Monday, June 1, 2009

Last week I gave you the safety instructions for the installation and operation of some high-tech and dangerous equipment, and you had to guess what it was. Today, I shed some light on the answer - but not before a few more safety notices. On this warning label, it warns you Not to remove the warning label, and details the need for ANSI approved safety glasses.

You must read the instructions - before installation.
(Click on the photo if you can not read the text)
Okay, are you ready?
There is the 'equipment', in use. I guess I should have some fencing to keep the children away, and an umbrella to keep the moisture off it! Surprisingly, there is a very sharp, plastic stake used to stick it in the ground, but no where in the instructions is that even mentioned. As far as I could tell, the sharp stake it about the only hazard, period!
Okay, back to traveling! The weekend was upon us, so we headed out after work on Friday and drove as far as possible towards our final destinations in the south eastern corner of the province.

We drove on through Vulcan, of Star Trek fame, and ended up in a little roadside recreation area and historical site near Carmangay. It was very quiet, and free, and boasted some historical tipi rings. In the morning we were serenaded by a meadowlark at full volume.
We had planned to stop in Lethbridge for some groceries and fuel, but their road construction project effectively closed all exits into the city, so we carried on to Milk River, where we visited the information centre, before heading off in search of Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park.
The road signs were somewhat lacking, as was the brand new highway map just purchased. Eventually, the park was located in time to get us a campsite, in spite of the new reservation system that might have had most of the campsites pre-booked.
Then we joined a guided tour of the petroglyphs and pictographs, many of which are otherwise closed to the public to protect them from vandalism and graffiti.The park also features the reconstructed North West Mounted Police post, located across the Milk River in Police Coulee. This was a major smuggling route from the US - which lies just a few miles to the south.
The next day we did some self-guided hiking and exploring in the areas of the park that are not restricted.
There are some very striking hoodoos formations.

And some flowers.
And quite a few trees in the protected coulees and river bottom areas.

The Sweetgrass hills, visible to the south are across the border in Montana.

The Milk River runs right through the park.

Every once in a while, ya just have to pose.
Click on any photo for a larger view.

There were butterflies ...

And even special perches to keep the birds from pooping on the signs!
Next - on to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.

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