Our trip to the National Cowgirl Museum convinced us that the spirit of the cowgirl lives in every woman who RVs.
"The High Desert Princess" is a bronze sculpture commissioned and donated by The Burnett Foundation. It was created by a horse trainer turned sculptor, Mehl Lawson who is a member of the Cowboy Artists of America.
When Cowgirl Honoree Connie Douglas Reeves was asked "What would you like to pass on to future generations?", she replied "Always saddle your own horse." That same spirit applies to the many women who RV solo who would advise women new to RVing that "It's your rig....always do your own hook up, set up, and system handling."
This sculpture pays tribute to cowgirl Mae "Mamie" Francis Hafley and her dare-devil diving horse. She and her horse thrilled rodeo audiences by diving off a 10 foot platform into a pool below. Our docent told us that Mamie was unable to swim and relied completely on her horse. Her horse went blind but they continued to dive together trusting each other.
We all really enjoyed the museum and the spirited women it showcases. Next stop was Angelo's Bar-B-Que for lunch. Angelo's has been an institution on White Settlement Road since 1958. It started with just four tables but is a large place. The outside is rather plain and the inside is decorated like a hunting lodge.
Vicki posed with the "cook".
Everyone goes through the line to order their food and then finds a table. We consumed our fair share of ribs and brisket.