Wed. Jul. 13: Regina, SK ~ Medicine Hat, AB (5:50am local time)
13.07.2011 - 13.07.2012
Whoops! We were so exhausted by the time we rolled into Medicine Hat that we grabbed food, could barely eat it, and we passed right out in our separate corners of the hotel room until just now.
Yesterday, we woke up in Regina and off we went, again. I had jogged around a few blocks of downtown, before commerce was really awake, while Jer slept.
We toured the town quickly, (saw the RCMP Museum, Legislative Building, Wascana Center),
then drove to Moose Jaw to meet Mack the Moose and see the murals downtown,
then went to Buffalo Pound Provincial Park to view hills and coulees and a few specs of buffalo way up on the hill.
I am delighted by the brilliant yellow Canola fields that stretch out in immeasurable distances towards an infinite horizon, and by the trains that cut across the landscape, carrying little multi-coloured cargo boxes across the bottom of the azure sky in slow motion.
Later, driving, we watched the storm roll in. (And Boy, was it wild!)
And then we passed Swift Current…And drove into a WORSE storm. I had tears in my eyes. I’ve never seen such wild, powerful lightning.
I thought we might not make it.
We saw the Prairie skies rain lightning…. At about 4pm, the sky went dark as night and the road and horizon abandoned us to seek its own shelter against a torrential flood of rain so hard and relentless, it threatened to smash our windshield. Pulled over on the side of the road, being the tallest vessel for miles, parked on a flat, vulnerable black landscape that radiated with white electricity striking all around us like a strobe-light, I felt powerless and afraid.
It was one of the most intense times in my life.
Nothing left in the tank now. Back to bed now to hopefully refuel...
Because ahead is the real fun stuff.