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The Official End of Summer

We headed up to the Shenandoah Valley area for a camping trip this past weekend. The main reason was for our annual trip to the summer rodeo. It’s held at the horse farm where my best friend rides, from May through September, and this weekend was the last one of the season.

rodeo summer rodeo
My best friend is on the grey horse.

We stayed at the same campground that we’ve been going to for the past three years. It’s always nice to be somewhere familiar. Saturday was very rainy during the day so we mostly just hung out in the camper, reading, napping, and playing a lot of Gin Rummy.

campground weekend camping

Luckily the rain moved out and we had really nice weather for the rodeo that evening. After my best friend was done with her drill team at the start (see first picture) she came and hung out with us for the rest of the night. As always, it was a good time.

The second guy on the left (between the two far left American flags) won the whole thing.



Sunday was a much prettier day. We hit the road in the early evening to head home and Hank and Scout did what they always do when we travel…


One of the downsides of driving in the south west direction in the evening is that the sun is in your eyes for most of the way. But the upside is that once the sun does start to set, you get to see a really drawn out sunset. And last night’s was a gorgeous one. When we got home it was cool and crisp and it was so clear you could see about a thousand stars. Always important to stop and appreciate things like that!


I also wanted to briefly recap my workout week, as part of the weekly wrap link up hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin’.

Last week was week 10 of Hokie Half Marathon training. It’s now officially race week and the race is this Sunday! Here’s what I did as part of my taper for the race:

Monday – 3 mile run in the afternoon. It was 85 degrees and humid, and I was reminded of the importance to bring water on hot runs no matter the distance.

bisset park radford

Tuesday – rest
Wednesday- 6 mile long run in the evening. I was pretty tired from a long work day, but I felt pretty good during my run. I got my long run in early since we would be traveling and I didn’t want to do my long run at that campground (this is why).
Thursday – 3 mile run in the evening after work
Friday – 3 mile run in the evening with Barry after we got to the campground.

trail running

Saturday – rest. Rodeo!!
Sunday – rest.

How was your weekend?
Have you ever been to a rodeo?
Do you have any end-of-summer traditions?

13 thoughts on “The Official End of Summer”

  1. No end of summer traditions.

    We went to the rodeo a couple of times when we lived in Austin. There’s one here, too, but it’s not quite the same in upstate NY, or at least I imagine it isn’t since we haven’t been to the one up here.

    Sounds like a great week & good luck Sunday!

  2. No end of summer traditions either. Since I’ve been out of college for a few years, I don’t really do anything to mark the end of summer. And fall is slow getting here so there’s this in-between season that I don’t know what to call.

  3. Sounds like a fun weekend! I’ve been to a couple of rodeos in the past, I also rode in a drill team that would occasionally perform. But I haven’t been to one in a really long time. They are fun!

  4. Ahh I knew there was a connection to you, my family barrel races and we are very familiar with rodeos as well. I would say camping and a rodeo, well it just doesn’t get better than that! Thank you so much for linking up with us this week! Bring on the Fall!

    1. Ah ha, very cool! I don’t think I mentioned it, but in addition to the drill team and bull riding this rodeo also had barrel racing and mutton busting (so cute!). It’s a professional rodeo that travels around, and they come to this horse farm the second Saturday of every month during the summer. They’ve even put a few bulls into PBR, which is pretty cool!

  5. I have been to a few rodeos. They are lots of fun! The campground you stayed at looks so pretty and shady. I’m sad to see summer go in a way (no more water skiing) but I am ready for cooler running. NO doubt. Good luck in the Hokie Half this weekend! Thanks for linking up with us today!

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