Monday, May 22, 2006

Shaunavan to Medicine Hat

Norah this time. I've always wondered what the Prairies would be like. We stayed at a place 2 nights ago that is the home town of W.O. Mitchell. My image from reading "Who has Seen the Wind?" was of a very dry, dusty, and windy town and landscape. While we did see a couple of tumbleweeds, the landscape isn't dry for the most part. I mentioned earlier that there is a pond for every duck. We found out today that they are not ponds at all, they are slews (spelling?). Some nice people from Herbert Saskatchewan corrected us on that one. The look off (called a Butte) gives a rare perspective of the Prairies to the north and east.

Today we also learned that what we had thought were deer (see pictures from yesterday) are actually antelope. Fairly early this morning I noticed what looked like road-kill and was trying to identify the dead animal when it stood up and looked right at me! It was a fox just out sunning himself at the side of the road. We figure that it can't be very hard work being a predator of those small prairie dogs as they are so plentiful.

Even the hawks don't have to go far. They sit on a fence post at the side of the highway and just wait for one to run under their noses, I mean beaks. The scenery in southern Saskatchewan is stunning and we pretty much had the road to ourselves making rubber-necking quite acceptable. Even if another car does come along, you can see them from miles away and get out of the way.

2 Comments:

Blogger Kaila said...

All of the pictures are absolutely gorgeous. We've had rain almost every day for the last little while but some sunshine snuck in there too.

Went to a BBQ for Howard yesterday... of course everyone knows me as 'Norah's daughter' :-P

Talk to you soon!
Kaila

7:27 AM  
Anonymous cheryl baron said...

Hi guys!

It sounds like you're having a great trip.

I don't know about the prairies but in BC "slews" are sloughs.

Hope to see you soon.

Cheryl

6:07 PM  

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