It started with Regina, Saskatchewan's second largest city and seat of the government.
Our first stop was the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Museum and training grounds.
They had old cruisers displayed around the museum:
When we first walked in there was a large display of the various methods of transportation over the years:
These methods were used in the far northern reaches of our country as winter made things impassible by normal means.
What a Mounties barracks looks like. Especially got a kick out of seeing this as I saw the episode of the Canadian version of the Amazing Race at my brother's place when he was fixing my lap top and they showed the contestants trying to lay out their equipment according to exacting standards.
They had individual displays of the peoples of the north:
What they needed for survival in the harsh conditions:
The story of the 'Mad Trapper' that Charles Bronson made into a movie. These were his actual weapons and snow shoes:
To the modern day uniform worn at ceremonies and of course on the world famous Mounted Police Musical Ride:
One of the very first horses in the ride and the one that trained everyone else, horse and man alike was Nero. If he didn't think a rider was up to his exacting standards, he would buck him off :) They wanted to preserve him and his memory so this is actually him. His coat color was originally black as all the horses were, but the lighting faded his color.
Outside, facing the ground were new recruits do drill marches was a memorial to all the fallen mounties:
Inside the hall we lucked out and saw a squad practising their drills. If someone screwed up they had to drop and do ten pushups (women were allowed them from the knees) Once the whole platoon had to do them. They requested no photos but that didn't stop some people from taking them anyway. Each day all the squads run a drill in this square. No one is allowed past the blue and yellow lines otherwise:
This original 1800's chapel is used today for worship and any RCMP member's wedding. Amazingly enough, a foreign woman, who had no relationship or anything to do with the RCMP, donated all the stain glass windows.
Close up of one:
The original barracks building:
They displayed all types of transportation from a plane:
To a sedgeway:
Next will be the Governor General's house, a very important figure as they are the Queen's representative.
I was very happy to survive two of Glenn's fitness classes back to back, advanced Boxercise and step, so that I could go to the hot tub and spent a very relaxing 45 minutes in there, the pain in my arch finally easing up (I so can't wait to get my new orthotics and see if they measure up to the guy's hype about them). Tuesday I was so sore I didn't feel I could handle a second class in a row and did not want to wait around for an hour and a half for the hot tub to open because I knew I would stiffen up sitting around.
Almost went to a class this morning but thought the better of it. The dilemma will be deciding whether I want to take Glenn's step and cardio mix up (like a bootcamp) and have a hot tub after, or go to Zumba which I haven't done in a while this evening. There are so many classes I want to take but they are conflicting each other :(
I finally see my Dr. today to find out some answers (hopefully). Mom is coming home today, but don't know when so its a toss up whether I will have to take the bus and hope I can make it on time or get a ride. Its on the opposite side of the river, so its a long trip with a transfer needed always a very pokey way to get somewhere.
Have a Totally Terrific Thursday!