Today we got up early and after breakfast at the hotel we drove 45 minutes (ish) to the Dinosaur Provincial Park.
Take off song (and I think this will be our theme song for the trip – I love it more each time I listen to it).
The provincial park is different from the famous Drumheller… After much contemplation I decided that we would tour this park and not go further into Drumheller. (ultimately we need a day to just chill out and not travel too far). Besides, we need to save some reasons to come back to Alberta!
In any case, the park was an amazing experience. I was blown away by the landscape. The guided tour was fantastic and the kids seemed to really enjoy it! It involved a 2.5 hour hike through the badlands – and lots of information. The pictures will say it all (I’m quite sure that all my pictures look the same but I couldn’t decide which ones to edit out!) We had about 20 minutes to explore the dinosaur bed area in the quarry and Rain was very excited to discover numerous fossils (a chin, a leg etc). He would show them to our tour guide with pride. Moxie showed her what she had found and always got the same response, “That’s a great rock you found darling.” She did discover some cacti at one point and regained her exploration confidence.
After the tour we munched on our picnic lunch and debated again whether we should go to Drumheller. But we unanimously decided that we would rather spend the afternoon swimming so we went back into Brooks to find the local Leisure Centre where our hotel hostess had suggested.
WOW – this pool wins any pool contest hands down!! THere was the most amazing slide that was fast, long, curly, went outside and most of it was completely dark and enclosed – woohoo!!! (oh yeah I totally participated in this fun!) I also managed to squeeze in about 20 laps in their official 25 metre lap pool and there was even a cool whirlpool like area that was a blast. (geez do I sound more excited about the pool that the dinosaur park?? I think we were just really hot!))
The rest of the day was pretty unremarkalbe. We re-organized the back seat of the Ford and just relaxed. It was incredibly nice to not have a travel day.
Tomorrow we hit Banff! Speaking of which, I really need to book us a room – eeks! On that note….
cheers til tomorrow,