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Day 6

Thurs. Jul. 14, 2011: Medicine Hat, AB ~ Badlands ~ Calgary, AB (3:10am local time)

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.
Saamis Worlds Tallest Teepee

Saamis Worlds Tallest Teepee

Clay Industries National Historic District

Clay Industries National Historic District

Clay Factories

Clay Factories

Clay Factories

Clay Factories

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.
Dinosaur PPark Entrance

Dinosaur PPark Entrance

Glimpse from above of Dinosaur Provincial Park

Glimpse from above of Dinosaur Provincial Park

Driving down into Dinosaur Provincial Park

Driving down into Dinosaur Provincial Park

Barren Landscape

Barren Landscape

Our First Hoodos

Our First Hoodos

Dino Park

Dino Park

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Badlands for miles in all directions

Badlands for miles in all directions

Beautiful Day in the Badlands

Beautiful Day in the Badlands

Moon or Dino Park?

Moon or Dino Park?

Little Jer with Big badlands

Little Jer with Big badlands


Excavated Dino

Excavated Dino


Badlands

Badlands

Hoodoos

Hoodoos

We are a long way from home...

We are a long way from home...

Geocching in Danger Zone

Geocching in Danger Zone

Badlands

Badlands

Vast Landscape

Vast Landscape

Epic Adventure Shot of Me

Epic Adventure Shot of Me

Gnarly Tree Geocache

Gnarly Tree Geocache

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.
Black Gold

Black Gold

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.

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