As we drove into Wayne (peak population: 2700 – now: 42) the silence cried out for the trusty intro to a good ol’ country and western. The carpark was empty but the Last Chance Saloon appeared to be home to some locals whose eyes followed us as they sipped beer from old jam jars.
We headed straight for the garden for a can of pop but not before Simon and I had checked out the second hand store and bought the 1978 edition of the Calgary Stampede program, an event we hope to visit shortly.
The highlight of the visit to Wayne though was on exiting the saloon to see a stretch limo adorned with red and white carnations pull up out the front. The driver, a large man with a beard and a leather vest moved to the back of the car, placed his cigarette in the corner of his mouth and his beer can on the roof of the car to help out a bride sausaged in satin and carrying a bouquet of red carnations. Following her was the groom, in a crisp white shirt, black pants and white trainers – a whippet of a man, also clutching a can and balancing a cigarette on his lip as him gave us a beaming ‘I just got hitched’ smile. The party bounced into the Saloon whilst us tourists turned slowly, got in the bus and drove away.
If we only we knew this place existed a month ago, could have saved a bundle with the reduced guest list. We might have needed a shorter minister though.
I’m not sure what denomination this belongs to but they mustn’t be looking to attract new members. 4 pews gives a maximum congregation of… well 4.
This was our first stop on our day out in and around Calgary – the Badlands. This canyon was a popular hang out for horse theives and the first nations people as its deep crevises provided shelter from the cold and a good place to hide. Coming upon the Badlands is interesting in itself as the surrounding land is flat for hundreds of kilometres on either side and then all of a sudden there is this massive canyon slicing the land in half.
There is another photo which shows some tourists who hiked down into the canyon to give you an idea of its depth, or for a different perspective you can hire out Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven as it was filmed here.
There were heliopter rides over the canyon but for $40 pp for literally 5 mins you can appreciate that we enjoyed the view from the edge of the canyon rather than flying above.
July 1st is Canada Day, proclaimed in 1868 to celebrate the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation. Big day in Canada but no BBQ’s, beers or JJJ hottest 100 – I think we need to teach these guys how to celebrate!