Sometimes you just have to watch roller derby

rural Alberta winterThat’s what this weekend was all about. Roller derby. Last year between trips abroad and surgery, I managed to miss most of the Calgary roller derby bouts, so when my sister-in-law (which sounds like such a formal title for my crazy tattooed sis) told us that her team would be playing in Medicine Hat, we jumped on the idea of driving out there. And since it’s about a three and half hour drive, hubby and I decided we’d turn the outing into a little vacation and spend the night at a hotel.

So we headed out Saturday afternoon, leaving the wonderfully warm and sunny city of Calgary behind. As soon as we left the city limits, like literally crossed over into rural Alberta, we were caught in a blizzard. Weather on the prairies can be so bizarre, with pockets of such distinct and dramatic weather changes. The blizzard itself didn’t last too long, but the entire drive was nerve wracking, and passing the many flipped vehicles in the ditch surrounded by emergency vehicles didn’t help the nerves. We took our time, drove sensibly, and eventually made it with enough time to grab dinner before the derby bout. Yay for ABC Country Restaurant! They had a super sticky, warm hot chocolate with my name on it!

It only took us about 40 minutes of driving around Medicine Hat to locate the derby. Google maps led us to fire hall in an industrial park. Thanks for trying Google. Not exactly the place we’re looking for. Stopped twice to ask locals, and then finally found it. Got seats right behind the bench of the opposing team, the Gas City Rollers. The bout was super fun! The score got pretty close, but in the end our Cut Throat Car Hops won! Nice job ladies! Well worth the drive for a little derby action! Plus I managed to get a bunch of crochet completed during the drive back home.

Very glad we aren’t on the highway today though. High winds and blowing snow, it looks like a decent winter storm is brewing out there this morning. Take care and safe travels where ever you find yourself today.

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