Friday, June 1, 2012

Carson & Barnes Circus

This has been a mostly bad week.

I won't bore you with tales of the Buxton family's automotive woes.  Trust me, though.  It hasn't been pretty.

Still, even bad weeks have their bright spots.  In this case, the bright spot came on Wednesday night when the boys and I visited the Carson & Barnes Circus during its stay in Aurora, Colorado.
For reasons I do not fully understand, we'd received a stack of "free" circus tickets earlier in the month.  
Although my on-line research indicated that this was a pretty low budget circus, it was close to home and relatively inexpensive. The kids and I decided it was worth attending.

The circus was being held at the Coal Creek Arena which is a local roping ring. We parked the car next to a circle of bored looking pony ride ponies.

We wandered past a couple souvenir stands...
and a couple different animal rides...
before getting completely sidetracked by the petting zoo.  
Holy moly, that's a zedonk! 
So cute!  Too bad there wasn't an unobstructed view.
After a stop at the food stand, we were finally ready to enter the big top. 
Although I didn't spring for the box seats, we didn't have any trouble finding a place to sit.
 After a short wait, the circus began.
 There were all the usual acts, including  trapeze artists and tightrope walkers (and riders),
jugglers and hula hoop girls, 
clowns and contortionists,  
 acrobats and aerialists.
Oh, yeah.  There were animals, too!
The kids and I especially liked the dog... 
and pony show. 
However--at least for me--the Appaloosa liberty horses were a close second choice. 
The Carson & Barnes Circus may not be the biggest and best circus ever, but all three of us enjoyed the performance very much.  Without a doubt, the two hours spent under the big top were the two best hours of my week!


  1. I can't tell you how much I wish our families lived nearby one another. Your boys are adorable and I bet they would have a ball with mine!

  2. Wouldn't that be wonderful? It does seem as though we have parallel lives!

  3. I've been thinking about that zedonk since yesterday... Can't think of any resins I have that would suit him. I might need to go shopping. He is just that irresistible!

  4. Karen's family is so much fun. We miss being able to get together with them. Maybe someday we can all get together. That would be a blast!