Stampede at the Stampede
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We enjoyed the Stampede today!
Be careful if you put your kids in charge of the budget! They can get picky. They convinced me last night to skip the shuttle and we were kindly refunded our $40.
Early this morning we drove our big rig throughout a major city, down small streets, with construction barriers, and 3km runners. Fortunately, Calgary was reduced traffic this Sunday morning. By 7:15 am. we'd paid $20 total for 2 parking spots in city parking and walked the few blocks to the Stampede. (See picture)
Because it was Family Day, admission ($41 for the 4 of us) was free before 9am. Also, they provided free Pancake Breakfast tickets, but the line was several people thick from the entrance alll the way to the Grandstand at the far end of the park.
We made ourselves feel better with pizza-on-a-stick (like a calzone on an oversized popsicle stick) and popcorn. The kids figured we came out $50 ahead because we drove ourselves.
The weather was perfect and we really enjoyed the dog-herding competition where the border collie gets the sheep to circle the barrels, circle the trainer, run through a chute along the fence, and then pens them in under 4 minutes, directed by the trainer's different whistles. We were so impressed with the dogs! Some of the sheep were mean and head-butted the dogs!
The animals were a real treat and we got to pet pigs, piglets, cows, and huge draft horses.
They had a carnival there with rides ($5-$6 each), lots of food, cowboy hats for sale, etc. It was VERY similar to the Houston rodeo, but with a population that was much more diverse (many Asian and Indian families, which we enjoyed) and without the festive spirit, which is probably due to the early rise of the visitors and the fact that Calgary is a major city. We did meet some very nice, helpful people.
We were all caught up on our rodeo-quotient and ready to return to the RV by 12:30 pm - we were glad that our driving plan worked. Sallie, our GPS, got us back to the campground and we hooked up just before a major hailstorm blew through. I'm betting hail cleared out the Stampede's straggling parents who needed a nap! Ha!
We've been working on schoolwork- Lia reached her subtraction goal on Level 9 on the Flashmaster today! We also reached our internet upload limit and had to buy more time.
Then the kids got ice cream and ran off to the playground. Ahhh.
Hopefully we'll get on an earlier schedule now and plan to be through Calgary early again tomorrow. The Canada 1 Highway goes right through the middle of town, complete with construction and stoplights. I can only imagine how much fun it is with real traffic! We've seen much of Calgary on our drives and it is a big, vibrant city. We'll head for Banff and then Jasper, enjoying natural beauty again.