If you don’t go to the rodeo while visiting Jackson Hole, you are missing out on a really fun night. The determination of the cowboys is impressive, and the cowgirls are very skilled—and fast!—riders.
The rodeo began with bull riding, followed by calf roping. In the partner calf roping, one rider has to lasso the head of the calf, and their partner has to lasso both back legs.
The cowgirls competed in barrel racing, riding in a cloverleaf pattern around the arena.
The last events of the rodeo were saddle bronc riding and more bull riding. It’s amazing how long 8 seconds can seem.
We had a great final week in Iowa! We watched a Mutton Bustin’ competition at the Linn County Fair (kids riding sheep!), went to a BBQ festival at the amphitheater (chatted with a pitmaster from Norfolk!), saw the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel (it opened in 1910!), and had lunch at one of the few Valentine diners in America (just 10 seats!).
The Airbnb we stayed in was featured in the local paper while we there. Our host saved the 120-year-old house from demolition and then turned it into a shop with an apartment on the second floor. The house was full of cool upcycled decorations. My favorite piece was an old globe stand that was made into a paper towel holder.