Friday 23 June 2017

Evening at Dry Island Provincial Park

On a whim I decided to drive out here after work on June 22, 2017. The prairie can be an interesting place that seems to hide features. You can have flat areas extending for miles suddenly interrupted by a valley. This is a buffalo jump, now a park, where natives many years ago used to kill buffalo by stampeding them off a cliff. There are a few sites like this in Alberta.

This is east of Huxley and the Red Deer River is in the valley below. The road goes down a steep hill and ends on the valley floor. I did not drive down. There are warning signs that the road cannot be driven when wet and that due to the grade vehicles may have difficultly pulling trailers up it when road conditions are good. The road was in fine shape. The only thing that really stopped me was I was the only one there at the time and I was driving a car.

Standing right on the edge of the jump. It is hard to tell but there is a steep drop off to the bottom. You can see the road continuing down at the bottom where it ends. 

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