|That;s me in the stroller at Lake Louise, AB 1959|
|The infamous little church, Drumheller, AB - 1966|
|Hoodoos, Drumheller, 1970|
|Heritage Park, Calgary, AB - 1973|
On a hot day, perhaps a day at Wah-Soo-A-Um Park, located on the Red Deer River, just west of Penhold. Not only is there a well maintained day use area, there's room for the kids to run, a nice little playground, and a picnic shelter. Access to the river not only makes it an ideal spot to start off on a rafting or canoe trip, but also to skip a few rocks across the water, just to know you still can.
|Wah-Soo-A-Um Park, 2014|
One of our favourite little spots to visit is the Last Chance Saloon, in Wayne. I was first introduced to the Last Chance in 1975 while camping along the Red Deer River in the Badlands. We were told by a colleague that Sunday breakfast was an absolute must and she was right. If all the food you could eat for about $2.00 wasn't enough to entice us, the fact that there was a pony with an appetite for beer most certainly was. If you visit, make sure you take a good look around. You will find some pretty darn interesting stories in that old building, not the least of which is the beer swilling shetland pony. The pony is long gone but his photo remains. The building is filled to the brim with great local artifacts but the community is filled to the brim with great local talent; if you're lucky, maybe you'll even get to hear some of it.
|Last Chance Saloon, Wayne, AB - 2014|
|Ponoka Stampede, Ponoka, Alberta|
If quiet country churches are more your style, don't drive by the Raven Church without stopping, wonder in, have a word with your maker, and admire the carpentry skills of days gone by, not to mention the dedication of those that continue to maintain it to this day. I think, if I were looking for a little rural country church (for marrying or burying), this one fits the bill.
If you're thinking of a staycation or simply a country drive, perhaps some of these places will inspire you to check them out.