Not quite such an epic drive today, which was really nice.
We hit the wide open road around 9:30am after a wonderful coffee and some granola. Thanks again Lyndsey for hosting us.
The prairies were BEAUTIFUL. Absolutely stunning. Rolling green hills winding through yellow canola fields. Simply breathtaking.
For the first part of the drive the hubby was driving and we got the play by play every time there was a silo, gopher, pebble… tres annoying – sorry honey
He got all excited when there was an odometer test section. No joke. So excited. We stopped in Medicine Hat and changed another diaper explosion and got some groceries. I guess we took the first exit as the place we ended up was straight out of the 70’s. After driving a little more through the town it’s actually quite nice and modern.
The drive was fairly uneventful save for the gopher who decided it was his time and committed suicide. Poor thing. We also couldn’t find a sticker in Alberta for the Thule so any Albertan’s that read this blog, could you please send me an Alberta sticker? Pretty please?
We also had many rounds of “Baby Beluga” which seems to shut up the wee babe (she made it just shy of our destination).
Around 5ish we rolled into Morse (a tiny tiny town) and decided to check out the local motel to see about price. It looked straight out of a Hitchcock movie. I walked into the lobby and it smelt stale (like dead body). The woman came out to greet me and I think she was in her pj’s. No kidding. No room for us (thank god).
We eventually found the campground there. No one else was there. It was quite nice with grass and a clean washroom/shower facility. This was going to be our first night camping.
We pitched a tent and then the black looming clouds started to roll in. It was humid as hell. There were mosquitoes like I’ve never experienced before. The were ravenous.
The hubby started up the pasta and the tweenager and I set up the tent. I was happy to be away from the mozzies.
We ate (I was in the tent with the wee babe) and afterwards they cleaned up and just in the nic of time we succumbed to a pounding shower, rumbling thunder and lightening.
For whatever reason, I decided that I needed to go to the bathroom while we were hunkered down and I made a break for it. The ten second run and I was DRENCHED. I don’t think I’ve experienced anything like that before except for maybe in Bali.
The rains lasted for maybe and hour and then it cooled down. We had showers and were in bed by probably 9ish.
It was cool during the night but not too bad. It was the trains that were about 50 feet from our tent that woke us up. The literally sounded the whistle right at the campground. The earth shook. It was pretty cool for one night, I wouldn’t want to do that again though J
The baby slept and slept. She woke up once when the tweenager got up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night but I just hugged her and she fell back asleep. Awesome. I really can’t believe that she slept through every single train whistle.
Camping Fee: $15
Wee babe disposition: pretty stellar save for the last half hour of howling.
Wildlife seen: gophers
Weather: HOT – 33 degrees average
Things that have already broken: cable for the iphone