Toby spent quite a bit of time on the computer last night looking for lyrics to an Ian Tyson song. We are big Ian Tyson fans and found out that he lives south of Calgary. Toby kept trying to think of the lyrics and the name of the song about moving to Alberta and clearing an acre of land. This land is just so beautiful with the mountains as the backdrop for the prairies - it all reminded Toby of the song. He did not find it on the computer, but he did find one of our favorite Ian Tyson songs, "Night Rider's Lament" - I especially like the Susy Boggess version, but then I like anything Susy sings. I can certainly see why Tyson writes such great songs about this land. The one thing that Toby wanted to do, but we did not get a chance, was to see more of the prairies/ranch land. His favorite houses at Heritage Park were the ranch houses - he said he thought they should have had more prairie houses, more farm stuff, a sawmill and a blacksmith exhibit. You can tell he is a farm boy.
Yes, it would be great to live here - right up until the big snows. This area reminds me of life in Northern NM. I love the changing seasons, the ranch land surrounded by mountains, the beauty of it all, etc. I could certainly see myself riding a horse across the land and climbing in the mountains and fishing in the rivers. I love the snow and the winter sports, but hauling feed and water to the horses during the winter was a pain in the butt. Breaking ice was no fun either. Maybe if I could just vacation in the mountains and avoid the heat of OK summers, life would be perfect. And have my Grand babies near me all the time.