Distance ~ 30 km. Winds ~ strong headwind so we explored
Temperature 10 – 22C (lowest is our morning wake up temperature, highest is the high for the day! According to my little MEC thermomter/compass.
A beautiful sunny day woke us with familiar song bird sounds of home and Canadian Geese squawking as they flew overhead. We saw on a local map a bike trail that leads all around the town following the valley of the Seven Persons Creek and thought it would be a great day to check out Medicine Hat.
First stop ~ The Saamis Teepee, it is the largest teepee in the world and is located beside the TransCanada. The 10 disks around the base are hand-painted storyboards filled with colourful art and depict historical nformation about the First Nation heritage. It was initially built for the 1988 Winter Olympics held in Calgary and was shipped here afterward. It is 20 stories high and is a huge landmark of Medicine Hat. It is right on the edge of the Saamis Archeological Site, where buffalo were once hunted and fell to their deaths off the cliffside.
Second stop ~ We also checked out the Cultural Atrs Centre, the Esplanade. Doug was very excited to have his picture taken with an enormous beaver! History of the area and a display of 100 sock monkeys were the focus, a crazy art display by Trace Nelson. How silly is that? Some of the monkeys were as big as me!
Third stop ~ Tim Hortons to upload the blogs, but this took so long. We need to figure out how to shrink photo sizes or something. A man there told us we haven’t seen “flat” yet, it is still ahead of us.
Fourth stop ~ The Medalta, a century old pottery facility that made pottery and crock pots for just about every Canadian home way back in the early days. They blew the clay out of the cliffs, then 2 guys would shovel 2 tonnes worth into train cars every day to have it processed and made into various dishes, crock pots, bowls and so on. You know those standard cups in a greasy spoon restaurant that are white with the green or yellow stripe around the lip edge? They come from Medalta. It is a National Historic Site.
A day of rest from pulling the trailers . . . . but we still covered 30 km of Medicine Hat.