Pro Bass Shop
15.07.2010 - 15.07.2010
We spent the morning cleaning up our new little bus- making it all sparkly clean. During winter, canadians cover their roads with salt to prevent too much ice build up. However this has a terrible effect on the cars- rusting them quickly (i have never seen so many rusted cars), and making them have a salt encrusted layer on the body. Our car doesn't have any rust, but it did need a good ol' scrub to get off the salt.
We were recommended by our Couch Hosts to have a look at Bass Pro Shop- a giant camping shop. And by giant, i mean GIANT. It is famous for its hunting section also.... but i never imagined to quite this extent. Heads of all animals hung from the walls, full size bison and polar bear stood in poses of attack, and herds of stuffed deer leap between departments. Even little stuffed raccons and ground hogs held up 'clothing for sale' signs. It was the most disturbing thing ever. Corey, however, thought is was amazing. This shop also sold hundreds of weapons, right off the shelf- cross bows, bb-guns, knives, and serious hunting guns. They had an indoor archery range, where you could try out a compact bow before you bought it, and shooting range for BB guns. It was a bit worrying when most of the people trying out these BB guns looked like they were under the age of 12.
Thursday night we went back to the Stampede grounds. We walked through many more areas, looked at western art and craft, laughed at the Sham Wow demonstrator, and saw an acrobatic ice show (which was AMAZING- 2 olympic gold medalists doing the displays). We then went to the main grandstand to watch the Evening Show. We saw a marching band, Canadian Idol winner singing her heart out, and watched a hundred dances twirling around. There was a extreme motor cross display... which was extreme. And finally there were the fireworks! Which were huge and explosive (excuse the pun!)