We hit the road for Calgary by 10:30 Saturday morning. With the concert not starting until 7:30, I wasn’t about to pass up my Saturday morning sleep-in. This back to work thing and getting up early, is challenging!
We checked into the Fairfield Inn and Suites on 12th Ave and gave our keys to the valet attendant. Valet parking was a first for us but with limited parking in downtown Calgary, we didn’t have a choice. Immediately my mind flashed to many movies from the ’80s and ’90s where the valet attendant take your vehicle for a joyride, ripping up the strip. Silly, I know, but I’m sure I’m not the first person to have these thoughts. Regardless, the drop off was smooth, but the pickup was unorganized – I’ll get to that later.
Our room was pretty sweet. A one bedroom queen suite. Normally we don’t stay in such an elaborate room, or such a fancy hotel, but by the time we booked our room, most hotels within walking distance to the Saddledome, where Garth was playing, were sold out. Our room had 2 queen beds and tv on the bedroom side, and a pullout couch and tv on the other. Although our time in the room was limited, it was nice not to have to listen to YTV when we were getting ready for our night out.
We ventured to 17th Ave for supper. Not wanting anything to eat anything to heavy, we ended up at Local Pub 510. Minors were allowed until 9pm. Cara wasn’t too impressed to eat at a pub. Clearly, this girl is a tad high maintenance and can be hard to impress at times. Lol! What does our future hold! Ekkkkkk! The atmosphere was relaxed and rustic, and filled with concert goers like us. The service was great and the beer was cold, but the meal itself was nothing to write home about.
We arrived at the Saddledome to find thousands of people ahead of us in line. Garth’s 3 o’clock show had just gotten out causing the 7:30 show to be backed up. By this point, Cara was complaining about her feet in her cowgirl boots, and JT needed to hit the bathroom, again! Who invited these kids anyway? Lol! Luckily, I spotted the ‘West Entrance’ with minimal people, so we hoofed it up a couple flights of stairs and were at our seats in no time.
Our seats we’re in section 225, row 4. The view was decent, but I found myself looking at the big screen more than the stage, not because of the view but because of the lack there of… the lady beside me was dancing up a storm.
When Garth came on stage, all 20,000 fans erupted. I was pumped and so were the kids. Cara and JT were excited to be allowed to scream, I was just excited to be there. To me, Garth is like Elvis. Iconic! A legend! A music mastermind! Someone everyone needs to experience live. Needless to say, I was in awe. It’s been 6 years since Clive and I saw Garth in Vegas and that was amazing, so I knew we were in for a great show.
Garth puts on a great show. At 55, that man has so much energy. It was fun seeing Cara and JT get their groove on to many of his oldies. Their eyes lit up when Garth told us to ‘light things up’ for Thunder Rolls. Thousands of cell phone flashlights danced in the crowd, and Cara and JT were quick to follow suit. Garth’s song selection focused on his ‘oldies’ which are by far my favorite.
As my experience 6 years ago, my concert highlight was definitely when Garth sang, Friends in Low Places. I love that song! 20,000 people singing along made the song even more powerful. Thanks for a great night, Garth!
Included with our room at the Fairfield was one of the best complimentary breakfasts we’ve ever had. Clive joked about getting his money worth, lol! The service was phenomenal with 3 people attending to our needs and garbage.
Besides one of the elevators being out of commission during our stay (not fun when you’re on the 9th floor, with kids), the only other mishap was waiting for our truck from the valet. We waited, and waited, watch others come and go, and waited some more. It wasn’t until Clive remind them that we were still waiting (30 minutes later), that they finally brought our truck around. Due to limited parking spots in front of the hotel, the attendant attempted to parallel park in a tight spot. I just shook my head, this should be interesting, I thought to myself. His attempt was definitely a miss because the front end was left in oncoming traffic, making for a rushed get in and get out scenario.
On our way home now, with a pile of math to be marked. I never leave home without my bin of marking. We had a great weekend and I’m looking forward to our next family adventure!
Cara’s Highlight – Going to see Garth Brooks and spending time with my family.
JT’s Highlight – The new light up shoes we bought him, oh and Garth Brooks.
Clive’s Highlight – Our first concert as a family.