It’s been months since Paul and I went camping. Oh how I have missed the freedom of packing the car and hitting the road. With only one week left in my job as a lawyer, I am finally starting to feel like myself again so when I saw that the Rathdowney Rodeo was on this weekend I suggested we head down.
We set off fairly late in the day because I had to do some work. So we arrived at camp at Flanagan’s Reserve just south of Rathdowney around 3pm. It was fairly good timing though because it meant we were able to enjoy the cool air conditioning during the heat of the day (the temperature was about 33’C – summer is going to be long and hot).
I love Flanagan’s Reserve. It’s one of my favourite camping grounds because it’s so relaxed. It’s a bush camping reserve with toilets and showers. The cost is $10/adult/night. It’s rarely crowded and you can select your own spot under the gum trees to call home for your stay. We set up camp then laid out a picnic blanket that we lay on for a few hours enjoying the serenity.
We drove down the road to the Rathy Rodeo around 5:30pm. Fortunately, we had left the camping chairs in the car because the small renta-grandstand seating was full. The best seats in the house on the good side of the ring were taken but there was still space on the pen side of the ring. So we settled in. What we didn’t realise was that it would get very cold later in the night.
So cold that I ended up wearing the bag from the chair as a hat. I didn’t just wear it for the photo. I wore it all night. Haha.
The rodeo was a good show. It had all the usual events: saddle bronc, bareback bronc, barrel racing, roping, team roping, steer wrestling and bull riding.
The cowboys and cowgirls battled it out valiantly. At the end of the night, though, the livestock definitely had more wins on the board than the competitors. And the star of the show was definitely the comedy rodeo clown who had us laughing more and more as the night went on. I haven’t been to a rodeo in about five years. We used to go regularly as children so it was a nice walk down memory lane.