12/9/99 - 12/12/99

This was our first why not start with the National Finals in Las Vegas.  There were cowboys everywhere.  We spent almost two days shopping at the Cowboy Christmas trade show at the convention center and Sands.  Many cowboy and cowgirl treasures now live in Cincinnati. 

Jim and Diane were great companions as can be seen in the many pictures of us exploring the sights and people of Las Vegas.  We were together most of the time with the exception of a ride on the Star Ship Enterprise for Joyce & I, and some dedicated slots time for Diane.

We only had tickets for one night at the rodeo so the second night we watched from the sports bar at the Mirage.  Even there, the place was full of cowboy hats.  Joyce now has aspirations to be a rodeo barrel racer.  I have aspirations to be a well dressed cowboy.

We plan to go again next year...and we'll be wearing our best cowboy and cowgirl regalia.  Here is the link to the pictures.