So, how do you know you are in Merritt?
Easy… everywhere and anywhere there are cowboy hats, pick up trucks, murals and country music. Me? I am not a country music lover nor do I line dance or two step. Many parts of Canada are very country just not for me. I missed the country gene when they were giving them out.
Nope… I am more of a classic rock, blues, bluegrass, jazz and reggae type of guy. I like my music slow and words happy. Allot of it has to do with growing up on the laid back west coast of Canada. It is home to folk festivals.
When I dance to music it is barefoot in the sand around a bonfire. No rhythm. No timing. And always with two left feet. It ain’t no masterpiece that is for sure but I can shake my booty with the best of them.
When we arrived in Merritt, B.C. we parked the “Road Warrior” and walked the streets of town hunting down murals. To save some time we picked up a self guided map so to assist us in our mural hunting adventure.
The murals in Merritt portray country music stars past and present. There are some amazing murals and there are some not so amazing ones. But the good news is… most are professionally painted and many are on the side of the downtown buildings which line the main streets.
I know I said earlier I am no country music fan and I meant it. But, like any male in this country, I do have to contend with school boy crushes.
So … when we came across the mural of Carrie Underwood I could not resist the temptation to release my inner boy hood crush onto her.
I tip-toed over to her mural and I puckered up and gave her a peck on her lips. For a moment it felt so real and then I woke up.
“Crazy Canuck,” I thought to myself.
There I was kissing an old building and my brother laughing at me from a distance camera clicking.
Many of the “big name” country singers who have played at the world famous Merritt Country Music Festival have had a mural painted after them. The Merritt festival is an event which is an absolute crazy barn dance with no barn just allot of twang. Bring your cowboy hat to this one!
While walking the streets of Merritt, B.C. you may notice some monuments of hand prints also lining the streets. The hand prints are of country music stars also.
When the day neared its end and we were about to sneak some Internet time in at the local coffee shop called Timmys (Tim Hortons) we met Ian Tyson.
Well… not the real Ian Tyson but the hand print of Ian Tyson. It was the closest we would ever get to shaking his hand. So, here at Timmys in Merritt, B.C. we shook hands with Ian Tyson.
A great end to a day of star gazing. Maybe I could be converted over to country music after all?