This morning we left the campsite at 1000. Before leaving, I made online reservations for a bus tour of Dinosaur Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We've decided that we will call around in Calgary today to see if we can have the trailer looked at. At 1045 one of the tires on the trailer goes.
Man! What a start to the day! I get on the phone and call Good Sam's (they are our roadside assistance providers - again, thanks to my Mom for insisting that I purchase the membership before we left). Again, the iphone comes in really handy as I am able to pinpoint our locations quite accurately to the lady on the phone. She tells us that tow truck will be there at 1155. At this point, I am a little concerned that we will not make it on time for our tour. While we are waiting for help, I decide to take out the camera and take some shots. Justin is not at all happy that we are waiting for a tow truck! He fells unmanly because he figures he should be able to change it but we don't have the necessary tools.
The tow truck driver, a real cowboy, arrives at 1130. He wasn't a really talkative guy but he got the job done, checked the rest of our tires and told us to make sure we check them often.
|A real cowboy to change our tire!|
|At least we had some beautiful prairie skies to look at during our wait!|
He thinks that the blow out could have been a result of the changes in temperature. We are back on the road at noon!
I'm stressing out a bit and trying to see if there are any faster ways to get to the park but apart from the main roads, all other roads are mainly gravel and we don't really want to be adventuring in those with the trailer. So we follow the Main Highways and thankfully, we made it and with time to spare. The both of us were expecting to see mountains at any times. We had seen pictures of bad lands so we were expecting to see them from far away especially that we are in the prairies. But to our surprise, the bad lands actually drop. They are holes in the ground. We were both in awe when we arrived and caught our first glimpse of the park. It is spectacular. We hopped on the bus with our tour guide, Sydney. She was a great tour guide. She was passionate about everything she was telling us. The park is well known for being one of the richest dinosaur fossil locales in the world. Forty dinosaur species have been discovered at the park and more than 500 specimens have been removed and exhibited in museums across the globe. The tour bus was unable to go off the beaten path because of the rain. The ground is almost like clay and is very slippery when wet. The tour was well worth it regardless. There were many other tours available that would have been amazing for kids interested in Dinosaurs but we were mostly there for the terrain and a quick visit. We are really happy that we decided to stick to HWY 1 to see the Canadian Bad Lands!
|Baby Girl ready for the tour|
|The little family -minus Bones|
|Wheeler's in the Badlands|
|Dinosaur skin fossil|
|Baby Girl having a look at a piece of petrified wood|
|Dinosaur fossils resting as they were found|