Friday, July 31, 2015
4. road trip continued...gopher hole museum, badlands, and dinosaurs
After leaving the Custom Woolen Mills we headed for Torrington to see the Gopher Hole Museum which was high on Natali's list of things to show us. This is a small building full of dioramas of taxidermied ground squirrels dressed up in costume to represent the industry and activity in the Torrington area and gets 10,000 visitors a year. This is a must see my friends. Well worth the $2 price of admission.
outside the Gopher Hole Museum, Catharine, Denise, Natali, actual real people, not stuffed
From there we headed out to find the road to the Dry Island Buffalo Jump where the First Nations would run the buffalo over a cliff, one of several in Alberta, but we couldn't find it so we pulled into Torlen Campground for a picnic lunch. While Natali and Denise set out the fare, Catharine and I moseyed along the bank of the Red Deer River looking at rocks.
wheat, flax, and canola
After lunch we headed into the Bad Lands, a transition so abrupt that we turned a corner and went from green fields to raw rock and hoodoos.
This area is famous for it's dinosaur fossils and so we headed to Drumheller, home of the Royal Tyrell Museum (which we didn't actually go in) where we walked around on one of the interpretive trails
a living ground squirrel
and then to see the biggest dinosaur in the world.
On our way back to Calgary we made one last stop at Horse Shoe Canyon.
Back at home base, we settled in with martinis, dinner, and a Skype call with Leigh, our one from Australia.