Saskatchewan --> Alberta's Dinosaur Hotspot

Trip Start May 01, 2010
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Trip End Aug 14, 2010


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Bottom of a Canyon

Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Kilometres Driven = Somewhere in the region of 4000km :)

We crossed the border into Alberta, with much pride that we had made it thus far! We made a pitstop for a much needed Tim Horton's (our first since leaving Ottawa!) What with the yummy doughnuts and free wifi, we spent way tooo long here and therefore left too late to get to the park/designated campsite! We planned to stay in a rest area but drove past the one in Medicine Hat. We continued on until our eyes refused to stay open, finding a Lorry Turnout where we could quickly park up by the roadside and catch some zzzz's before moving off early.Caryl curled up by the steering wheel , whilst Livi climbed in the back and slept on all sorts! As all of our other mornings have turned out, we slept through the alarm and managed to pull off a lie-in just off the Trans Canada Highway!! Impressive stuff! 

Needing to 'freshen up' we found the nearest retail park offering washrooms. Good old Safeway! We both crept into the 1 customer toilet - quickly brushing our teeth and combing hair - while a queue of impatient customers waited outside for us. Oh what looks we received when the two of us stepped out with toothbrushes and towels in hand! We quickly picked up some essentials - broccoli and carrots - and headed back to the car. We thought we'd check if there was any wifi in the area and good old Safeway came through again! We finally moved on after using all the amenities they offer and headed for Dinosaur Park.

Really sunny day today - and a great drive to the Park which seems to emerge out of nowhere! We drove into beautiful canyons almost forgetting we were still in Canada - Grand Canyon eat your heart out. After pitching our tent in the first designated campsite of the trip, we reorganised our messy car, cooked some vegetable rice courtesy of Caryl's cooking abilities, and sunbathed for the most part of the afternoon :). Seeing as the sun was getting low we set out to climb some canyons for a good lookout to watch the sunset. Ignoring the 'please keep on trail' signs we carefully and respectfully freelanced our way to a high vantage point. Our timing was pretty off and there was probably a good hour to go - running out of things to say to each other and a bit peckish we promised ourselves we'd get back to camp quickly eat and resume our positions on the canyon. We missed it. Got too carried away with dinner and then a game of American Snap. Card games are difficult to play with only two but we found the perfect game that would preoccupy us and keep us from going to bed so early - its still a bit freaky being outside in the dark! 

Next day we explored the Park and fossil huts there. The park houses the world's largest collection of dinosaur fossils for its size. They were amazing and we got the chance to see a near-complete Albertosaurus (only its head missing!) Each year they still discover loads of bones and we kept our eyes peeled on our walk. The sun was beating down on us and we tanned a fair bit today :).
We had to be out of the campsite by 2 so went back around this time to have cooked lunch before setting off to Drumheller! 

Wow.. Drumheller, what a place! A place to see once but never again! It takes its dinosaur heritage way toooo far, on each corner there is a model dinosaur - pretty outdated and paint-chipped. The main attraction is the world's largest steel and plaster rex! oh my, what a sight ! But atleast we can tick it off our list of things to do before we die!

Daddy Morten, our honorary crocodile, made us fit in just perfectly. (Though we did look as though we were on a dinosaur pilgrimage! what with our cuddly mascot evolved from dinosaur species!)

After seeing the state of Drumheller we decided a night here would be a waste of our time (and money!) so continued on to Calgary :). 
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