The best summer vacations I can remember were spent at Neskowin on the Oregon coast. My parents and all of their friends would gather every summer (or at least it seemed like every summer) and there would be eating, swimming, sand castle building, mini golf on the beach, whiffle ball tournaments, and birthday celebrations. All the adults drank fancy cocktails and everyone was happy.
At some point on each trip, we would go to the Pixie Kitchen for dinner, Yachats for agate collecting, and Sea Lion Caves to see the sea lions.
One one of those trips (I’m gonna guess 1978), I picked up this tiny fork and spoon set from the tacky little gift shop at Sea Lion Caves.
Today, we celebrate the Canadian province of Alberta, known for its rugged mountains and many fossil discoveries.
The spoon I’ve chosen to represent Alberta is, of course, the Drumheller spoon. This little town about an hour northeast of Calgary was named after its founder, Captain Samuel Drumheller, who purchased land there in 1910.
But what Drumheller is most famous for is the World’s Largest Dinosaur. It stands at 86 feet tall and weighs over 145,000 pounds. For $4.00, you can climb the 106 stairs up into her (yes, she’s a she, apparently) gaping jaws and get an amazing view of the Badlands.
She looks so tiny on the spoon. I think it might be time for a road trip to visit in person!
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