A Glimps of History Being Made

Today we were fortunate enough to go see a bit of history being made.  The Olympic Torch made its way through Stratford this afternoon on it’s way to Vancouver.  This relay is especially signficant because it this the longest relay in history – 106 days, visiting over 1000 communities, and travelling over 45,000 km (that’s 28,000 miles).  It left Victoria BC on October 30, 2009 and will arrive in Vancouver BC on February 12, 2010 – what an amazing journey!  Check out the interactive map – very cool. 

We went downtown this morning with Matt’s parents, all decked out in our Team Canada gear and celebrated with the thousands of others who came out to see the torch.   Alex fell asleep about 30 minutes in and missed the torch going by, but we have lots of pictures and videos.

With Miga, one of the Olympic Mascots

The crowds rolling into downtown Stratford

Alex missing out on the fun

Me with one of the past Torchbearers (don't know his name - oops!)

Olympian Julia Wilkinson, one of the local torchbearers making her way past (we had been in the front row until all the budding occurred)

Alex just waking up from his nap - not sure what is going on.

All in all it was a lot of fun – a little cold, but fun.  There were protesters – of course – but I yelled at them since they were standing literally a foot behind me shouting- and Alex was sleeping.  Surprisingly an angry mother scares protesters because they shut up and moved on – who would have thought?