I stopped at Maple Creek for lunch. A family of twelve was being served so the rest of us had to wait forever for our meal - I had a denver sandwich. It was really good though. Then off I went in the rain...it was beautiful leaving Regina. The canola fields under the blue sky were breathtaking. I stopped at Chaplin to visit the interpretive centre and learn more about the "salt" lake. I always thought it was snow when I was a kid!! Anyway it was one of those rains where it couldn't make up it's mind what it wanted to do.....on and off, on and off - but beats heavy rain. I gassed up at Medicine Hat but didn't stop to do a walk in the rain needless to say - I will be there for two nights next week so that's fine. I stopped at Bow Island to use the loo in their little tourist centre had a cute friendly old guy in it. I also met this guy...
|Pinto McBean!!! I guess the area must be famous for pinto beans|
I headed off for a walk down into the coulees - on the phone to my cousin at the same time. I didn't go far as I didn't have water with me nor mosquito spray - it was just something to stretch my legs. However I did run into these characters...
|They were taking part in a reinactment at Fort Whoop Up the next day.|
I then walked over to the mall as I had forgotten my comb. I bought one at Shoppers Drug Mart and I accidentally hit the scanner which was on (she was away price checking something) and I screwed up the system. What can I say, I have a talent. I couldn't see any place in the mall that appealed to me to eat at - same old, same old. So I went to the Penny Cafe where I had half sandwich and a delicious bowl of veggie soup. I then headed back to the room and relaxed.
This morning I had a bagel, egg and banana at the complimentary breakfast at my hotel, put on my walking boots and backpack and off I went down into the coulees. The park trails were a mess in places and the 10km walk had been cancelled. I learned more about coal mining in the area in a little kiosk and enjoyed the walk, I then went to Fort Whoop Up which is in the park and it was fantastic. Well worth the 7 dollar admission fee. A great 30 minute film followed by displays and then to the fort. So interesting. I met the official greeter - a goat named Mary Frances. She was sitting demurely on a bench.
|The one and only Mary Frances|
|Horse shoes in the blacksmith store.|
|In the tipi|
|I wish I would have had time to go on a stagecoach ride!|
|Reinactment - are any of my horsey friends in this picture. All horses look the same to me!|
I went to a shop/bakery called the Wooden Shoe and got a sandwich with English crisps. I resisted temptation as there was LOTS I could have bought from all over...Holland, Germany, UK, etc.
Off to the wedding next!