Last weekend was the start of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw. My sibings and I got our Mama tickets to the event for Christmas - Toni had a prior commitment for the weekend so it was just me, Mama, Kenton, and Kels who got away for the long weekend. Curling is tied with football for my favourite sport (you won't understand unless your Canadian) and after years and years of watching the Scotties on tv it was about damn time we were able to watch our favourites live.
We got to Moose Jaw late Friday night and the first game was at 2:00 on Saturday afternoon. The Hot Shots competition was before the first game, where players have to make certain shots for the chance to win a 2 year lease on a vehicle, so we got to the arena early so we could take in the semifinal and final of the Hot Shots competition. My favourite curler of all time, Jennifer Jones (skip of the defending Olympic champion team thankyouverymuch), was on the ice and seeing her that close was so surreal. I was a little starstruck, I must admit.
With the Scotties being in Saskatchewan this year there was definitely no shortage of fan support. I've watched the Scotties on tv for over 20 years (!) and realize now that nothing will beat the real thing! I've been trying to convince everyone to head back this weekend for the finals (to no avail - darnit!). I think I might be thisclose to convincing my Mama that we really do need to go to Vegas for the Continental Cup next year though. Two of my favourite things at once? Sign me up!
The hotel we stayed at was full of other curling fans. There was a shuttle that took us back and forth from the arena and on Sunday morning we were lucky enough to be able to ride the shuttle with two 'celebrities' - Mike McEwen and Brent Laing, both amazing curlers but also the significant others of two players from my favourite team. Definitely a highlight of my weekend!
Most people don't understand my love of curling and that's alright - to each their own! After this weekend the curling season will be almost over (insert sad face here) and then the countdown to football season is on! But first, I have to make it through the finals. Have I mentioned that my favourite team is actually from a neighbouring (and rival?) province? And that they may end up facing Saskatchewan in the finals? I honestly don't know what I'll do if that happens...
Moose Jaw has two big tourist 'traps' the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa and the Tunnels that run underneath the downtown area connecting businesses that were used during the prohibition day. Kels had never been to the tunnels and done the tours - Kenton and I both went on class trips in Grade 8 after reading the Tunnels of Time books - so after spending some time at the casino in between draws on Sunday we went to see The Chicago Connection tour. It has been a loooong time since I was in Grade Eight so it was pretty neat to rediscover the tunnels all over again. Mama stayed behind at the casino trying to win us some big money so we could afford to stay the rest of the week at the curling event (it didn't work... haha)
Besides passing through it almost every weekend for two years in College I haven't spent much time in Moose Jaw. I was surprised to find how many good restaurant options there were and all within close range of Mosaic Place, where the Scottie's were being held. We ate supper at The Crushed Can on Sunday before the last draw after a recommendation from a lady on our shuttle ride from the hotel to the arena and it did not disappoint. I think a weekend at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in MJ is necessary so I also have an excuse to go to The Crushed Can again. We ate lunch at Brown's Social House on Monday afternoon before our last draw of the day before heading home (boooo) and not only was the food great but the Bellini I had (pictured below) was out of this world AND only $5. Win win! O-town is extremely limited on its dining options so its always nice to get to a city and enjoy a few meals out
I hope everyone elses February has been going great and HAPPY FRIDAY! Cheers to the weekend!