rick had no problem signing a poster, but they had to see how many bubble gums they could fit into each of their mouths first. They all did pretty good and I think the record was seven.  And I think it shows!


Tricky Ricky and the Kids

We all had a good giggle and we have proof to show it.  I wonder how many gums Rick can chew at one time.  I think he should try it.


As the nights are getting darker faster, this pretty picture was taken by my friend Mack.  This green and white Chuckwagon and horse sits high into the air during the Ponoka Stampede.  It belonged to Rick`s grandfather Tommy Dorchester who was a pioneer in this area.  He was one of the best Chuckwagon Drivers and always had a story to tell.

Until Tomorrow

From the Travelin Trailer

Sue, with Rick and “Team 23




P.S. Stop worrying how it`s going to happen and believing that it will.


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