Cowboy country. Where big belt buckles are earned and worn with pride, where just about every vehicle is a monterous “truck”, where coffee is downed like there’s no tomorrow, and where conversations revolve around that last successful (or unsuccessful) hunting trip.
It’s a place where the neighbour’s house is a five minute drive away, where being asked “Do you rodeo?” is the norm, where tobacco is chewed, not smoked, and where the Cowboy of the Year lives 10 minutes down the road.
Yep, this is life on the cattle ranch.
It was fantastic staying on the ranch these past ten days. I got an insight into a completely different lifestyle – and climate! “It’s a bit chilly out” was John’s way of saying it’s -15.
Along with feeding the cows and jumping hay bales, I got to see the “Hoodoos” rock formation and the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. Amazing. No wonder it’s one of the most complete dinosaur museums in the world. As you walk through it you are walking through time, from 500 million years old to 10 000 years ago.
The Bass Pro shop in Calgary was mind blowing as well. Literally hundreds of stuffed animals makes the place more of a museum than an outdoor store. Waterfalls, fishtanks and fake life sized trees all included in the “experience”. And it is an experience, check it out.
What else? Well at the local stockyards cattle auction I learnt the ranchers had developed a sixth sense – understanding the auctioneer! I couldn’t (and still can’t) believe how anyone can possibly 1. talk that fast; and 2. be understood.
The Olympic standard speed skating rink at the Calgary university was spectacular and the speed of the skaters equally so. Most of the speed skating world records were set on this ice in fact. The fastest ice in the world.
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