I had ideas in my mind on how to pass Wednesday's hours. When today rolled around and I rolled out of bed it was clear to me that Drumheller would be the place to venture to. The weather forecast said go there today. It had been sunny and nice the past few days so there would be no slipping and sliding while hiking down into and up out of Horsethief and Horseshoe Canyons.
sign at the Parking Lot
looking down into the Canyon before making my way down
I hiked down and then hiked a very very quick up to capture a destination shot.
view along the way with the Red Deer River off in the distance
I found my way to the Red Deer River.
on a grassy ridge
Crocuses were everywhere! I was not expecting that they would be a large part of my day. I was there for the landscape but could not resist incorporating them into my landscape photos. It was so dry here and hot in the Canyon, yet these flowers were the healthiest I have seen.
working my way up out of Horsethief Canyon
almost back up on the rim
I reached the top and had a look back.
This was the route I covered. My intentions were to go back the way I came but as it turned out I could not find my way back that way. I kept my eye on the top where I knew the direction of the parking lot was and aimed for that. In fact as it turned out, the return route was easier than the way I came down and much prettier.
Badlands Trail at Museum
In between Horsethief and Horseshoe Canyons is Drumheller and the Royal Tyrrell Museum. I had been to it a few times and that's enough, I am not a museum type of person. This time I strolled around the one kilometer interpretive trail which I had not done before. I shared this trail with a group of students. Their interests seemed everywhere but where it should be. This loop was over quickly and I moved on down the road.
museum reflecting in the pond
the views were very pretty along this little loop
at a high point on the trail looking down onto the museum
I drove through Drumheller and out to Horseshoe Canyon. Lots of work has been done to this area. A new staircase leads down into the canyon bottom. There are also observation decks at different levels for those that prefer not to go all the way down.
Oh yes, the crocuses were plentiful here too!
I reached the top completing a loop of Horseshoe Canyon.
It was time for a late lunch in the warmth of the desert-like sun.
view from the fence beside my picnic table
Before I left, I walked over to the viewing deck to have one last look down into the Canyon.