The main attraction of our summer this year was a trip to the Calgary Stampede, we arrived in Canada July 6th. We set up camp in Bow Valley Provincial Park in Kananaskis County 45 minutes west of Calgary.
The people were very friendly, the park clean and peaceful with a great bike trail, hiking trails and the ever flowing Bow River.
On Monday we attended the evening Grandstand “BarnBurner” Show. The fast-moving, very competitive Chuckwagon Races started the show. After their completion the TransAlta Grandstand Show began. This musical extravaganza incorporated the best technology, pyrotechnics, daring stunts, costumes, and sets. The grand finale was a spectacular fireworks show. Watch the following video, granted it isn’t as spectacular as being there but it will give you a taste of what you missed.
We were surprised to find 12 Texas cowboys and 5 Texas cowgirls competing in events the day we attended the rodeo. Of those 17, 2 were local Decatur boys Cliff Cooper & Mike Lee. Trevor Brazile and Tuff Cooper had competed the day before.
Our remaining time in Canada was spent touring the surrounding area and enjoying our Canadian neighbors in our camp. We spent a time in Canmore, Banff, and Lake Louise. We saw dramatic and fabulous scenery, met friendly and welcoming people, enjoyed long days (sun up @0430, sunset 2145), cool temperatures, and scrumptious food.