Let’s start with the haiku:
On Go Texan Day,
I’ve no hat, boots, cattle…just
jeans and attitude!
Today is Go Texan Day in Houston.
You might not know what that is, if you’re not from ’round these parts.
It’s the official start of the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which is a big deal to many around here. Not being a cowgirl, I haven’t been to the rodeo in years, but you can’t miss Go Texan Day, even in the office environment. Folks wear western garb to show their Lone Star pride, and the 11 trail rides that started around the state some days back all converge on Memorial park later today, where they camp overnight before joining tomorrow’s parade. You really can’t miss them; 3,000 riders on 11 different routes into the city tend to make an impression. That’s the point.
I snapped these photos from my car window as I was coming back to the office from lunch on the Thursday before the rodeo in 2014. I was on the Tomball Parkway access road, and lo and behold, there came the covered wagons behind me! It was the Sam Houston Trail Ride, ten wagons and 75 riders headed into Houston from Magnolia, which is 70 miles from the rodeo destination. Needless to say, I was late getting back to the office, and needless to say, I didn’t mind because the show was worth it. Only in Texas!
And, because I didn’t post a haiku yesterday, missing my one-a-day commitment for February, here’s a repeat of a recent one (before National Haiku Writing Month / NaHaiWriMo) with a similar theme:
Texas Cow Eyes
on a rainy afternoon
gotta love Round Top
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