After a good visit with my Dad, we headed for Medicine Hat. On the way, we took a detour south from Seven Persons to explore Red Rock Coulee. This is an area about a mile long covered with red balls of various sizes and in various states of decay. A rather unearthly landscape.
In Medicine Hat, we spent some time wandering through Police Point Park, where we saw a white-tailed deer, but the heat and mosquitoes made us turn back and make an early night of it.
The next day we went to the Cypress Hills, in the southeastern corner of Alberta. We stopped at the interpretive center, where a young lady highlighted a map to show accessible trails. There had been a wind storm a few weeks earlier, and many trails were blocked by fallen trees. We spent the rest of the day travelling through the park.
In the evening, we drove to Brooks, a small town on the way to Drumheller. After dining there, we went out to look at the Brooks Aqueduct, an abandoned two mile long structure.
In the Drumheller area the following day, we wanted to explore a couple of (near) ghost towns, Dorothy and Wayne. While looking for Dorothy, we went too far and ended up on the top of a coulee, where we found several tipi rings. A quick check of the map revealed our error, and we were able to find Dorothy and photograph a few old buildings.
Wayne (pop. 40) is an interesting town. You have to cross 11 bridges to get there. It has one business -- a general store/hotel/bar. We stopped at the bar, called the Last Chance Saloon, for a beer. The decor is "early garage sale". The clientele were an interesting mix of ranchers, bikers and city folk.
Heading back to Drumheller, we stopped to look at the Hoodoos, odd geological structures formed by erosion. Then we followed the Dinosaur Trail and found several viewpoints over the Red Deer River valley.
The weather was near-perfect the whole time we were away, and we enjoyed getting out of the city and exploring southern Alberta.