Sunday, July 28, 2013

Vegreville, Alberta, to Foam Lake, Saskatchewan

Our camp last night was in a city park and right along the railroads tracks. It seems that one requirement for an RV park, no matter where it is, is that there must be railroad tracks nearby. These were closer than nearby. . . the one row of campers was about 15 feet away from the tracks. I figured that they probably don't get many trains (WRONG assumption), as we didn't hear any before we went to bed. The first one woke me about 3:30 a.m. When he blew his horn as he came through our camp. I sat straight up in bed, disoriented for a moment. It is a sickening feeling when your home starts to rattle and the noise is deafening. Why do we do this to ourselves? I'm not sure. . . . ho ho. Actually the second and third trains I barely noticed. We heard a train tonight, but we don't even know where the tracks are and we are in an RV park, so they must not have gotten the memo. LOL
We drove alongside an old historic bridge. They only allow foot traffic over it anymore, but it was pretty cool and actually look very well preserved.

Today's drive was different because we are out of the mountains. Yes, we have crossed the Canadian Rockies for the last time this trip. We traveled through Alberta and into Saskatchewan today and are parked in a little town called Foam Lake, in their city park. It is a very nice campground and there are about 7-8 campers in here.

The areas we saw today are mostly devoted to farming and there were some horse farms and cattle farms. They raise a lot of canola here and some is processed into cooking oil and other is used for bio-diesel fuel. We also passed some mining operations that we were not sure about. Terry guessed correctly though. . . I don't know how he does it, but he thought they might be mining potash. Well, that's EXACTLY what they are doing. We will have to do more research to find out exactly what it is and what it is used for. We also saw a lot of cone-shaped devices in the fields. Some appeared to be hard cases and others like tent material. Terry once again correctly guessed when he asked if they were beehives. He figured the covers were to protect the bees and keep them in the area to pollinate the canola. 

Tomorrow we continue our trek across Canada.

Till next time. . . 


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