Traveling With the Penske Pair

This journey started in LA six days ago, where we rented a 16-foot Penske truck to move 2 tons of equipment for the Steel Challenge match to its new home in Frostproof, FL. I actually haven’t had to drive very much, mostly through the low-traffic areas of west Texas.

The first thing I was privileged to do in LA was a live radio interview hosted by Bobbi Jean Bell (OutWest western boutique and cultural center) and Julie Pomilia (granddaughter of Dale Evans and Roy Rogers), along with western author Margaret Brownley. What a fun hour it was on “Around the Barn,” on Santa Clarita’s Home Town Station KHTS with music and chatting with these three women. Bobbi Jean and her husband, Jim, also host concerts at their wonderful store with western musicians such as Juni Fisher, Joni Harms, and Belinda Gail.

Afterwards, I scooted down the freeway to the Autry Museum, where I met with my Women Writing the West LA friends: Pam Tartaglio, Penny Sidoli, Mara Purl, Anne Schroeder, Harriet Rochlin, Kay Rol, and Liz Simmons. Bobbi Jean and her friend, western singer Gency Brown joined us, we visited over lunch and then viewed the fabulous western art exhibit. What a privilege to belong to such a wonderful, supportive group! I had a blast in LA!

From LA, the “Penske Pair” headed to Phoenix, AZ, where we visited with my niece and grandniece, whom we hadn’t seen in more than a year. The next leg of the trip found us driving through wind and dust through Tucson and into New Mexico, where we landed in Las Cruces.

Stay tuned to more adventures with the “Penske Pair.”

Published in: on March 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm  Comments (4)  
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“It’s the way you ride the trail that counts”

daleevansI grew up with Dale Evans Rogers, the “Queen of the Cowgirls,” as a role model. I wonder how many little girls wanted to grow up to be Dale Evans. I love her title quote: “It’s the way you ride the trail that counts.” Growing up on an eastern Montana ranch during the 1950s and ’60s taught me that lesson. It could have been my motto.

Dale Evans began life as Frances Octavia Smith and stands out as one of the most powerful female presences in cowboy culture throughout the 20th century. She married young and was widowed at 17. In 1947 she married Roy Rogers and made 28 movies with him.  In 1950, Dale wrote”Happy Trails to You,” the song most closely associated with the cowboy fascination of the ’50s,  while preparing for a radio show. Scribbling on an envelope, she wrote the famous lyrics and taught the medley to Roy and the Sons of the Pioneers forty minutes before show time. The song eventually served as the closing song for their half-hour television series, The Roy Rogers Show, which ran until 1957.

Dale Evans Rogers died in 2001 at age 88. A real cowgirl hero to many of us.

Published in: on January 5, 2009 at 1:11 am  Comments (12)  
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