Bill, Mary Ellen & Bowie - Newfoundland 2018 travel blog

Fire scarred hills in Waterton Lakes

Prince of Wales Hotel

Waterton Lake

Hoodoo (one of many)

Milk River in Writing on Stone PP

Prairie Grassland


May 19 Happily we wake up to no rain and the cloud is high enough that we can at least enjoy the mountain scenery before we leave Waterton Lakes. As we go for our morning walk a group of deer wander through the town site (Bowie is not sure what to make if them). The Prince of Wales hotel is still there surrounded by burnt forest and is just about to open for the season. We were able to walk around the grounds and see the stunning view down the lake. On our drive out of the park a bear put in an appearance and crossed the road while all of us tourists stopped to look. We will definitely come back here another time. Leaving the National Park we travel along back roads through some of the smallest one stop “towns” I have ever seen. We have definitely left the mountains behind us and instantly it is flat southern Alberta ranch country. We have crossed the grass and ranch land before but the difference this time is it spring and the prairie grass is green and full of small flowers. It is beautiful in its flat expansive horizon.

Our goal was to make it to Writing On Stone Provincial Park but we knew we were pressing our luck to get in on a long weekend with no reservation but we tried anyway. No luck, but we did find a place in a municipal campground in Milk River. We did groceries, laundry and had a walk around a very quiet town that is 4 blocks square.

My 20th Today we had clear blue skies for our travels and they made for majestic distance views of plowed fields, brilliant blue ponds of water and ancient volcanic mountains in Montana. We stopped at Writing on Stone and took the self-guided walk of the hoodoos and petroglyphs. Even though the park was full the guided walk was empty of people except for a few brave folks. We got to enjoy the silence with only the sounds of birds and wind. It is understandable that this place is very spiritual for the Blackfoot people. This is a must for anybody travelling through southern Alberta. From there we travelled east on lesser hwys until we were on gravel roads leading to Cypress Hills Inter Provincial Park on the Alberta/ Saskatchewan border. We saw numerous groups of prong horn deer, hawks and heard the most amazing story from a man in Foremost, who told us the local school had to be locked down because 4 moose came to town last winter and wouldn’t leave. We could not figure out for the life of us where they came from as you can probably see for more than 50 kms in any direction on this flat prairie. Just to the west of Foremost we came upon a herd of cattle being moved to a new location by several men riding atv’s, the modern western rancher. Ended the day in Cypress Hiils where we luckily found a spot on Sunday evening of the long weekend. Bill will tell you a sad tale that I mistakenly put mayonnaise on his sandwich while making dinner this evening. It’s not true but he is milking it for everything it is worth. PS for those of you who don’t know he abhors anything white on his food, mayonnaise, yogurt, sour cream, etc, For the first time the bugs are so bad that Bill has built a smudge fire to keep them at bay.

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