Thursday, October 2, 2008

Royal Tyrrell Museum – Drumheller, Alberta

We are taking a rest day today so this is chance to get caught up. Once we left Jasper and the Rockies we were on the plains. The above picture is pretty much all we saw from Edmonton to Minnesota; day after day of flat or rolling farms. Our first stop after Jasper was the town of Red Deer, Alberta. Not the warm spot we were hoping for as the overnight temperature was 27 degrees!

After driving for miles of flat plains, on rough secondary roads, the land drops away to reveal the Red Deer River Valley and the town of Drumheller. This is the home of the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Their claim to fame is the world’s largest collection of dinosaur bones, including full skeletons. This part of Alberta is one of the world’s best places to find dinosaur bones. It is a beautifully done museum, absolutely one of the nicest we have been through. We spent 4 hours browsing through it. This is definitely worth getting off the interstate to see!

Also just outside of Drumheller is the Dinosaur Trail RV Resort, one of the nicest RV Parks we have seen in quite some time. When we arrived they were only 5 days from closing for the season. It was park with huge shade trees, birds everywhere and the Red Deer River at the back of our site.

White-Breasted Nuthatch pictured above 

One of the very unique things about the Dinosaur Trail RV Resort is they have dozens and dozens of domesticated rabbits running all over the place. They don’t take off, just stick around like cats. 

During our stay in Drumheller the days were in the 70s and the nights in the 40s. Much nicer than the cold we had in Jasper.

Kathy decided we had better leave Drumheller, because she was afraid that I would put down roots. That and the RV Park was closing. So, we started our trip across Saskatchewan and Manitoba; day after day of flat or rolling farms. We drove much further than we normally do each day because there just weren’t very many RV parks and some had already closed for the season.

We are now in St. Cloud Minnesota to do laundry, get groceries and rest up before our final push to Aurora, Illinois to see our son, Tim.

Slide show of visit to Drumheller Alberta

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