Everybody walk the dinosaur

Trip Start Dec 06, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Sunday, April 27, 2008

Yesterday we went on a dinosaur hunt, Tara had been and found them previously so we left her to some peace and quiet. Drumheller is an odd place, it's in the middle of nowhere, is surrounded by badlands, strange formations and full of some of the worst examples of what could only be described as deformed papier mache dinosaurs. Still, funny though, especially the piece de resistance, a 26m high rubbish dinosaur. It's naffness is phenomenal and it's currently ranking alongside Ramsey St as the greatest sight on my travels.

Drummheller is also home to the Royal Tyrrell Museum which contains a well put together history of the earth complete with dinsosaurs a plenty. After that we went in search of the Hoodoos, the Canadian version of pinnacles and when we found them we were massively underwhelmed. All the pictures we'd seen had no reference of scale to them so rather than being a collection of magnificent monoliths we found a handful of rock pillars aboot 12ft high. We also found a collection of idiots who were ignoring all the signs to keep off them and were clambering all over the place. Sadly we didn't see any of them break any limbs.

Back to Calgary and a game of ten pin bowling. Graham had made promises of bowling excellence with vast experience on the Nintendo Wii but the main battle of the day was between Tara and Steve. The trash talking started way in advance of the venue with Steve declaring his superior driving skills before swinging in to the bowling car park and bumping the car off the kerb... Tara started tentatively with a shaky score of 1 but as the frames progressed she put the pressure on Steve who embarrassingly crumbled. Graham didn't live up to his pre game chat either. I surprised myself as I normally need a game to warm up but managed to get in an early strike for an unassailable lead, even with a shocking blank in the middle when my limbs stopped working. Victory was mine, but then as Tara pointed oot, my shoes were the shiniest so it was always in the bag.

Another days relax for me and then it's a quick flight back to Vancouver tomorrow to get on the flight across to Toronto. I've had a cracking time oot and aboot in Calgairy, no doubt eh? Thanks for my lovely hosts of course and I'll look forward to returning the favour... just as soon as I've got somewhere to live again.

Something I won't miss is Steve's evil car that takes great delight in lashing oot static electricity shocks. I'm now permanently afflicted, I'll need therapy to get over my fear of door handles. Never mind the fact the seat belt, steering wheel and gear stick are on the wrong side. Evil evil machine.
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