After a pleasant ride arrived in Calgary mid afternoon and had a great reunion with Briony at the bus depot. Caught taxi back to where she lives and looked forward to spending 3 weeks quality time with her.
Our first road trip was to Alberta's Badlands and Drumheller in the Red Deer valley, also known as the Dinosaur capital of the world.
On the morning of the road trip Briony and I headed to the car rental to pick up a vehicle and we were fortunate enough to be offered an upgrade which we couldn't refuse - a Mustang convertible!! Only thing is, we forgot we had to go and pick up Helen and 3 into a convertible was cosy to say the least! Briony was entertained watching her Mum getting in and out of the convertible at every stop!
|Hels checking out the stallion at Horse shoe Canyon|
|Not sure who was the most excited, I had to concentrate on the road|
|How cooooool is Hels|
|Quite different country side to what we have seen in Canada - lots of grain and canola crops|
Drumheller and the Badlands are approximately 110 km northeast of Calgary in the Red Deer River Valley. The drive in this area is so different from the Rocky Mountains we had been traveling through. With open plains and a clear sunny day it was a great drive, especially topless in the convertible. The Mustang was humming and responded well when I put the foot down however the story from the back seat was somewhat different. Hels reckons she was getting a face lift and could not talk as the minute she opened her mouth the wind rolled her lips back as there was no windshield protection in the back! Kept her quiet for a while anyway!
|Dorothy Catholic Church, which is directly opposite the United church... oh yes just happened to capture the ride in the piccie.|
|Sunset at Dorothy B&B|
|Inside the restored Catholic Church - the fittings have been donated by locals and other churches.|
|The B&B cottage was built in1902|
|The gate to the ranch and the B&B overlooking the Dorothy Grain conveyer.|
Dorothy has a small population and two churches which have been restored by the local community. Linda who runs the B&B also took us for a tour of the town.
|This cottage is one of the early settlers relocated to Dorothy, built from timber which floated down stream.|
|Inside the cottage Hels was impressed by the kettle|
For dinner that night we went into Wayne and had hamburgers at the Last Chance Saloon in the Rosedeer Hotel.
|Rose Deer Hotel and Last Chance Saloon|
|Ride'm cowboy at the outdor bar|
On our journey back from the pub we passed the Hoodoos. The Hoodoos are eroded pillars of soft sandstone rock topped with a resilient cap. The cap protects the softer rock underneath from eroding as quickly as the surrounding rock. Once the cap deteriorates the pillar is more vulnerable to the elements and subjected to rapid deterioration.
|Getting some helpful information from one of the local dinosaurs in Drumheller|
|This is the biggest dinosaur I've ever seen .... find Hels and Briony|
|Atlas Coal Mine|
|The Royal Tyrrell Museum|
|The Little Church|
|Not big people, a little church.|
|Bleriot Ferry across the Red Deer River. The ferry has an elevated cable to stop you going downstream|
|Picnic lunch near the ferry|
|Red Deer Valley looking south towards Drumheller|
The second day of our road trip was spent touring around the Dinosaur Trail enjoying the various lookouts before heading back to Drumheller where we stayed at another B&B and enjoyed a great meal at the Sub Lime restaurant.
|I think Hels was happy when the Mustang slowed down!!!|