|Mural downtown Blackie|
Blackie, Alberta, a great place to rest and enjoy at least ten things among others, is located forty minutes or forty-one kilometres south-east of Okotoks.
We park Big White in the downtown area and walk around this unobtrusive town.
We introduce ourselves and speak with a woman on Railroad Avenue who is washing her 100-year-old home and her modern car with a power hose.
“Mostly what the locals do here is restore cars”, she says.
We assign her general impression of Blackie as number 1 and her heritage home as 2.
3. We take pleasure peeking through the windows of a number of abandoned buildings. Each one has a unique aspect to it. The largest building is the lumber yard, another has two distinct doors and is made of stucco and brick.
|Abandoned lumber yard building|
4. Our strole includes sitting for a short time on a dedicated bench in the Blackie Hill Playground. We are reminded of the extraordinary fun you can have as carefree children. Here, they romp up and down a mound, sticks in hand, shouting with glee.
|Blackie Hill Park|
5. Our search for a safe, quiet place to rest overnight takes us to Blackie's Lion’s Club campground. The area is clean and well-cared for. The $10.00 overnight payment is rewarding.
6, 7. Along our way, we stop to contemplate graffiti-covered rail cars set to a background of towering grain elevators.
8. The telephone hanging on the wall of one of the buildings catches our attention and we share a conversation about how fast our world is progressing.
9. We finish our self-directed tour around this good-feeling settlement with a refreshing beverage at the local restaurant ‘Home Food Inn’.
10. Welcome to Blackie.
|Blackie welcome sign|
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