Thursday, April 1, 2010

Riding the Cowcatcher with Lady Agnes


On a visit to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff, I met Lady Agnes. Well, I didn’t exactly meet her because she’s been dead for awhile, but I heard a pretty wild story about her.

From looking at her picture, you would think she was just a run-of-the-mill little old lady. Lady Agnes Macdonald proved that looks are often deceiving.

In 1886, Lady Agnes took a train trip across Canada. She was so thrilled with the beauty of the Rockies that she had someone attach a candle box to the cowcatcher at the front of the train. There she sat with her skirts whipping in the wind for the rest of the trip.

Now that’s my type of Grandma.

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