We drove two hours south east of the sprawling suburbia and consumerism that engulfs Southern California. No joke; I have not seen a Target or a Bed Bath and Beyond in at least an hour!
There are more cattle trucks and border patrol out here than there are Cadillac Escalade’s driven by blonde’s in True Religion Jeans. This desert is so vast and empty of everything that I feel like we are closer to Texas than Hollywood. We have been driving parallel to the Salton Sea, the biggest lake in California, for about twenty miles now. I wish it had been a clear day so I could have taken a snap shot of this giant lake, formed by a flood of the Colorado River in 1905, but it is so dusty and windy on this November fall day that the air is not very clear and we can just see the waters in the distance though the haze.
|I did not take this picture of the Salton Sea. This
picture is from Wikipedia. It was so dusty
and hazy looking as we drove across the desert
the sea looked nothing like this!
Their website proclaims they are
known as the friendliest & cleanest casino in the valley.
The cleanest gas station in the valley?
As soon as I walked into the gas station I felt like there was a hammer in my chest.
We refueled with snacks to get us through the rest of this drive.
Another half an hour and we were finally in Brawley, a one horse border town that would have its busiest day of the year today with hundreds of cow folks coming from way out of town for this massive rodeo.
We grabbed our tickets at will call and headed for our VIP seats ( When my friend ordered the tickets, I told her I wanted to sit close enough to smell the bull taurine!)
We had grabbed some delicious cold beverages on the way into the grandstand and were ready for the first event; calf wrestling!
( I didn’t feel to bad for my vaguely liberal friend who came to this redneck event with me, she still laughed along as the rodeo clowns mocked our president)
One thing people who have never been to a rodeo just don’t get is that rodeo clowns are absolutely hilarious! They are one of the best parts of the rodeo!
Also top notch craft beer does help to enhance the situation, especially when it is ninety degrees in a border town in the afternoon and you have been sitting in a grand stand for an hour, waiting for the sun to go down and dripping sweat under your cowboy hat.
Rodeos are great for people watching. Where else would you find a eighteen year old jezebel in skinny jeans that are also overalls! It’s a redneck fashion miracle!
Wait, is it?