Friday, June 26, 2009

Hat to the Park Virtual Trip

Another great morning report 31 1302 km

If there could be a typical prairie small town, Elrose would be it. Lots of activities small shops, bus depot and a war memorial.. The people are as friendly as fluffy ducks, helpful, drink lots of beer and go to church on Sunday.

Outside of town on the highest butte is a Medicine Wheel.( The picture is one from Big Horn, Montana to give you a visual) For those of you who don't know what that is, it is a an ancient native sacred symbol with teachings still followed today by many first nations people. The circle represents the earth and normally is divided into at least 4 parts representing the 4 elements, the 4 seasons, 4 compass points, the four colours. , black white, yellow and red representing the 4 races of man, his 4 emotions, 4 stages of life. The teachings are meant to assist man to walk in harmony with Mother Earth. The wheels are found all over North America and some have been dated as old as 4000 years. Some have wheels within wheels and multiple spokes.

Another attraction is the buffalo jump nearby. Buffalo herds were stampeded over natural drops by the natives. There is a big one in South Alberta which involves a cliff. It's called " Head smashed in", so that you get the message but this one is quite small so it would probably only break a leg but it slowed them down so you could kill them

If you have ever seen a buffalo up close you would know why you don't just walk up to one of these guys and pick a fight. You had to have some other advantage or you became the " dried meat"

A major boost to the town economy was the bus stop. If you have one of those in town, not only does it mean people come there, but so do parcels and pieces of everything you need and can order through the web. It's a major life line to the out side.

Doug G.

Thanks Doug

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