Hi everyone, thanks for all the warm wishes in the post below. I had a good blog vacation and, despite the fact that I’ve been working as well as playing, I had three weeks of actual vacation since the last time I posted.
Before I say anything, I just have to acknowledge a couple of important birthdays. First, I forgot to wish my sister Margaret a happy birthday on July 30th. I hope it was great Margaret! Today, is the big day for my brother David. David lurks around this blog but doesn’t comment and Margaret faithfully reads and often drops a comment in.
Just to torture David on his special day, I thought I’d share a cute photo. Two weeks ago when we were in Drumheller, we stopped at the ‘Littlest Church’ and took a picture.
It just so happens that I also have a picture of Dear David in front of that little church from when we were kids.
What’s interesting that Margaret is in that photo too. I get to abuse two siblings at once. I think I’m about 11 in that photo and David is 14. In fact,it was taken right around his birthday. Cool togs David!! (Don’t ask what I’m wearing on my head).
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Since I’m on the topic of Drumheller, I’ll continue. For those who haven’t heard of this area, it’s where there is a huge deposit of dinosaur bones and has been the subjet of study by scientists for well over a hundred years. The Royal Tyrell Museum is fantastic. I would enjoy a chance to go back and read more of the information that was displayed. They have a lot of standing, complete, dinosaur skeletons as well as a lot of interesting information about the history of earth, starting from when there was nothing here but ocean. The highlight of Drumheller for me was the visit to Reptile World. Its the largest private collection of living reptiles in Canada and, even though I hate snakes, I enjoyed learning about a lof of the species that they have. Unfortunately, many reptiles are endangered due to exploitation by the pet trade, loss of habitat, and sheer ignorance. The most beautiful snake I saw was the Brazilian Rainbow Boa. The Cottonmouth and Mamba just plain scared the crap out of me and I’ll say I’ll keep my cold weather and long winter if I never have to deal with those babies!
There were rare frogs, skinks, and more snakes. They also had three alligators that had been confiscated by Canada customs in 1999 when some
idiots travellers tried to smuggle them in from Egypt in their suitcases.
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We went to Billings to visit a friend of Ron’s from school. Along the way we really enjoyed the changing terrain
as well as a long visit to the site of Custer’s last stand,
and the Montana State fair.
The coolest thing I saw at the fair was a first for all of us…we saw a young woman get blown out of a cannon mounted on an chevy…right across the pond into a net.
On the way back to home we stayed near Fort McLeod and visited in ‘Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump‘, a historical site that neither Ron nor I had seen, despite living in Alberta for many years. Its has an excellent museum and is a Unesco World Heritage site.
Still, we all felt sorry for the Buffalo!
Here are the children with the ‘jump’ in the background.
When we got back it was so nice to go pick up Casper. He had stayed with my friend Diane while we were gone.
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Other things since July:
I met this lady,
Mistress Anna, for a coffee in Edmonton. Its great fun to meet blogging buddies.
And, of course, we had a little party for Master Grant:
My time is up so I’ll say goodbye for now and try to get around to catch up on everyone’s blogs! Have a good week.