This is my final Cowgirl Diaries post! My six month long crazy Canadian cowgirl adventure went faster than I could have imagined and I learned more than I thought possible. Below is a round up of really cool things (and not of cows or horses) that I did during my travels throughout Alberta and British Columbia. And just a few of the reasons why I won’t shut up about how great Canada is to just about anyone who asks me (and many who don’t ask me at all). Everyone should go to Canada!
1) I saw a bear. Actually by the time I flew out of Canada I had seen more than I can count! No Grizzlies yet though… Next time, Canada, next time.
2) I drove a tractor. And a truck and a quad. I learnt a lot about driving in Canada actually, but apparently not enough for the UK to just give me my license…
3) I learned to round-pen horses, just like my childhood hero, Monty Roberts.
4) I got myself and a group of tourists lost on a trail ride up a mountain (not sure if this is considered “really cool” but it’s certainly memorable for me!)
5) I hiked up to a glacier. All by myself!
6) I attended my first, second, third and fourth rodeos (and two of them were in thunderstorms!)
7) I ran around as much of Toronto as physically possible in 5 hours (and got sunburned, obviously)
8) I saw Lady Antebellum live (FINALLY! So much love for country music)
9) I saw the famous Canadian glacier-blue lakes
10) I survived a month living in a tent and eating my weight in s’mores
11) I hiked a mountain with not one but TWO false peaks and still made it to the top.
12) I ate dinner over a campfire by a lake and watched beavers swimming
13) I went to the biggest mall in North America and didn’t spend every penny I had (almost though)
14) I herded cows on a quad bike (and didn’t get eaten by the grizzly bear we were moving them away from)
15) I learned to build both wire fences and post and rail fences (and that neither should be done in leggings, Cowboys invented jeans for a reason)
16) I learned to two-step! And only broke a couple of the poor Cowboys’ toes…
17) I cycled around the sea wall of Stanley Park in the beautiful Vancouver sunshine
18) I had my first Canadian thanksgiving (at which I supplied the Pumpkin pie and carved the turkey!)
19) I went to my first Canadian Ice Hockey game, developed a love for the Vancouver Canucks and continued to support them throughout their many, many losses…
20) I went to my first ever Pumpkin patch and picked out the prettiest pumpkin to carve into an evil face
21) I rode a mechanical bull and didn’t embarrass my country (well, not much anyway)
22) I learned to vault and created my own freestyle routine to music (Rise Up will now always make me think of cold November evenings in the arena)
23) I went on the Whistler Peak-to-Peak gindola and played in the snow on both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains
24) I spent a full hour skating around my own personal ice rink under fairy lights