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Published: June 21st 2011
Medicine Hat City Hall
This photo was taken in MH City Hall. The mural was created by Jim Marshall at the I.XL brick plant in Medicine Hat. Each brick was hand made and the mural depicts the mythical origin of Medicine Hat's name.
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Solos Betty Ogden, Sybil Burke, Gary Maurina and Allan Wiedel arrived in Medicine Hat, Alberta on Wednesday, June 7th and parked in Cottonwood Golf Course and Campground, which is where I have been parked for the past three weeks. Thankfully they brought some good weather with them and we were able to sit outside relaxing and catching up on everyone’s activities since we were last together and their trip thus far. On Thursday we took a touristy trip around Medicine Hat during the day and enjoyed a BBQ hosted by my daughter and son-in-law for dinner.
We left Medicine Hat bright and early on Saturday morning, stopping at the Canada Winter Olympic Park north of Calgary for lunch. Calgarians really enjoy the park year around; all the winter sporting activities are available during the winter, the ski hills are utilized as BMX (or mountain) bike runs during the summer, and the ski jump used for a giant zip-line. There are also a couple of bungey jumping trampolines set up for the kids.
Our first overnight was about 250 miles north of Medicine Hat at
We enjoyed a hamburger barbecue with my daughter Jayne, her husband, Kevin and three of the five teenage daughters that live here
the Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino about 30 miles south of Banff. The next morning we heard from Ted Applegate that he was in Lethbridge and would arrive at Stoney Nakoda the next day (Monday) so we decided to stay an extra day and make a trip into Banff on Sunday and to Lake Louise on Monday. The Chateau Lake Louise is one of the premier hotels in which to stay in Western Canada; it was a great pity that the weather was so uncooperative.
Ted arrived safe 'n sound while we were in Lake Louise. We celebrated by going to the casino for a great supper and to watch the next play-off game in the Stanley Cup, (well, some of us!) We left Banff bathed in beautiful sunshine for the trip up to Snarling River Campground, east of Jasper. I have always thought that the Columbia Icefields Parkway is the most stirring experience anyone can have. The scenery is beyond verbal expression.
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