I love the midway! I could walk up and down, people watch, and eat all the crap food all day long! A corn dog, an ice cold rootbeer, and mini donuts are on my "must eat" list and we indulged in all three!
Well, we really wanted to take Braden to Stampede this year and it so turns out that Thomas & Friends had a show on the Coca Cola Stage, but they were only there the first day that we went, and today, which we were supposed to be coming home from camping (more on that later!). So we just had to go the first day. It was to start at 12:30 PM which was perfect. I time-budgeted us 3 hours to get there. 1 hour drive to the city plus 2 hours to get to the park via public transit...plenty of time to get there, have lunch and walk around a bit before Thomas, right? WRONG. Dead wrong! Here is what we learned:
- never go on the first day - it is probably going to be the busiest
- try not to go when there is a heat wave starting in your province
- make sure you have a LOT of snacks in case you are running late for a meal
- do not try to get to the grounds at the SAME TIME the Stampede parade is finished - oops!
- if you get stuck at the train station for over an hour, like we did, just WALK 10 minutes to the grounds - thanks to the officials for NOT suggesting that sooner!!!
We were running REALLY late and didn't think we'd catch any of the 12:30 show, but we got there at 12:45 and he was happy to see this:
So we got our smoothie and lunch after the show and walked around a bit. He really perked up and Jay wanted to get him a cowboy hat at Stampede...doesn't he look adorable? Just love my boys to bits!
Then Jay had to show Braden the Budweiser Clydesdales, he's just fascinated with them!
Braden liked the agriculture tent. He got to see some sheep and a pig feeding her little piglets. Here he is playing in some canola...no big deal for this farm kid!
Then we looked up to the sky, the forecast calling for thunderstorms was right...and we headed back. The only good thing about leaving the grounds on the first day around 2:30? Everyone else is trying to get in so it was a much less stressful trip back to our vehicle! It started pouring as soon as we shut the doors to the truck and Braden fell asleep almost instantaneously and had a 1.5 hour car seat nap on the way home!
Speaking of heat wave, the night before we went to Stampede, so Thursday July 5, we had a tornado watch in our area...and you'll be able to see why after these pictures!
Jay was outside mowing lawn and saw these really neat clouds to the north, above our house, and wanted to take a few pics...
Luckily this is as scary as the cloud got, the "tail" of the tornado never really appeared as it was moving quickly to the east, south of us, and it produced about 3/10 of rain, but luckily we didn't get any hail.
|What? You don't finish mowing your lawn with your parent's dog when there's a big scary tornado-like cloud above your head?|
Phew! Long post...thanks for sticking it through if you did! Our heat wave is supposed to continue well through the week as far as I can see. For my American friends, we are getting temps in the high 80's & low 90's...we rarely get this hot, never mind for so long and Alberta is setting record breaking temperatures! Lots more to be blogged this week - keep coming back!