The Maritimer and the American, Day 1

by Holly on June 10, 2010

in 2010 hiking trip,travel

Meet the Maritimer…

Her name is Susan, and she is just as sweet, friendly and lovable as she seems on her blog.

Meet the American…

No explanation needed here.

Meet Calgary…

Susan + yours truly + Canada = good times.

In less than 24 hours, I have been part of an airport sting operation, eating (almost) an entire Alberta beef cheesteak, found the Canadian equivalent to TJ Maxx, been hit on six times in one evening (a record) and ended up on the wrong side of the tracks in Calgary.

Did you expect anything less?

Clearly, I am getting way ahead of myself here.

Let’s start at the beginning: BREAKFAST. Because let’s be real, all things start with breakfast.

With a three-hour layover in Minneapolis, I took my lazy ol’ time eating a big ol’ brekkie. Since I had no idea when my next meal would be, I carb-loaded with a honey whole wheat bagel + peanut butter, a seriously over-priced yogurt parfait and a jumbo coffee

Precisely two hours and 41 minutes later, I was greeted by this face…

YAY! That would be the aforementioned Maritimer, FYI.

Unfortunately, it was a drizzly, moody day in Calgary…

But that didn’t stop us from checking into our hostel, grabbing a map, hopping on the train and doing the one thing we do best: EATING.

Fate brought us to the Palomino.

One look at these chairs, and I just knew we were in the right place.

First up for me, a local brew: Wild Rose Brown Ale.

Then, I looked at the AMAZING menu (umm…I may be going back for the Peanut Butter, Banana and Bacon French Toast, just sayin’), took a deep breath and realized, “When in Alberta…”

“…get the Alberta Cheesesteak.”

Done and done.

With a side of garlic fries and mashed Yukon Gold + sweet potatoes, this basket was a ginormous amount of down home, hearty eatin’. Even though anything would have tasted good after almost eight hours without eating, this food seriously amazing.

In addition, the bathroom here also serves as a motivational speaker of sorts…

Live and let live. Life is what you make it. Life’s too short to (insert word here). Love yourself first. Be yourself, no one else.

Amen Palomino, Amen.

From there, we went on a massive hunt for cowboy boots…

…perused the city’s must-see landmarks…

…hung out with the Canadian women who secured voting rights for the ladies up nort’…

…and found creepy pink gophers.

Then, Susan + I met up with her high school friend Brynne, where we proceeded to get hit on by not one…not two…but SIX men. The bad part for us were they were either over the age of 50, drunkety drunk drunk drunk, horribly bad with pick-up lines or just plain creepy.

So, after more than 20 hours of being awake for me and 22 hours for Susan, we happily snuggled in our hostel beds and slept the night away dreaming of Alberta beef, rainy Calgarian days and the adventures of Banff before us.

Stay tuned for day 2 of the epic series…The Maritimer and The American!


Allison R. June 10, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Looks like you are having a blast! Can’t wait to see/hear more :)

Madeline - Greens and Jeans June 11, 2010 at 12:12 am

Those gophers are too freaking cute, as you are two!

Run Sarah June 11, 2010 at 12:18 am

You girls are awesome – can’t wait to hear more about your adventures, wish I was up there with you!

claire June 11, 2010 at 1:27 am

HA…seriously can’t wait for more recaps of your time up north lady. Sounds pretty eventful of course…and yes, I expect nothing less.

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete June 11, 2010 at 3:00 am

I have never been to Canada, and you are seriously making me excited about moving to the NW to visit up there! Hit on 6 times in one night? Holy cow lady! My record is 2 times. I need to borrow your perfume or something!

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 11, 2010 at 5:33 am

That pink gopher is kinda freaking me out! Looks like you had an awesome time, Holly!

Lauren June 11, 2010 at 5:37 am

Yay, you made it! So happy to see that you arrived safety! You and Susan look like you will be doing some serious damage in this town. Have a blast today!!! Can’t wait to hear more! :)

Erica June 11, 2010 at 5:45 am

hahahahhahah I love the picture of you sipping the coffee/ tea from the statue. Looks like fun so far :) Those fries look way crispy and yummy. Can’t wait to hear about the rest.

Whit June 11, 2010 at 6:50 am

Upon reading your description of the guys that hit upon you, I must take back the congratulations I offered on facebook. I imagined it was young, hot, sexy Canadian men. The 50+ crowd just doesn’t do it for me.

Jenna June 11, 2010 at 7:33 am

Canada is so beautiful! I absolutely love Calgary. Have fun you two. :)

Ally (Sweet & Savory) June 11, 2010 at 7:57 am

Holy garlic fries! Yum! Looks like you are having a great time:)

Hey – pretty sure you live in WI? I wanted to let you know I’m having a great giveaway for WI folks and other midwesteners… to the Organic Valley food festival in La Farge, WI in July, along with other products….might want to tell your friends in WI!

Brynne June 11, 2010 at 8:35 am

NO way .. there’s someone ELSE named Brynne out there??

Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) June 11, 2010 at 8:48 am

My gosh the peanut butter and bacon French toast!? You HAVE to go back for that! Not that the sandwich doesn’t look completely amazing…! Have fun – can’t wait to hear about the rest of the trip!

Jenna June 11, 2010 at 8:55 am

Have funnnn:)

Kristin (Salty Tooth) June 11, 2010 at 9:09 am

Those gophers are so creepy!

Jess June 11, 2010 at 9:11 am

What a fabulous time y’all are having. Can’t wait for part two :D

<3 jess

samantha June 11, 2010 at 9:38 am


have a grand ole’ time. and regale us with stories!

Jill June 11, 2010 at 11:01 am

Ahh! I can’t believe you are in Calgary and Banff! I LOVE your blog and I am so excited to read about your adventures in Alberta! I am from Calgary and worked in Banff for 2 years! If you need any suggestions of stuff to do let me know! Have fun!

Kailey (SnackFace) June 11, 2010 at 11:14 am

Ahhhh!!!! Looks like so much fun! Uhm, that gopher…

My momskie says there are no good men in Canada. I hope you prove her wrong!!!


Angharad June 11, 2010 at 11:35 am

This is all kinds of good. I am EXCITED to hear about the rest of your trip. Also, that Alberta cheesesteak looks seriously legit!

EEE. have fun!!

maxinthegym June 11, 2010 at 11:55 am

Looks like you’re having the time of your life up there! Watch out for those creepy older men! Hahahaha
The Alberta Cheesesteak sounds amayze! I’m looking forward to eating it in the near future haha

I can’t wait to read more about the rest of your trip! Have fun!

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) June 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I want the Alberta Cheesesteak!!!!!!!!!

Have a blast!

Katie June 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Aw, you guys are so cute. That gopher, however, is not. Creeper. Have a blast, can’t wait to read about the shenanigans. :-)

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) June 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Don’t know why, but you look SO dang familiar to me! Looks like you’re owning Canada….show em what we Sconnies can do!

Danielle (Runs on Green) June 11, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Have fun!!

Gophers are cute in real life…whyd they have to make that one all pink & angry-looking??

Adrien June 12, 2010 at 12:17 am

Welcome to Canada! Isn’t it the best?!

I hope you’ve managed to find timbits and some delicious coffee that isn’t starbucks or tim horton’s- though some would say it’s good..

Katie June 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Aw, love when you just click with another blogger! Looks like you guys are having a blast… can’t wait to read more!

Brooke June 14, 2010 at 3:05 pm

TGFB… Thank God For Bloggers. Seriously, I feel like every blogger I’ve met in person has become my BFF. Kailey, Olivia.. etc etc. WE ARE JUST SO COOL and appreciate GOOD BURR and LIVIN!



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