Listen and read along to the following dialogue.
Marcia: Whew! This camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park was an outstanding idea, Stu.
Stu: I’m glad you came, Marcia. I wasn’t sure you would like doing this.
Marcia: Oh no… I adore the outdoors! Turning all my gadgets off and roughing it under the stars always makes me wish I was alive in the days of the Old West.
Stu: What’s the connection between the Old West and camping at Joshua Tree?
Marcia: Stu, the Old West is more than just stagecoaches, cowboys, and horses. California was full of Wild West activity. For example, Native Americans, who were mistakenly called “Indians” for many years, lived all around here. This was their home. And anybody traveling this way from the east had also to rough it by living with only the minimum.
Stu: Didn’t the cowboys rely on the help of the Native Americans to stay alive?
Marcia: That’s true. They learned many things, including how to use all the parts of the animals they hunted. Old Hollywood movies didn’t show how skilled Native Americans really were.
Stu: But those movies were pretty awesome! My idea of the Wild West is still a handsome cowboy with a holster on his hips sitting high in his saddle on top of a horse as he rides into the sunset.
Marcia: Just so you know, there were also some cowgirls. And they had it harder than the men. Many times they had to watch their backs from other cowboys who didn’t like them doing men’s work.
Marcia: Yes, Stu?
Stu: You would have made a cool cowgirl.
Stu: Yes, Marcia?
Marcia: I appreciate the nice compliment, but since I carried all the equipment from the car, you’re cooking the dinner.