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Land of Living Skies

The fields extend to the horizon, with on top of that the invinite skySaskatchewan is also called the Land of Living Skies. While the southern part of Saskatchewan is dominated by seemingly endless grain fields, the landscape changes all the time. The prairie is at times gently undulating, called the "Rolling Hills", with sometimes, for Canadian standards, twisty roads. Other areas are actually completely flat; the fields extend to the horizon, with on top of that the infinite sky. Only small green oases - f houses surrounded by trees - break occasionally this pattern.

To the grain fields

In south Saskatchewan, in the middle of infinite translucent grain fields shining gloriously golden yellow in the fall, we spontaneously bend from the highway onto a gravel road. In this province nearly all streets radiating from the highway are gravel roads. It turns out they are all access roads to farms. We are so bold as to ring the doorbell of the farm house that we could see while driving on the road. We’d like to find out if anyone here is willing to tell us something about working on such a farm, and perhaps also to show us around a bit.

Summer in the City - Edmonton

We experience the sunny side of Edmonton after our last two weeks have been rather cool and rainy. We visited Edmonton before, in October 2007, it was cloudy and chilly. I remember wearing a warm jacket. Back then we were not overly enthusiastic about the city. But this time with 28 degrees Celsius and bright blue skies we see Edmonton in a different light.

Saskatchewan – more than just flat

Saskatchewan is not a famous province in Canada and usually not on the itinerary of most tourists. If you happen to have heard of Saskatchewan before, you probably know that the province is located in the interior, that it’s flat, has straight roads and lots of corn fields. This is mainly the case for the south, but the northern part of Saskatchewan shows a different side. We visited Prince Albert National Park, that protects a slice of the ‘boreal’ forest.

Animal Encounters in the Northern Rockies

Northern Rockies in Britisch Columbia, KandaThe Alaska Highway runs from Watson Lake, Yukon, to Fort Nelson in British Columbia and leads us through the magnificent mountain scenery of the little known “Northern Rockies”. For 530 kilometers there are no real towns but only gas stations, lodges, campgrounds and plenty of nature. During this trip we saw lots of wildlife just along the highway.

Swimming like the moose - Liard Hot Springs

We took the Alaska Highway from Whitehorse to Edmonton (Alberta), stopped at Liard Hot Springs and booked a provincial park campsite.

A 10-minute walk over a wooden walkway through a swampy area leads us to the hot springs. Being surrounded by moss, ferns, pines, rosehip bushes and marsh grass it almost feels like a mystical place. At the end of the walkway two natural hot springs invite us to jump in.

Short conversations

I’m having coffee at Tim Hortons and in the meantime I’m recharging my laptop and writing this piece. Tonight we’ll be spending our second night in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. This department store chain allows campers with a motorhome to stay for free on their parking lots.

Whitehorse fascinates us

Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon in northern Canada, fascinates us. It is located in the southern part of this territory, from where it is still more than 1,000 kilometers north to the Arctic Ocean. The city boasts an atmosphere mix of ‘gold rush, modern life and wilderness’. The winters are long with few hours of sun, but it is hardly dark at night in the summer. Somehow, this combination appeals to us.

Are we staying?

Rain in the desert

Our original plan was to head for Skagway. This town with a gold rush tradition is located in Alaska / USA, 120 kilometers from Whitehorse. Due to the weather we had to change our plans.It made no sense to drive this scenic route because of the fog and rain. That’s why we decided to make a stop on our way to Carcross to visit the small historic town and its sand dunes – the smallest desert in the world.

Coffee to go

Coffee to go, out mugs with indian designWhen we visited Germany last May, we noticed lots of newly established ‘coffee to go’ places. The cult to take coffee with you in the car or while walking is nothing new to Canada. As a matter of fact, we often make use of it here in Canada and are even perfectly equipped for it.

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