Just when we packed up and set out for a couple of days of camping to get a break, the glorious summer weather changed. It seemed that the sun was hiding behind clouds and the temperatures dropped. The two nights in the camper were a sharp reminder that fall and winter will be here soon enough.
It didn’t deter us from enjoying our time away. The first night was spent at Sylvan Valley Campground near St. Victor. The ancient petroglyphs were just across the road and a personal guided tour at sunset was a wonderful end to the day.
Sitting up on the sandstone bluff at 2,800′ above sea level watching the sun set transform the blue sky into a warm orange let us forget the biting wind sweeping across the prairie. The next morning we made our way to Willow Bunch to say hello to the Giant…
…before we carried on to explore the Big Muddy, Saskatchewan’s Badlands. Shaped by the last ice age this deeply carved valley holds a rich history for Aboriginals, early European settlers and outlaws alike. Entering the valley one is transported into a wild west movie landscape I so enjoyed as a youth.
After six kilometers of gravel road our destination rose in the distance. Castle Butte, an ancient natural monument was used by Aboriginal people and the Royal Mounted Police as a major landmark throughout early times. Today it is a popular tourist destination.
We set up the camper and decided to spend the night to witness the good light for some great photos. With many hours to go we were able to watch visitors come and go, climb sections of the wall, explore the caves and walk/climb the peak. I tried to tackle my fear of heights, packed my camera in my back pack and set out to walk up the steep, narrow path… Let it suffice to say, I made it up the first third of the near vertical path. When it forked I had a brief reality check – it would be one way to make it up to the top, quite another to come back down… The decision was easy – I turned around! No regrets – lost photo opportunity but I know myself and mountain tops….
Time to head to the studio – work is waiting and time is running short. I am packing for Art Quilt Campus today – so much to think about and so little time…