Sandbox Adventure List 16: Urban Cowboys

29 Jul

I felt the need to wear cowboy boots and a cowboy hat. Unfortunately I’m a baseball cap wearing city slicker and I had neither. But they still let me in. It was Cowboy and Cowgirl Day at the Autry National Center and the Guats were about to get our country on.

Billy The Kid.

Annie Oakley.

Bill Picket.

Wyatt Earp.

Doc Holiday.

Wild Bill Hickok.

Gene Autry.

With all this cowboy heritage and hospitality we felt right at home, even if we did say “dude” instead of y’all. We were introduced to the ways of the wrangler and this Sandbox Adventure List item was something we all enjoyed.

 

This is where the fun began.

This is where the fun began.

 

We started with rope tricks and realized we lacked the wrist action to be awesome cowboys ... we were urban cowboys.

We started with rope tricks and realized we lacked the wrist action to be awesome cowboys … we were urban cowboys.

 

Then the game of horseshoes began ... first my daughter gave it try. It was so awesome that she was out there for half an hour. She hit the peg once, but it was a spectacular one.

Then the game of horseshoes began … first my daughter gave it try. It was so awesome that she was out there for half an hour. She hit the peg once, but it was a spectacular one.

 

My son went on to the Big Leagues. He wasn't doing the plastic horseshoes. He felt grown up enough to try the real deal.

My son went on to the Big Leagues. He wasn’t doing the plastic horseshoes. He felt grown up enough to try the real deal. He definitely had some muscle behind those throws, Glad there were haystacks lying around to help protect people’s shins, because let me tell you … those horseshoes definitely hurt. Definitely. Note to self … stand behind the haystacks.

 

Then we headed into the museum to check out the exhibits, cowboy scavenger hunt, and horseshoe crafts.  Nothing like feathers and pipecleaners to make things fun.

Then we headed into the museum to check out the exhibits, cowboy scavenger hunt, and horseshoe crafts. Nothing like feathers and pipe cleaners to make things fun.

 

The masterpiece.

The masterpiece.

 

After the educating ourselves on the life and times of the cowboy, we decided to be part of The Gold Rush era and pan for gold. There was water everywhere.

After educating ourselves on the life and times of the cowboy, we decided to be part of The Gold Rush era and pan for gold. There was water everywhere.

 

We headed out

The day ended with an awesome gunslinger and lasso whirling show. A definite wild west photo opportunity.

 

The day ended with an awesome gunslinger and lasso whirling show.

With a name like Loop Rawlins this guy definitely caught our attention. He had mad cowboy skills.

 

By nap time we were all pooped out. Being a cowboy is tiring, even if it was just for a day.

At the end of our cowboy adventure, we were pooped out. Being a cowboy is tiring, even if it was just for a day.

 

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7 Responses to “Sandbox Adventure List 16: Urban Cowboys”

  1. Bryan McDonald July 30, 2013 at 2:45 AM #

    great post and photos. thanks for sharing with us.

    • The Guat August 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM #

      Thanks! We had a really great time switching over from City Slickers to Urban Cowboys. Wish they had it more than once a year though 🙂

  2. susielindau July 30, 2013 at 8:54 AM #

    It looks like a family fun day! YEEHAAAA!!!

    • The Guat August 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM #

      It was definitely an adventure for a Wild Rider! I think you would have totally liked it … you would have definitely wrangled that wooden horse with your lasso 🙂

  3. Island Traveler July 31, 2013 at 3:12 AM #

    That is so cool! I am a cowboy at heart…minus the boots but I’m planning to get one in the future. Exciting pictures!

    • The Guat August 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM #

      Ha! I figured being from Texas the cowboy in you would have totally liked this adventure 🙂 But we forgot to get a cowboy hat, can you believe it! The kids were so tired that I rushed out of there so the baby wouldn’t have a pre-naptime breakdown. 🙂

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