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South Saskatchewan Trip Part 1

Thursday, September 12, 2013

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:

More Modern:


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!
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  • PCOH051610
    Great photos! Did you know that Newfoundland had their own police force called the Newfoundland Rangers? The when we joined Confederation the RCMP eventually took over. My friend's father retired and he was the last of the Newfoundland Rangers. He is almost 90 now so that was awhile ago.

    1703 days ago
    I always loved the show Due South when it was on and it was a cool show about the mounties! I enjoyed the pics and history lesson, thank you Linda!
    That is always the way classes are for me too around here, not scheduled to where I can take them.
    1709 days ago
    thanks for the great pics and details of your visit. I too, hope that your orthotics help your pain. That would be wonderful.

    1710 days ago
    emoticon photos emoticon for sharing!
    1711 days ago
  • C8TSON
    Awesome pics!!! I hope the orthotics will help with your pain in your feet--foot pain is the worst. emoticon Sounds like you are busy with the workout classes. I hate when they cross over. I have a Tuesday Pilates class that crosses over with a swim class--so frustrating. Hope your doctor appointment went well. Have a wonderful weekend! emoticon
    1711 days ago
    Your pictorial tours are great -- really gives me a sense of what my country has to offer that I haven't seen!!
    1712 days ago
    Way, way way cool! Thank you so much for taking these and sharing with us. I felt like I was there with you.
    Have a great evening.
    1712 days ago
    I can just see you Whizzing around on that Police scooter!

    1712 days ago
  • ALICIA214

    The Mounties are truly a Canadian Icon Thanks for the great pics. They were just here in Vancouver doing the Musical Ride at the PNE emoticon
    1712 days ago
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