During university I had a pretty sweet gig as a survey assistant for the Alberta Government – I got to drive around to the different heritage sites in Southern Alberta to get visitors to fill out a survey when they left the facility/site. One of the sites I got to visit was Dinosaur Provincial Park. I haven’t been back since, but thought I would take advantage of the long weekend to check it out. The morning was a bit rainy, so I didn’t leave Calgary until 2pm – there was still plenty of daylight left when I got to the park. Important to note that Dinosaur Provincial Park isn’t close to the Royal Tyrell Museum, it’s located closer to Brooks, Alberta.
We ended our trip in Las Vegas – I’m not a huge fan of crowds so I spent a day checking out the sites then decided to book the sunset tour to the Grand Canyon with Grand Adventures.
I had previously visited the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum when my friend was living in Tucson a couple years ago in March. At that time a lot of the plants were blooming, this time around we were a couple weeks too early. We drove through Saguaro National Park en route to the museum. It’s quite the sight to see so many saguaros for almost as far as the eye can see.
We left Flagstaff in the morning and started a surprisingly snowy drive to Sedona. The town itself is a neat place…loads of crystals and people that are into vortexes.
Following the Antelope Canyon Tour we stopped off at Horseshoe Bend, located just outside of Page, Arizona, before heading towards Flagstaff. The Colorado River cuts a dramatic (horseshoe shaped) meander just off Highway 89. A short 15 minute walk from the parking lot takes you to the lookout point.
After Zion National Park, we headed towards Page, Arizona to see Antelope Canyon, located on Navajo lands.
I had the chance to see Bill Nye (the Science Guy) up at the Jasper Dark Skies Festival back in October. It was a sketchy drive up to Jasper from Calgary with one of the first snowfalls of the year, but we made it up in one piece in time to hear Bill Nye speak.
I’ve been a bit crappy with keeping on top of my photos this winter. We headed out in November with the intention of shooting the supermoon from a mountain pass, only for a wind warning (>85Km/hr) and snow to pick up when we got up there. We headed back to Chain Lakes for a couple quick shots and a bit of shelter