Thursday, July 17, 2008


I have been meaning to share this wonderful picture with all of you. This Swan is nesting close to Hwy 71, just North of Park Rapids about 6 miles in a swamp....I think someone forgot to tell her that she is in the state of Minnesota, after all it is the land of 10,000 lakes. Nonetheless what a gorgeous bird. Since the taking of this picture, four to six cygnets' have arrived. How fortunate we are to live in this area to see such beauty. Not everyone can drive down the highway and see this kind of wildlife.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Park Rapids Bull Ride

Well once again that fun and rowdy time has come and gone to the Park Rapids Area. The PBR Bull Ride was held the 3rd, 4th and 5th at 6:30 each night. I attended all three nights. Some of the bulls bucked so high it looked like they were hopping around the arena. During intermission we were entertained by a Freestyle Moto X group called Guilty By Association perform. The stunts were neat, but the back flips that Cody Cavanaugh performed were incredible. They would start out on one side of the arena, get up to speed and up and off the ramp they would fly. Another one of the tricks they did was called "Look Back Heart Attack."

On the 4th us Bull Ride patrons got to see a special show from the 148th Fighter Wing Division -US Air Force. A special fly-over at 1000ft. and 350 mph started around 7:30pm. This was amazing to see in person. Can you say fast? Truly amazing!

Each night after intermission, kids who want to grow up to be cowboys, had their chance for eight seconds of fame - or longer - on a sheep in the popular amateur event. But what I like best about the bull rides is the Coldwell Banker Cowboy Poker. Anyone crazy enough to sit around a plastic table on a plastic chair waiting for a bull to enter the arena is well, nuts. At least they get a small token of a hundred dollars for their efforts, but only the last cowboy sitting in his chair wins.

Each night, after the show was over, the top regional band “Switch” played a variety of music for dancing the night away under the Montana Pavilion on the grounds. Along with the bucking action, the Rodeo Idol Contest returned. This popular karaoke contest once again played out. I loved all the singers this year and had a hard time picking just one. I guess the gal that won was from the Menahga area. How cool is that!

Thanks for listening and happy trails. -Jody