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Showing posts with label Drumheller. Show all posts
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Last Chance Saloon

I had to visit Last Chance Saloon.  It was not what I had expected but I got to see "Bee's Knees" and the small western town of Wayne.  You have to cross 11 bridges to get to Wayne.  I tried to keep count each time a bridge was crossed.  It was not a scenic drive because the river was very muddy green.  This trip was definitely out in the middle of No Where and I did not stop at the Last Chance Saloon for a drink!  I took my chances further down the road in Drumheller.

This is my favorite picture of Wayne.  It was two old rusty cars.  I am always looking for old cars and trucks left abandon sitting in fields or people's yard.  It just goes to show that there are rednecks in Canada too.

The Hoodoos a Land of Fairy Chimneys

A Hoodoo is also called a "fairy chimney."  These hoodoos are located in the heart of the Alberta Badlands.  The sediments comprising these hoodoos formed between 70 and 75 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period as clay and sand sediments from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation were deposited. These hoodoos have a unique mushroom-like appearance.  What fairy would use a hoodoo as a chimney?
I looked for a painting of a fairy and I like "Midsummer Eve."  Artist Edward Robert Hughes (5 November 1851 – 23 April 1914) was an English painter who worked in a style influenced by Pre-Raphaelitism and Aestheticism. One of his best known work is Midsummer Eve.

Ground Squirrels at Horse Thief Canyon

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Red Deer River


Late afternoon view of Red Deer River from North Dinosaur Trail.  Red Deer River is 450 mile long and got its name from the translation of Was-ka-soo which means "elk river" in the Cree language.

Drumheller's River Valley


More photos of the valley and Red Deer River.  I particularly liked the cloud formation over the valley.

Horse Thief Canyon Canadian Badlands

It's obvious how the canyon got it's name.  Cowboys would rustle horses and hide them in this canyon.  Alberta Canada has it's cowboys and wild west history very similar to the states. Drumheller is part of the cowboy trail for those who are interested in the cowboy history. Horse Thief Canyon is located off the North Dinosaur Trail. 

Red Barns of the Badlands


I like taking photos of barns so as we drove through the Badlands of Alberta Canada, I took several pictures.  It is cowboy country with a lot of cattle.  These barns were from the ranches off Hwy 21 on the way to Drumheller.

Bieriot Ferry North Dinosaur Trail

Travelers must ride a ferry on the North Dinosaur Trail (Hwy 838) to cross Red Deer River.  Horse Thief Canyon is located on North Dinosaur Trail.  There were no cars or tourist so it was enjoyable.  It was almost like having the Badlands to ourselves in many places that we visited.

Canadian Badlands Orkney Viewpoint

We stayed in Calgary Canada for four nights and visited Dinosaur Country in the Badlands.  These photos were from Orkney Viewpoint off Hwy 837 which is the South Dinosaur Trail.  I did not zoom in on the canyons but choose to try and get a panoramic view of Red Deer River, the canyon floor and vastness of the landscape.  Drumheller is central and a starting point to visit the Badlands.