Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Speedy Trip Through Part of Alberta

A few weeks ago we came home from Montana via Alberta where we took in the Stampede, the Tyrrell Museum at Drumheller, and live theater in Rosebud.

The Stampede is comparable to American State Fairs.  You could spend days at it and never run out of things to do.  You might run out of money, but you won't run out of things to do.
Bob & I couldn't resist some Skee Ball for old time's sake. The kids were always better at it and I bet they still are.
These crazy ice cream cones were one of the new foods at the fair.
It's the Stampede!  You need the boots!
And you need the hats!
It's even better if you have the boots and the hat and you can line dance.
All the barbeque was grouped down one alleyway and we chose ours from Prairie Smoke & Spice from Regina where we ended up being served by an old student of ours.

Is this redundant?

I liked the supermarket pony outside the saddle shop.
The Stampede is in the middle of the city so you can enjoy the skyline while at the fair.
From Calgary we went to Drumheller.  Why was this our first visit to this Canadian gem?  The Tyrrell Museum is incredible, but you shouldn't try to do it all in one visit.  We tried and we were dinosaured out halfway through.  The collection and the information are incredible.

Rosebud a tiny, tiny hamlet not far from Drumheller is a theater mecca.  We saw The Wizard of Oz and thoroughly enjoyed it.  We were lucky enough to hit a day which had a free town tour and a free backstage tour.

Since we got home two weeks ago, we either had company or were in Saskatoon.  On one of the trips to Saskatoon we saw both of the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan plays ... my first Shakespearean double header as we saw both in one day.  I recommend both Much Ado About Nothing and Othello.  If Shakespeare has always scared you, face your fear.  After the first ten minutes of either play, you forget that Shakespeare's language and style are somewhat different from ours in 2015.  You will be immersed in the story and totally get it.  I promise!

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