Calgary - The Zoo & The Glenbow

Trip Start May 25, 2008
Trip End Aug 03, 2008

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Calgary West RV Park

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Today we tour Calgary. So many things to do with so little time. So we decided to do one thing in the morning and one thing in the afternoon. We would start off with the zoo, then find a place for lunch, and end the day at the Glenbow Museum, which is a like a mini-Smithsonian.  First thing was the Calgary Zoo. Now I do like zoos but I don't go visit everyone in every city. But Pooh wanted to go so we went. This morning is was cold with a little rain. No matter the weather, the Calgary Zoo was one of the best I have ever been too. These people put so much into their zoo. And it seemed like their animals were playing around for the most part. At first we saw a Siberian Tiger but it was too well hidden in the grass to get a pic. Then we saw some mountain goats chasing each other all around. Next it was to the elephants where the bull  - names Spike - had metal plates on his tusk to keep him from busting them up. On and on our zoo trip went. I took so many pics and even more video that it will take several days to get them all on the blog. Some of the other highlights include a huge green house, a covered area with the Hippos, and a large outdoor area of the park dedicated to the large animals of Canada. I had to go there just incase I don't see these traveling though Canada. If your ever in Calgary, go to this zoo. The only downside was the fact that it seemed as if every kid in Calgary was there on a field trip. I guess these kids feel lucky not to be at Lanier Middle where we don't do fieldtrips. We had planned just a few hours at the zoo, but we stayed close to 4. So now we were hungry and we needed some food fast. I did plan on us eating at an Indian buffet. But since Pooh has been cooking Indian every other day, we decided to try out some other international cuisine. We did pass a few Middle Eastern restaurants on the way. I remembered where they were so we drove to that area and found this place called Calgary Shwarma. Anytime I am in the Middle East or in an Arab neighborhood, I always have to have a Shwarma. It was a small place with just a few tables - mostly a take-out place. The guy serving us was very nice. Pooh had a meat & veggie plate while I had the Shwarma and a Greek salad - I am a sucker for Greeks salads. However, when it came time to pay, he could not take Visa ATM cards and all I had was US dollars - Canadian stores do not give cash back to US ATM's. Just to be kind to us, as most people have been in Canada, he took our US cash. And the food - 5 star!!!! The guy even allowed us to keep our truck parked at his store to ride our bikes downtown. Another interesting thing about the restaurant was that he had Al Jazeera on the TV. I watched a little of this news and it seemed OK - now this was the English version which I have heard is toned down from the Arabic one. I still don't know of any TV service in the US that offers this station. I'd like to watch it just to compare it to our news. Next, we took our bikes downtown - however, just as we started across the Bow River, it started to rain like crazy. We found some shelter in a cover on the bridge. It was thundering and lighting so we stayed put for about 30 min. until the rained stopped for the most part. The total bike ride was only about 10 min for the Shwarma place to the museum. The street the Glenbow Museum was on in downtown happened to be a pedestrian shopping mall. We went in to several shops but did not buy anything. The Glenbow is Calgary's #1 museum - and for many reasons. It reminds me of a smaller version of the Smithsonian - they have a little bit of everything. There was a war exhibit with tons of weapons from all over the world, a mineral exhibit with almost every type you could think of, a Native American one which concentrated on the local population, one on the people that had an influence on this history of Calgary, a West African exhibit & others. Besides being very historical, what made the museum tick was all the artifacts, re-creations, and the personal stories. I must say that these museums of Calgary have been first class - the best I have seen outside of Washington DC. The bad news was that we did not have time to see everything before it closed. They did tell us we could visit tomorrow on the same pass. Afterwards we rode our bikes - Uphill - back to our truck at the Shwarma place. We talked to the guy for awhile - one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. If you are ever in Calgary, you must eat at Calgary Shwarma which is on Edmonton Trail & 8th or 9th street next to a tire place. We then drove back to the RV where I spent the next few hours in the park office blogging before going off to sleep.

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