8/13/2012 10:28:00 AM
Lethbridge bound, I travelled the old highway 2 on Friday night. So down through Millet, Wetaskiwin, Hobbema, Ponoka, Lacombe, Blackfalds and Red Deer. Naturally that takes me into Calgary, but I love the old highway 2. I love seeing the towns along the way, stopping for tea or to stretch my legs. It’s a little slower but oh so more enjoyable. I think I rue the day we started to go faster and missed everything along the way. When I slow through Ponoka I marvel at the size of their Stampeded Park. I have gone through when the Stampede is on and you couldn’t find a friendlier place to hang out. Trust me, every nook and cranny is packed with a cowboy, a truck, a trailer and a dog. It’s fabulous!!!
South of Calgary is not an old road, but it takes you through Nanton, Claresholm, Ft. McLeod and assorted little places like Coalhurst and Stavely , that I literaly just pass now that the road has been twinned. Claresholm’s 7-11 has the best chicken wings you’ll ever eat. Who knew that at some age I would suddenly become fascinated with the towns, hamlets and villages of Alberta? For the most part they are a great deal of fun and they have such history!
Frankly I love small towns and while I know Lethbridge is a city it feels like a small town and I really enjoy it. My brother Alex lives there. He was celebrating 25 years in his group home. We sang songs from Annie and Sound of Music. I can carry a tune if there are no holes in the bucket, but I can assure you when his friends get together you can hardly tell how off key we all are!! It was a great celebration, not only for my brother but for this great province and the people all along the highways and by-ways. I thought about it coming home last night. Conclusion? We’re a damn fortunate bunch!!