Bad(lands) To The Bone

Get ready for roughly 400 random pictures of coulees and hoodoos!

Kidding.

Mostly.

I took a lot of pictures while I was in Alberta. And while I hope to get back at least twice more in the next year or so, who can say what’ll happen? So I tried to cram as much sightseeing into one weekend as I could.

First up: Kananaskis and Elbow Falls.

My buddy Kevin was playing tour guide for the weekend and as he drove past a washed out bridge I saw a small portion of the destruction that the recent flooding left behind.

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The area was still beautiful though. And all I could think when I saw this, was “here there be monsters.”

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I suppose it’s a poorly kept secret that I’m planning on setting the third book in the Thunder Road trilogy in Alberta (especially since the Winnipeg Free Press mentioned it in a recent Paper Chase column!)

I’ve already written about what happened after Kananaskis, my trip to When Words Collide. Next up was a camping trip at Dinosaur Provincial Park and a trip into the Badlands.

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There were some bugs, obviously, but this was my first glimpse of the Badlands!

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Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?

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At the Hoodoos, which are like visiting an alien world. I kept expecting to meet Tars Tarkas.

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While I unfotunately did not meet any Tharks (or Martians of any kind), at least I did not encounter a rattlesnake, or a scorpion, or a black widow spider.

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Me & Kev

Me and Kevin, in Dinosaur Provincial Park.

Chad & Dave

Me and my high school buddy Dave who was in Alberta for work and joined Kevin and I on our trip to the Badlands.

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The Hoodoos near sunset. There is all kinds of magic in this place.

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The one thing that really struck me about about the Badlands was how green they were. I was expecting desert; rock and dust. Not these lush grasses and wildflowers.

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Miner Chad

Coal Miner’s Son?

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A map of the Atlas Coal Mine, which I’m totally stealing to use for Dungeons & Dragons.

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On my way into the mine!

Two Man Tent

Home for the camping trip. I assure you that whoever named this a “two man tent” has never met two actual men.

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It’s not home, but I do love those big, damn Alberta skies.

Hope to see them again soon!

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