We hope you live a hundred years. We hope you see a hundred steers. Happy Birthday, dear Emmett! Happy Birthday to you!
Ya know what Emmett got for his 13th Birthday? A nine-hour car ride. Yippee!!!!
The day would have started out a bit better if the folks at Elkins Ranch, in Palo Duro Canyon in Texas hadn’t cancelled the Cowboy Breakfast, due to lack of participation. Turns out Emmett’s Birthday Breakfast hoedown was not to be, but turns out things worked out okay anyway.
Emmett can always remember that his 13th Birthday started out with a bit of vandalism. Our first stop was Cadillac Ranch, where we spent some time adding our own graffiti to the ten Cadillacs, buried nose down in the middle of a cow pasture. (No one was arrested, as this “public art” display is not only allowed, but encouraged.) We looked for Uncle Joe Cray’s mark in bottom of the third car down, and we think we scored…but who knows.
Then after what seemed like an endless two-day drive through New Mexico and a simple campfire dinner at Mancos State Park, Emmett ended his 13th Birthday watching a million stars twinkle in an endless, Colorado sky—each one offering a wish for more adventures tomorrow.