Driving up the coast on Highway 1 from Morro Bay to check out the elephant seal population north of San Simeon. There are hundreds of seals on the beach there, and I think every female has a baby. Didn't spot too many males, but there are a few hanging around. Surf was high. Temps in the high 50's and low 60's. We had lunch out on the patio at the Moonstone Grill in Cambria.
Oh, wait, actually, it is a bull! And my daughter, Kristen seems to be riding it! She recently went to the National Western Stock Show, which is held every January in Denver, Colorado, and sent me this photo of her and Max, the Brahma Bull.She said that Max was very soft and warm.
The National Western Stock Show has been going on in Denver since 1906 and is a very big deal in Colorado, drawing attendees and participants from all over the west. You'll find just about any kind of animal that's being raised on ranches and farms throughout the western US. There are rodeos, horse shows, performing animals, parades, roping, judging of animals, farm and ranch exhibits, art, and it goes on for about 2 weeks! And there are hundreds of thousands of people!!!!
Had to include this photo of Jim Shoulders, "All Around National Western Cowboy and Rodeo Legend". Jim won 5 All Around Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association Championships, 7 Bull Riding Championships, and 4 Bareback Riding Crowns. And broke nearly every bone in his body. He's from my home town of Henryetta, Oklahoma. This photo was taken in 1958.
You'll see bison
working dogs (and sheep)
Mules and donkeys,
And of course horses, cattle, pigs, goats, etc. etc.
And it's got to be cold! I mean really cold, during the stock show. Everyone expects it!
All of the photos, with the exception of the first one, were taken from the National Western Stock Show website.
January 8th - Elvis would have been 75! I first watched Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show at my grandmother's house (1956)- she didn't think much of him! I remember going to Tulsa see Elvis when I was about 14 or 15 years old - he was performing with the Grand Ole Opry, and performed maybe 15 minutes. Of course, we only went to see Elvis...could have cared less about the rest of the show.
The following is a medley of Elvis tunes from You Tube.