Monday, July 16, 2012
Sunday, July 15: Had a nice relaxing morning, hot shower then off to the Calgary Stampede. About a 20 minute walk and we’re on the grounds. It’s huge, all concrete paved—about a mile long and half a mile wide. Advertised as the greatest outdoor show on earth, we’re convinced—ten big activity areas including a midway of rides and food, a vendor’s area with an arena where we saw a wonderful show called “Trails” (see the three horses in the title?) about the history of Calgary and the Stampede which was started 100 years ago (we heard it was done by a Disney artist), a grandstand where we watched the rodeo events from the seventh level, a theater with western music entertainment, an Indian village, an ag building, a couple of dirt floored arenas where we watched horse demos and Ron’s favorite, teams of Belgians and Percherons pulling heavy loads (the winners pulled a record of over 13,000 pounds). It was a long day and a long walk home after all that activity—but worth it—especially the marble slab ice cream just “to keep up our strength!” A quick bowl of soup and lights out!