Prairie experience

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
Trip End Mar 06, 2013

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Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

Flag of Canada  , Saskatchewan,
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Midday temperature: 17C

Travelling out of North Dakota seemed to take forever. The scenery does not change, just miles and miles of brown and yellow prairie. The winds were so strong there were times when Greg was battling with Star to stay on the road. We even had a tumbleweed blow across our path. But just when we thought this would be a boring drive, we started seeing numbers placed on the side of hills. I don't know what the significance is but they must have been done by someone with a lot of time on their hands.

We finally reached the US/Canada border. We didn't have any problems at all, the border agent just asked us for the same information that we would put on the custom form that we would fill out on a flight to Canada. He did ask us why we were crossing at Saskatchewan and remarked that it was a long way for our daughter to find employment.

Onto Saskatchewan; it’s one of the items on my bucket list. It’s the only province that I haven’t been in but Greg was here with his family in the early 1970s. Driving in Saskatchewan was not much different than North Dakota, strong prairie winds and dust and dust. We drove along the Canam highway from the border to Moose Jaw. During the drive we saw many oil derricks in the fields and at one point Greg remarked about the cranes. I didn’t get too excited. Then Greg asked me if I was going to take a picture and I said okay. I thought he wanted me to take a picture of a big building which I didn’t find at all interesting until the building moved! I couldn’t believe it. This massive building was a crane. No wonder Greg was amazed that I wasn’t amazed.

The highlight of our day was stopping at Dog River, home of Brent Leroy and the gang of the hit show Corner Gas. Unfortunately the diner is only open on weekends but we took a few pictures and were glad that we stopped. Many of the communities we passed had a huge sculpture of something prairie-like but we didn’t see the big hoe at Dog River.

Our campground tonight is a provincial park not too far away from Moose Jaw. It’s another beautiful setting and our site is on the lake. We’ve seen lots of deer, geese, and ducks, and walked around only a small portion of this huge park. We won’t be alone tonight but there aren’t many other sites being used.

States/provinces driven in: North Dakota, Saskatchewan
Driven today: 601 km
Driven to date: 5169 km
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heather on

Hi mom, Here's some info about those numbers:
During the past 54 years, all but a few of the graduating classes of Kenmare High School have left their mark for posterity on the hillsides. Each spring the seniors select a hill, gather with shovels, trucks, and paint brushes, then get to work. An outline of their class year is staked out. Then the sod is dug out and hauling in of field stones begins. When the trenches have been completely filled with rocks, the project is finished off with a coat of whitewash or paint. For many years, Rock Day was an organized school event for seniors just before graduation. Most of the KHS class-year rock monuments have taken shape on the hillsides from seven to eleven miles south of town along Highway 52.
Class years from '51 to '98 can be easily spotted as one cruises through the area of the Baden overpass. Years pass, but the numbers remain highly visible as the classes apply a fresh coat of paint during their reunions. The first KHS rocks took shape in 1945. The students' rock graffiti on the hillsides was initially conceived as a diversion from less desirable graffiti painted on buildings and other structures around town.

Betsy on

Great info, what a brilliant way to remember their school days.

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