Day 9 - Sherwood Forest to Wood Mountain

Trip Start Aug 20, 2008
Trip End Sep 23, 2008

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

We awoke early (6.00am!).   All these time zone changes are playing havoc with the body clock.  It had been a chilly night (you can always tell by how far under the duvet Monty crawls), but the sun was coming up and blue skies were all around.     After a long post breakfast stroll we popped into the golf club to log on to the WiFi and check emails and to thank every one for the night before.
First stop of the day was to visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre, Regina, which is a really well presented museum, tracking the evolution of the Mounties - they were really hard men in the old days patrolling wild places such as the Klondike.  The one disappointment was that there were no horses - as we had hoped to get a few photos for the blog. 
Then we struck off across the prairies - once again marvelling at our new marital aid - the GPS.  Not once had we had an issue about directions and not once had we got lost - it was worth every penny.
Several people had told us that the journey across the prairies would be the least interesting part of the journey, they were wrong.   The prairies are outstanding and the sheer size of them is awe inspiring - great stretches of farm land (currently being harvested) matched only by the big blue skies.  Our first stop was to visit a place called St Victor's Petroglyphs Provincial Historic Park to see some prehistoric carved designs in a rocky outcrop.  You might wonder why we travelled so far to see these, and when we got their, we wondered the same!    In order to preserve the site, fences had been erected all around, which unfortunately restricted the view of the carvings. On the plus side, the views across the prairie from this elevated site were outstanding.  We pressed on to Wood Mountain Regional Park, our planned stop for the night - this was once a Mountie outpost and the old bunkhouse still remained and now houses a fantastic museum.   We were the only visitors and the kind lady curator kept the place open so we could explore all the exhibits.  We were also the only ones staying on the campsite that night and reckoned we must have been 30 miles from the nearest neighbour!  It would have been OK if we had not been talking about the horror film - Wolf Creek.  The coyotes howled all night!
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