Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Heritage Village Cowboy band played Saturday morning...

Wish you had heard them, great!

Sunday morning we enjoyed Tommy Rocco, bought two of his cd's!

Keenie Word played next, we first heard her three years ago when...

A Christian Youth Band played next, cool!

At 10:45am,Brad & Bonnie took the stage, awesome as usual!

I feel a bit of fall coming on!

Later that evening, the gangs all here...

Celebrated Steve's birthday with a cake after dinner...

Onyx is snuggled up next to Janet...

Yep, I was there too, having a great time!

Monday morning, 6am, on our way to the roundup, our friends are...

Even Steve decided to join us, so glad...

The sun, breaking over the hills...

Breakfast time,where's the pancakes???

There's Dick, hard at work as usual...

The South viewing area off in the distance...

Having a great time waiting for the roundup...

Janet was keeping busy while they waited...

New friends Jim & Carol, from Denver, longtime friends of Brad &...

I think we hear them coming!

Starting to see a bit of color change...

Here they come!

Wow, it's fun to be here!

Cool!

So glad we stayed this year!

There were plenty of riders today...

Trucks too!

Love this shot!

The South Dakota flag....

On the way to the corrals...

This guy got spooked when the buffalo came over the ridge &...

Time for lunch!

We're ready! What a great day!

Ahhh, you guys look too cute!

Thanks for joining us and checking out the roundup!


So today's date is actually October 5th and we are in Alliance, Nebraska. As I mentioned before, I am way behind in my post, but I am going to almost catch up in this one. It will take one more short one after today. I'll explain why we stayed the extra week in it. Meantime....

This year we decided to stay in Custer to attend the buffalo roundup. It actually took place on Monday, September 26th. But the 3 day event started with an Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday held in the center of the Park. There was free entertainment all day long and every kind of arts and crafts imaginable were on display. Larry & I arrived at 9:45 am in time to hear Steve play with the Heritage Village Cowboy band. They were terrific. Afterward we strolled through the vendor area but I wasn't very involved as I had plans to come back on Sunday afternoon with Marci & Lou. We didn't purchase a thing! Amazing...

Sunday morning we went back to the festival in time for the worship music and we enjoyed it very much. In fact, we purchased two cd's from one of the musicians. I taped a short portion of one of the songs & had hoped to share it with you, but it turned out to be just a bit too long for the allotted size allowed here on trip journal. Ah well, trust me, it was great! Marci & Lou arrived in time to listen to our friends Brad & Bonnie (Ramblin' Rangers) play at 10:45. Afterward we ladies went to the Game Lodge for a nice lunch and a bit of shopping. I arrived home about 3pm in time to prepare a pot of taco soup as we'd invited 'the gang' over for one last campfire. We had a nice evening and a good time. Everyone headed out early as we were leaving for the roundup at 5:30am! Yikes, that's early for me...

We caravanned out in two vehicles and the traffic wasn't nearly as bad as we'd anticipated. We knew the attendance was about 11,000 last year & they were expecting around 15,000 this year! We were directed to a good parking spot & found a spot right along the fence line to set up our chairs. Dick & Lou had arrived earlier in the morning as Dick was working in the breakfast tent. We located Lou fairly quickly and purchased our pancake/sausage breakfast. It was pretty cool still so the breakfast and a cup of hot chocolate sure tasted mighty good.

The buffalo were scheduled to begin topping the hill about 9:30am. By 9am it was time to start shedding coats, gloves & even jeans. Yayyy, shorts, t-shirts & sandals, my kind of weather, lol! We were on the North end of the corrals and there is a lot of difference from past attendees about which side is best. I think if we were to come again we would coose the South viewing area, assuming we were on the fence. If you were too far back in the crowd it would be difficult to see. On the North side we were on a hill with a good view, but it was a longgggg way away! So, I'd say it's a toss up. The only great view would be one of the vehicles running with the buffalo, or one of the horseback riders of course. Now, that would be amazing. What made it special for us was sharing it with all of our buddies. Too fun!

After the roundup we headed for the Hitchrail in Pringle for lunch. They were closed, bummer! But it worked out just fine as we went next door and had a nice meal. When we returned to the campground Brad & Bonnie hooked up their trailer and headed back to Hot Springs. But not before they gifted Larry & I both with a neat hat! Thanks so much guys, we love them...

Well, think I've covered enough ground for now. Will finish up next time and after that should be real time as we make our way through Nebraska, Kansas and then Arkansas. See you on down the road!

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