After a full week of being sick, we decided to take a little break and get into nature a little bit. Elijah and I have both lived in Calgary our entire lives but have never been to the Okotoks “Big Rock” and no kidding… its huge. We looked into the history of this big rock and its apparently from Jasper… Jasper! We drove there last year and thats one long drive, so how a piece of the mountain made it all the way here is absolutely amazing.
For more history check it here! The Blackfoot story for how the rock split in half is probably my favourite though.
One hot summer day, Napi, the supernatural trickster of the Blackfoot peoples, rested on the rock because the day was warm and he was tired. He spread his robe on the rock, telling the rock to keep the robe in return for letting Napi rest there. Suddenly, the weather changed and Napi became cold as the wind whistled and the rain fell. Napi asked the rock to return his robe, but the rock refused. Napi got mad and just took the clothing. As he strolled away, he heard a loud noise and turning, he saw the rock was rolling after him. Napi ran for his life. The deer, the bison and the pronghorn were Napi’s friends, and they tried to stop the rock by running in front of it. The rock rolled over them. Napi’s last chance was to call on the bats for help. Fortunately, they did better than their hoofed neighbours, and by diving at the rock and colliding with it, one of them finally hit the rock just right and it broke into two pieces.
Have a look through our little adventure, plus meet our new friends Jeff & Beth! They are pretty awesome. Both of them live in Okotoks and were just hanging out and took us up the rock (Sorry Okotoks) We had a blast getting to know them, Jeff is a bull rider who competes locally and will be in the Cowboys for a Cure in Cochrane end of May! You can bet we’ll be there cheering him on! and Beth is just an all around sweetheart! Shes gorgeous and has a great down to earth personality.
If either of you find this please contact us!!! We are sad we didn’t trade information on Friday!