Thursday, May 29, 2008

Day 34: Lethbridge to Waterton Lakes to Cranbrook

Location: Cranbrook, BC
Total kms driven: 9170 kms
Total $$ spent on gas: $1198
Total Number of deer/elk seen during day: 66

Shortly after leaving Lethbridge, I spotted the Rockies and pulled off to snap this picture. Can you see 'em?

I took a quick trip to the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site. Unfortunately my National Parks discovery pass didn't grant me access, so I walked the trail at the bottom of the Jump. For nearly 5700 years the Blackfoot tribes used this spot to kill Buffalo.

You really gotta pay attention on the roads in Alberta, or you might get eaten up by a beast like this.

I knew I was getting closer to the Rockies:

Finally I made it to Waterton Lakes National Park. The deer/elk were abundant there and pretty much had the run of the place!

While driving through the downtown, I slowed to take a picture of a deer. I guess it wanted me to know what it felt like to be stared at all the time :)

I like looking for neat rocks when I'm on a beach. I came out with my best find in recent years. This heart shaped rock:

Shortly after leaving Waterton Lake National Park, I stopped at an amazing overlook of the mountains, where Sandy from Winnipeg was kind enough to take my picture:

As I made my way through the village of Twin Butte, I started to see windmills like the ones I saw near Goderich, Ontario. Except these were all in a big long row... kind of eery in the sunset:

Finally, I arrived in Cranbrook, BC, with a welcoming Moosehead Beer curtesy of my cousin Dave. My gluten intolerance stopped me from drinking the beer, but not from posing for a picture :)


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