And from park to park. We left Saskatchewan Landing this morning after breakfast, coffee, and a brief chat with a fellow camper. She, her daughter, and a friend were heading across the country to New Foundland. She was interested in our hammocks and touring setup. We were interested in her nifty trailer! It was a teardrop that expanded. Made in Quebec. Very cool!
NMBL and I decided to take the Trans Canada again. It’s not as exciting as taking the secondaries but we couldn’t be assured of fuel when needed. So the #1 called and we answered. The ride was easy and uneventful. No tire pieces or gulls hitting us. We moved west at assn easy clip, passing places we had seen in the other direction. A stop in Moose Jaw and Swift Current for gas. A quick wave at Maple Creek as it went by. On to Alberta.
In Medicine Hat we hit a Timmie’s for a break and a chat with some other bikers. We talked about good places to ride, touring, the weather… the usual stuff. All in all today was an unassuming day in the saddle. What really mattered was our destination: Dinosaur Provincial Park. It’s a special place; badlands tucked away in the prairie and a USNESCO World Heritage Site. Yes please!
We rolled into Brooks, fueled up, ate some terrible fast food (WHY?!) and followed our directions plus road signs to the park. The road was typical prairie; relatively flat and straight as a pin. Our first glimpse was off to the right. The cut in the earth was just there, teasing us in. As we rode up to the park sign and over the lip of the valley NMBL asked “Do you have the camera on?” Good reminder. BOOP! Now I do.
It felt like we were living the images from the Mars rover. With trees. The valley is breathtaking. Red layered rock, sediments laid down over millions of years and then carved out by water for millions of years more. The evolution of our earth is on grand display here.
We rode into the campground and picked out a unique spot. Site 31 has a pergola. For the first time we’re hanging on a man made structure and it looks very cool. Pictures are coming. We’ve hung the hammocks so that the rising sun will be at our backs lighting the coulee ahead of us.
We’ve had a walk into the coulees and hoodoos as the sun was setting. All the crevasses and crannies were lit and shadowed in spectacular fashion. Hopefully the photos look half as good as the real thing. Again, we’re watching this in real HD.
Since we set up the hammocks we’ve had so many comments on our gear. The latest: “Sweet setup guys!” Thanks man. One family from Vancouver Island, traveling to Nova Scotia, was very curious about the gear. The dad was so impressed that he took pictures. That’s what it’s like when you hammock instead of tent. It’s rare person who does this kind of camping. At the moment that is. I think you’ll start to see many more taking this kind of setup with them, especially hikers, minimalist campers, and motorcyclists. Oh, and people who want more comfort than the ground has to offer.
That’s it for now. I’m going to enjoy the camp fire with NMBL for a bit. Tomorrow it’s off to Drumheller for two nights and a look through the Royal Tyrrell Museum. DINOSAURS!