Today, we went from Medicine Hat to Writing on Stone provincial park. This park is open year round though the visitor centre operates only seasonally.
If you are within 500km, this is a must see. Even a good picture, which mine is not, cannot begin to describe the experience.
Standing like soldiers, on the side of the river basin, the hoodoos hold the stories of the natives that lived there hundreds of years ago.
From Medicine Hat, head West past Bow Island. A couple of Kilometres out of town, you will see the first of many blue signs leading you to Writing On Stone provincial park. If you prefer landmarks, then first and foremost, you need to head to Foremost Alberta. Then you follow the road towards Milk River and keep an eye out for those blue signs.
If you are coming from Calgary or Lethbridge, head for Milk River. As you take the sharp turn into town, you will see a visitor centre on your right with ROCKS and a dinosaur. The rock formations there are but a pale sample of what you will see in the park. If the centre is closed, continue towards route 50,direction Foremost.
It was sombre when we got there and my camera did not take a very good picture. Cindy will have better pictures on here blog, likely tomorrow. Check back at 2fromaway.ca for updates.
Whichever way you come in, complete the loop by leaving in the other direction. Like much of Midwestern Canada, this area is flat, but you enter the milk river valley several times during this trip. This is also high flat ground. Most of the area is at an altitude of 1000 metres above sea level. We peaked at about 1111 just outside Milk River.
Tonight we are in Lethbridge, windy home of the wind gauge. . . You should drop by the visitor information centre and see this curiosity.
Tomorrow we will zigzag our way to Calgary to get ready for a trip to the other badlands.