No pictures today, except at the end. While I want to record the places we visited today while passing the 12,000km mark, I want to close with a connection to Prince Edward Island.
From Lethbridge, we went past Fort MacLeod towards Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump. The museum is 7 stories, carved out of the rock face. We paid $11 for the privilege of walking the trail where the Crowfoot would lead the buffalo to a deadly fall. The museum is full of archeological artifacts from the last 3 centuries.
We moved along to Black Diamond – yes it has a black diamond on the main drag, and it also has a wonderful shop full of massive wood carvings. The town is quaint and reminiscent of old west villages. The next town West, Turner Valley, was equally quaint.
We went exploring the Elbow river looking for elbow falls. Although we did not find the falls, we enjoyed the scenery and got our first peek at the Rockies.
We did not go to Vulcan, because we would have missed Charesholm, which was one of our main reasons for visiting Southern Alberta.
It is just North of here that Tanner Craswell, Mitch Maclen and Tabitha Steppel met their death on the side of the road. The memorial stands about 3km North of Charesholm on Route 2, at the intersection of Township Road 130. The exact coordinates are
50 02 54 North
113 35 30 West
It is adorned with baseball caps, baseballs, beer bottles, teddy bears, a fairy, flowers and solar lights.
From PEI to Haida Gwaii, we stopped there for a few moments to remember