Cypress Hills Centre Block to Val Marie (Sep 16, 2020)

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Dodging the pot holes.

Time to move on. We broke camp and were gone by 10 AM. We headed south and east of Cypress Hills, big open ranch lands and grain fields. A quick stop in Shaunavon for lunch and groceries. And then it was on to Val Marie on Highway 18 which had as its most driveable part a stretch of gravel. Lee spent an enjoyable hour negotiating around pot holes and broken asphalt. Once in Val Marie we set up for a couple of days and then got oriented at the Grasslands National Park Visitors Centre.

Lez notes: 10 a.m. is one of our earliest exits! Not bad! Our travels today have taken us very close to the U.S. border too. The Grasslands Park, both east and west blocks southern borders ARE the US border. Today was a rolling hills version of the priaries - lots of grain, lots of oil rigs and very few trees. The Frenchman River system offered more spectacular views, but the smokey skies just did not encourage a lot of photos. This evening, I settled into a Zoom meeting of our Edmonton quilt guild. A quilt challenge that began in October was revealed - and my quilt was one of several ribbon winners! Quite an honour to be recognized. Our campground is pretty quiet - and one of our "neighbours" from Cypress Hills is here tonight too! It's already only 4C's - could be a little cool one tonight! Skies are clear - Milky Way washing the skies again. Hopefully the smoke will stay away tomorrow.