Thursday, September 20, 2007

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump armband.

Wow. I can't believe it is almost two weeks since the last update here. How time flies in the fall!

Well, the last trip did not end with camping at Abraham Lake, it continued on to the south. Way down to the south west part of the province.

Glacial erratic west of Fort Macleod

Near Chain Lakes Provincial Park on Hwy #22.

There were still several days off to use up, so it was decided to head through Calgary and on down the Cowboy Trail to Longview, home of country star Ian Tyson and his coffee shop, the Navajo Mug!

Navajo Mug in Longview, AB.

Then, continuing south to Pincher Creek,

Flowers in Pincher Creek

and east to Fort Macleod we visited the Unesco World Heritage Site, the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Located 18 km north & west of Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada at a place where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the great plains, one of the world's oldest, largest and best preserved buffalo jump's known to exist -- Head-Smashed-In. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, Head-Smashed-In has been used continuously by aboriginal peoples of the plains for more than 5,500 years.

These photos were taken in and around Head-Smashed-In interpretive centre, showing the actual cliffs that buffalo were driven over. There are many feet of accumulated bones at the base of these cliffs.

Next installment: Waterton Lakes National Park (coming soon, I hope :-)

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