Running of the Bulls – Arizona Style!

Running of the Bulls

In our never-ending quest to eek out just a bit more life in every day, we found a local activity that we just could not pass up. Running of the Bulls USA in Cave Creek Arizona. Not sure how you all spent Saturday, but this was our choice of the day. I have been to the original Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, (and, believe it or not, let my 20-year-old son run with the bulls… what was I thinking?) I certainly knew this wouldn’t be the same—certainly no Spanish bands playing or barrels of Sangria flowing, but it was practically in our backyard, so we had to check it out.

Running of the Bulls - Cave Creek, AZ

Running of the Bulls - Cave Creek, AZ

Thing 1 and Thing 2 - Running of the Bulls Participants

Thing 1 and Thing 2 - Running of the Bulls Participants

One thing we should have done is checked out the running schedule, as we happened to arrive right after the first run took place and the next running wasn’t for another hour and a half. Not that it is a terribly long time, but it was close to 100 degrees and we are in our boots and jeans. Since we had time to kill, we headed out to check out the food and drink. There were several Mexican options as well as burgers, gyros and wraps. Carl decided on a BBQ chicken wrap and I went to find us some beverages. I settled on a modern day version of a margarita – Tequila with Lemon Rockstar engergy drink. Rockstar was one of the sponsors, and hey, we were both exhausted from our 6:50 a.m. flight back from L.A. so it seemed a reasonable choice. I must say it was quite tasty and refreshing, not to mention “energizing!” We set off to eat and find a piece of shade and then Carl began scoping out photo ops of the participants as there were a variety of costumes and outfits. In Pamplona, there is just one thing to wear, the traditional white pants and shirt with the red bandanna and sash. But this is Arizona and the U S of A, so people got a bit creative.

Running of the Bulls

Running of the Bulls

As we were waiting for the next race to begin, I spotted a Palm Reader tent and thought I could burn some time getting my palm and cards read. It wasn’t very accurate, as the reader told me I was very confused, unhappy and unsettled, um, nope, not me. Couldn’t be happier, or more settled. I’ve had a reading in the past that seemed to be more accurate and although she said a few things that could be interpreted as appropriate, they probably could be said to anyone. Enough of that—it’s time for the bulls.

Costume party?

Costume party?

Carl located an ideal photo location and set up his tripod to save his spot. He struck up a conversation (shocking, I know) with a young videographer who was on assignment and had a press badge. Shortly after, someone from security came by and made everyone move behind the orange barrier (we were right up against the metal fence where the bulls run by). Fortunately, because we were with the guy that showed his pass, AND because Carl looks all official with his massive camera and tripod (and his trusty assistant and her margarita) we were not asked to move. Sweet! We had THE prime location.

Bev with her "Tequila with Lemon Rockstar" margarita

Bev with her "Tequila with Lemon Rockstar" margarita

The Runners first walk the entire length of the run in reverse to get to the start where the bulls are. This gave us a prime opportunity to see all of the unusual costumes—every shape and size of participant you could imagine. Once they get to the other side, the countdown begins and away they go! Carl’s videography buddy is at ground level to get his shots and Carl has his tripod aimed. I, on the other hand, have the video camera poised on the top of the metal fence. It went by very quickly and at this point, I must let the video speak for itself… another masterpiece produced by Carl Amoth.

Bev
 
 
 
 
 

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5 Comments

  1. Posted October 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

    OK, i love Thing 1 and Thing 2 and the shot of Bev with the margarita! You look down home cool Bev!

    • Posted October 24, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Miss Lily – i certainly did feel down home cool – way fun day!

  2. Pamela
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Very cool! Great job, both of you!

  3. Posted November 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks for you sweet comment on the baby quilt! Loving this blogging thing. Awaiting your next ‘planet’ post! 🙂

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