This morning I visited the Fort Macleod Alliance Church. It is the same as the Missionary Alliance Church in the States. Because I arrived rather early, I had a chance for conversation with several of the members. They had a guest speaker, Mr. Ralph Light from Lethbridge, who had recently returned from a trip to Chile to deliver shoe box gifts for the Samaritan’s Purse charity.
After I had eaten lunch, Barb and I went to A&W again because she had not eaten. I just bought a root beer to take out. Then we drove around town for a little while and took a few photos.
At 2:00 we went to The Fort Museum of the North-West Mounted Police. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police were created in 1873 when Canadian Prime Minister John A. MacDonald proposed to the House of Commons that a police force be established to bring order to the Canadian West. The Mounted Police built their first post on an island in the Oldman River and named it after their leader, Colonel James F. Macleod. In 1884, a larger post was built west of the original fort. (www.nwmpmuseum.com)
First, we saw the review of the horses and ‘mounties’ (high school and college students). One of them selected a man from the audience to review the horses and riders. Of course, he found some flaws with one of the horses and sentenced the rider to do five pushups. After the review we all went to the riding arena to see the musical ride. They performed various styles of riding to bugle and other musical accompaniment.
Next, we visited the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) site. In 1981, UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage Site. The 15-minute film featuring a re-enactment of a buffalo hunt was very interesting. No buffalo actually died, however. The site’s name comes from a legend of a young brave standing under a ledge to watch the buffalo fall during the hunt. The hunt was unusually successful and, as the bodies piled up, he became trapped between the animals and the cliffs. When his people came to do the butchering, they found him with his skull crushed by the weight of the buffalo carcasses. (www.head-smashed-in.com)
Before heading back to the RV park, Barb filled her diesel tank. A woman at the Buffalo Jump visitor center told us that there is a fuel shortage here. Yikes! I hope I’ll be able to top off my tank as we leave for Calgary tomorrow.