That's Life - August 19, 2020

Sometimes you just have to get out of the house and experience new things.

This past weekend my wife and I travelled to Banff. I can’t even count the number of times we’ve been to Banff. This is the first time we had to wear face masks. It was different, but it was Banff, just the same.

Cascade Avenue is closed to traffic and I, for one, really enjoyed that. It was like an open-air market. Restaurants have been provided space, on the street, for additional seating. Local tourist attractions, from the Sulfur Mountain Gondolas to the Banff Carriage Rides all had displays and information.

I think it’s safe to say that mask compliance, was at 95% or more. Probably closer to 99%. That’s something to be proud of.

On the way home the westbound lanes of the Transcanada Highway were bumper to bumper as Albertans headed west for the last two weeks of summer vacation, before school resumes.

I almost forgot to mention that our holiday took us to Radium and Invermere.

We were greeted with signage that said, “Welcome Back Alberta” and, “We don’t discriminate against red and white license plates.”

That seemed a little strange but it beat getting spit at or having our vehicle damaged. I must say I felt very comfortable parking our vehicle amongst a sea of Alberta plates. Oh, by the way, the Radium Hot Springs are closed and the pool is drained. Another unusual sight, any time of year.

Just in case you haven’t been following the Alberta COVID-19 updates I’ll mention that Kneehill County has recorded 19 cases. One case is still active, 16 cases are recovered and there have been two deaths as a result of COVID-19.

It was also brought to my attention that a number of naked individuals were reported to be running around the Lutheran Cemetery, north of Trochu, in broad daylight. This happened on more than one occasion and several calls were received by the RCMP.

Kind of makes you shake your head in disbelief but I have been assured that this is the naked truth.

Stay healthy. That’s Life.