Prairies and the
June 2nd - 24th 2008
This was the BIG TRIP! Fly to Winnipeg, drive westwards through part of the Canadian Prairies, south to visit friends in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and then loop north-eastwards to return home from Winnipeg. Twenty-three days, 6100km, two Provinces and six States! We saw an amazing variety of scenery -- flatlands, mountains, deserts, canyons -- interesting towns with exotic names, and a lot of history. Following are the highlights -- words by Margaret, photos by Bob.
The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum at Brandon (Man) is dedicated to all those in the Commonwealth who trained to fight WW II in the air.
Wherever possible, we've linked each location and/or picture to a web site describing it. Just look for the !
After driving through cattle grazing grasslands and later the fringe of Badlands type country, we spent an afternoon at the Range Riders Museum in Miles City (MT), which depicts all aspects of a stockman's life. Here there are some wonderful photographs of Old Timers and their ladies, as well as those of proud Indian chiefs.
on the Crow Indian Reservation (MT) commemorates one of the last armed efforts of the Northern Plains Indians to preserve their ancestral way of life. It was in the valley of the Little Bighorn River in June 1876 that 260 soldiers of the US army were wiped out by several thousand Lakota, Cheyenne and other tribal warriors.
The few photos shown here just don't do justice to this very moving historic site.
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The Cowboy and the Lady! Belle Forche, South Dakota
where trails leading west converge to follow the Platte River. This restored fort on the approaches to the Rocky Mountains looks much the same as it did when the post was the centre of activity, before being abandoned in 1890. In its hey-day, it was a haven for travellers, but also a valuable trading place for emigrants, trappers and Indians.
We enter Colorado's Mountain Ranges ...
... and drive the Million Dollar Highway, through Red Mountain Pass, into Southern Colorado
Margaret's description of the drive: "The side of road to the right of the passenger side of the car too often fell steeply to the valley below. I sat on my hands trying to stay calm, but this 26 mile drive is probably the most scary I've experienced. At the peak, we were at 10,000ft; the car did not care for the altitude, and frequent single lane owing to road works was hardly reassuring."
We're about halfway through our travels, with lots of interesting places still to visit.
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