August 3rd ~ Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada
Fort Macleod is one of those rough and tumble kind of towns where you want to drive slowly down one street after another just to admire the old architecture and get the flavor of an era long gone.
We were not sure how to interpret this street sign. Were we supposed to drive 75% of that speed limit, or drive the speed limit 75% of the time? Or perhaps the speed limit only applies to 75% of the people?
Speaking of speed limits. I had to make a little chart converting kilometers per hour to miles per hour. Our little Subaru has both indicated on the speedometer dial, but Ellie Mae has only MPH. So far, so good, but if one does not pay attention, it would be easy to forget and get caught speeding.
Our primary sightseeing event for the day was a visit to The Fort. Since I am so far behind on my blogging, I am going to primarily post picture from the day and not go into much of the history.
This is a museum of sorts inside a fort that honors the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as well as an interpretive center for First Nations People. They also have an optional “Musical Ride” where you pay an additional $5 to see 7 or 8 of the Mounted Police up close and then ride in different configurations to a musical score.
I enjoyed seeing the riders up close and learning that each horse has a maple leaf emblem shaved on its rump, but otherwise I felt it was rather amateurish (sorry).
The museum itself was divided into sections. The story of the history of how the RCMP came to be and some significant dates was in the first building.
The next building had pictures as well as artifacts of the local First Nations People.
What colorful and descriptive names these guys had.
A long room was devoted to beaded clothing and other memorabilia.
There was a traveling exhibit that was just being introduced here that talked about the internment camps in Canada during World War I. This was so similar to what the USA did in WWII with our Japanese American citizens.
But by far my favorite was the dispensary. The rules for nurses was hilarious, and I can just imagine how my nursing friends would react to these today 🙂
Time for a light and delicious meal at The Orange before heading out-of-town.
And just when we thought we had seen it all…
As we were about to leave, the owner, designer, craftsman who created this ride appeared. He says it will do 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds, and then after letting me snap his picture, he proceeded to prove his point – right there on Main Street.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that we were able to take the time to simple wander around in this small town. It has a charm and flair all its own. A little bit historical, local pride in the RCMP, a time warp, and local characters. The word whimsical comes to mind. I liked it!