The G3 Storm watch went up saturday afternoon, with a good chance of aurora across the entire country! The only downside was that it doesn’t get dark until after 11pm in the spring months, so it was going to be a late night. I headed out early to Lake Minnewanka as it fills up quick with other people hoping to catch of the Northern Lights.
We had the joy of some late April snow last week in Calgary, so when I headed out to Vancouver mid-week it was nice to see pink and green covering the trees as I landed. I had just missed the Cherry Blossom Festival but there were still plenty of cherry blossoms and other blooms around town.
Blossoms on Columbia Street
I haven’t had much luck this past year in catching aurora, it was either during the work week or any alerts came through on a cloudy/snowy night. So when I checked late friday night I was pretty stoked to see that there was a pretty decent show on. The Lyrids were also peaking through the weekend, I was able to see a couple, but don’t think I caught any on the camera.
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.