Thurs. Jul. 14, 2011: Medicine Hat, AB ~ Badlands ~ Calgary, AB (3:10am local time)
14.07.2011 - 14.07.2011
And here we are again: in a new city, after 3am and I’m trying to keep eyes open, while Jer finishes work (hopefully for good during this trip).
Calgary Stampede Rodeo is tomorrow – as long as we can fix the truck’s mysterious signal clicking and squeaking. (Grrr). Thanks again, Prairie storms, for the car souvenir!
Today was more like a vacation. We left Medicine Hat, after cruising and checking out some sights (World’s Largest Teepee and Historic Clay District) and finding a cache or two.
We drove to Dinosaur Provincial Park and hiked through the Badlands under a hot sun and desert-like wind. Hidden in this thirsty, barren landscape are villainous species of wildlife, and so many prehistoric bones, cacti, and massive rounded rocks striped with bright clay, black/blue coal and red scoria blends that bear the sedimentary scars of the ages.
Then we landed in Calgary. The late afternoon country sun blazed our shoulders through the open sun-roof as I set the iPod to Johnny Cash and we rolled into town.
We have a long way to go. The truck has to take us there…
On Facebook, I recalled the last couple of days:
I now know what a Prairie storm is. It rains lightning, I think. Today, we hiked in the Badlands. Tomorrow, the Rodeo. The West is indeed WILD so far.