Rewind day 3: Back on the prairies

We left Golden in a smoky haze.

This was especially disappointing as we had hoped to visit one of the parks or glacier lakes nearby. I live to hike. But it was quite obvious that visibility was going to be a huge problem.

Instead, we headed to Canmore.

We had ice cream (coconut!) and visited the local indie book store.

And I bought some handmade soap because really this whole trip has apparently just been a very elaborate plot to visit every boutique soap maker in the country.

Then we drove to Calgary. At this point we were supposed to have been camping for about a week, so we pre-booked a hotel with magical facilities like bathtubs and pillows. Also there was a pool with a water slide and room service. And I managed to squeeze in a trip to a wine bar too.

Some stats:

  • Total distance: 7850 km

Day 6: In the Badlands

We left Saskatoon bright and early and headed off to Alberta.

Big prairie sky
Oil country

Our trip was slowed down by folks moving houses on trucks across the prairies and blocking all lanes of traffic. Twice.

Anyone need me to pick them up a thresher?

We visited the Alberta Badlands. This area contains a large number of dinosaur fossils, so we stopped in Drumheller to visit the Royal Tyrell Museum and go see them.

In the badlands
Royal Tyrell Museum
Size chart
Learning about dinos

Then off to Calgary (our first big city so far!) where we stayed with family. On the menu: Alberta beef of course!

Cow town

Some stats:

  • Deer: 3
  • Suit + cowboy hat: 1
  • Elk: 1
  • Houses on trucks blocking all lanes of traffic: 2
  • Total distance: 4103 km
In the badlands
Sunny day in the badlands