Since I was working this weekend at Safeway, I got some co-workers to cover my shifts at around noon on Friday, Jordon showed up at my work and picked up essential supplies like some Pepsi, Diet Coke, iced tea, granola bars, and some Twizzlers for the trip. After a short bit we were off.
As I climbed into the 2016 Ford Explorer, I couldn’t help but notice that there were seats where there were none before. The back area has two seats and Oliver was in the third row of them. He was buckled up and pretty pleased he had to share space with no one. That left the middle row to Mark who was just as happy.
The Explorer is really nice on a road trip like this. Oliver played his Nintendo 3DS XL in the back seat and wasn’t heard of for three hours. Mark chilled out and read in the middle row of seats and never said a word. Beside him was a small cooler we had that was full of ice and goodies. He distributed the pop and the treats.
Up front there was a lot of room. I wasn’t feeling good on Friday and had a sore lower back. While Jordon was fiddling with his seat, he found the control to the seat massager. Combine that and some heat, I was in a much better frame of mind. It really made a big difference. There is a low and high function for the massager. I found the high a little too much but the low was perfect.
For the ride down, we had ESPN Radio the entire way. There are all sorts of charging jacks in the Explorer which are perfect for iPods or the iPhone but once with Sirius Satellite radio, what more do you need? There are so many options.
Ford booked us a hotel at the Motel 6 in Swift Current. The hotel is gorgeous. We had a suite and kitchenette. We didn’t really need one since we were only there for a night but I took the drinks out of the cooler and put them into the fridge and the ice back into the freezer. Jordon wrote that the room felt like an Ikea showroom. He was right. From the color to the platform beds, it looked and felt like an Ikea.
The beds were comfortable, the room was quiet until about 3 a.m. when a parade of loud drunks wandered in but all things considered but that only loud for a couple of minutes. The hotel has fast wifi, the lobby had free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. All things considered it was a really nice hotel. I’d not only stay again but it would be my go to hotel in the area.
For dinner, everyone suggested Tong’s Wok. It is gorgeous in there and I recommend you eat there if you are in or passing through Swift Current. We ordered the meal for four. Instead it looked like a meal for 8. We were all hungry and ate exactly half of it. The portion sizes are out of this world.
Saturday morning we got up really early so we would have some time to explore a bit of Swift Current. We grabbed breakfast at a packed Humpty’s and then went to Cypress Motors Ltd. where we picked up our tickets for the 2016 Women’s World Curling Championships.
After that we explored downtown Swift Current and saw the gorgeous First United Church and the downtown core.
At noon was the opening ceremonies at the Credit Union iPlex.
Our tickets were split up so Oliver and Mark watched from a row higher than we were while Jordon and I sat below.
The M.C. was talking and all of a sudden he was interrupted by 13 bag pipes going all out and a squadron of drummers as the teams marched in. It totally drowned out the iPlex’s sound system which was both funny and awesome. There is nothing like 13 bag pipers marching in athletes from all over the world to get your heart beating.
Of course Canada came in to a large and loud cheer. There were many short speeches and the World’s were underway.
There was about 90 minutes to kill between the opening ceremonies and the first draw. Instead of leaving for a bit and rushing back, we saw the food selection at the iPlex and ordered there. Such a better food selection than what SaskTel Centre has in Saskatoon. I was happy, the boys were happy, my wallet was happy. This is what stadium food should be. Of course is was right beside the souvenir area. Jordon wanted to buy me a toque that looked like a curling stone. I vetoed that but he did get me an event shirt and some curling rock earrings. Oliver was adamant that he got a Canadian Flag to wave. How could one say no to that request.
Our tickets were right beside the house for the Canada-Denmark game. I had no idea what was happening at the far end but you could hear everything that was said in the Canada-Denmark game. The seats next to us were empty so Mark and Oliver moved down to where we were. Watching four games at once is challenging but as the Canada-Denmark game went on and went into extra ends, the entire stadium was full of tension. When Canada won the game not only was everyone happy but relieved as well.
Now we need some shots of Canada.
Sitting in a stadium seat for several hours didn’t help my back that much. After leaving, stretching and heading north up Highway #4, I turned out the heat on my seat and it felt amazing. I know heated seats are sold as a winter feature but on a day like yesterday, they are worth so much more than helping the car stay warm, they really make a big difference when I wasn’t feeling great. It’s a great SUV and made this trip a lot of fun.