Cypress Hills and Medicine Hat
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I left Bird's hill and headed back into Winnipeg to send the last blog and get some gas, then after a moderate amount of faffing I finally got onto the highway bound for Moose mountain in Saskatchewan, but I couldn't decide If I should turn off early and head up to Riding mountain national park. Soon the decision was made for me by the exit coming up sooner than I expected. Rather than turn around I decided to 'go with it', after all I can't see absolutely everything on one trip, I'd be at it forever!
The weather was intermittently rainy, and I knew that the camp-ground would be at the very least damp when I got there. I finally rolled in around 10 just as the sun was setting, I'd made it into another province! Moose mountain provincial park is quite large, and I got caught up hunting around near the visitor centre for the camp-ground, only after further explorations did I discover that the camp-ground is a few clicks down the road, off I trundled and soon found the row of unreservable 'turn up and use' sites, unfortunately each one was totally saturated, so I decided I'd finally try out a night in the car.
I deliberately bought a nice long ford focus wagon for the exact purposes of, if the worse came to the worst I could lie out in the back and spend the night. Tonight was that night. Advantages: blocks a lot of campground noises. Disadvantages: everything else. I was thinking it would be warmer than the tent, nah-uh. More spacious: nope. Easier to get in and out: no. Less mosquitoes: no, in-fact more! Hmm I think i'll be leaving sleeping in the car to the absolute worst case scenario: If the camp ground was flooded and there was a yodelling convention on site.
By the following morning I had entangled myself in my sleeping bag so tightly I couldn't even squeak for help. The flood waters were rising around the car (for all I knew) and I'd soon have to perform Harry Houdini's underwater straight-jacket escape.
Back on the road, I headed north to get back on the Trans-Canada highway, only to find my way blocked. I flicked on the radio and discovered that the rising waters had overcome various areas of Saskatchewan, most of which i'd need to drive through. My trusty GPS took me further north on a curving path that would take me to the next highway entrance, only this was also shut. I moseyed into the local tourist info and found out what roads were shut. We planned a route that basically took be back past the camp-ground, so off I went and took the opportunity to re-start my time-lapse video for the day, starting back at the same site. 3 hours of driving and I had gone nowhere! Grrr. I took a new direction: south and through a method mostly involving expletives and mud I found my way to a highway entrance that was open.
The rest of the drive I was either being chased by, or catching up on a rain storm but I got some pictures of it as I passed. My destination was Cypress Hills inter-provincial park, It is astoundingly beautiful and I wish I'd spent more time there. I only stayed for one night, then I upped sticks and went to Medicine Hat (where I'm writing this from), to the old Medalta pottery where I caught a tour of the works.
Next: dinosaur provincial park and then on to Calgary