Day 11, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta


 

Our day started early once again, and after a quick breakfast of yogurt, cherries and coffee we hit the road.  As we ate our breakfast, some of our neighbours came to wish us well.   I also noticed one little prairie dog had been munching on the grasshoppers that had been killed on the front of our grill!  The little so and so was actually inside the bumper next to the radiator when I finally shewed him away!

Clearly sorry to see us leave!

Everything was pretty dry to pack up, save for some condensation on the inside of the tent.  Five minutes of the fly sheet opened on the ground and it too was dry!

 

 

On the road by 9, we headed towards Medicine Hat for lunch and a car wash!  The dirt roads had completely coated the car and we would be covered in dust each time we got something out of the back of the car!

 

The route took us through more picturesque prairie landscape.

 

Another stoic prairie sight
I’m sure I heard the driver saying “I think I can, I think I can” as we passed this heavily loaded vehicle.
Entering Alberta the vistas were still of vast prairies

Entering onto Alberta, we experienced the same rolling hills of farmland. Very flat compared to where we are going tomorrow! Past Medicine Hat we headed north west to the park and the topography changed dramatically! Back to the badlands we came!! The valley was narrower than in Grasslands, but no mistaking the moonscape environment of this area.

We’re back in the badlands!

We were able to check in at 3 pm ( apparently an hour early!) and set up camp, again in the extreme heat!  Tonight after dinner we will treat ourselves to showers ( much needed as Grasslands only had running water for drinking and cooking – good enough to rinse off the day’s grime, but nothing like a shower!!)

Our campsite at Dinosaur Provincial Park

Once set up, I fed my starter (yes, I’m going to try and make some sour dough English muffins at some point!) and then we took shelter in the shade for a couple of hours before heading out on a short hike.

Bubbling starter, finally fed. Look at the red sun in the background! Just a sign of the ash clouding the sky from the BC fires.

Our hikes took us along the Red River Valley which is home to this park. A lovely mix of scrub, allowed us to spot some interesting wildlife.

A mule deer just out with a friend for an evening snack
Perhaps a Wilson’s Warbler, not sure but he was proud as punch to show off his colours.
A proud cottonwood fighting to survive as the flood plain dries more year after year.

After our walk and shower, we felt alive once more. Ready for a good night’s sleep then off to Banff National Park tomorrow! Until then…

Categories: 2021 C2C2C Exploring Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast - a 40th Anniversary Tour

6 comments

  1. Chapeau! You guys are truly intrepid adventurous explorers, to take Sough Dough Starter on your journey! I look forward to seeing the results and to receiving the recipe after you have returned. I take it you will bake the muffins in a Dutch oven, unless you have taken a gas oven with you as well as the kitchen sink! Buen Camino! Stay safe! Stay negative!

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  2. We do live in an amazing country; sorry I am so late to catching up on your trip but life as a retired person is very busy especially now that we can connect with family and friends.

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