Maygs and I have a pretty solid track record of getting lost on our roadies. But you know what? We always find our way, we laugh whilst doing so and our spirited ability to get sidetracked creates some lasting memories. Plus, our misdirection usually opens the door to something much more spectacular than originally planned.
On our most recent adventure, Maygs and I navigated our way south to attend our incredible friend and blog-mate, Erin Crooks wedding. It was in Cypress Hills and man oh man, every twist and turn was breathtaking. From vivid rolling hills spotted with livestock to winding roads leading us to the gem known as Cypress Hills, we were in awe. The tallest bundles of light-filled-trees made for the most beautiful scenery. It was magical - all of it - the wedding, the setting, the people. I couldn't get enough. It would be easy to stay for days and enjoy more scenery and activities, but instead, we packed up and made our way to the hidden sand dunes in the Prairies. The Great Sandhills are located at 20km south of Sceptre GPS: N50 41.611' W109 16.899' (you'll want to pop that into google maps to avoid landing up at The Great Sandhills Museum and Interpretive Centre, as we did). Fortunately for us, our sense of humour, Mom-level patience and upbeat playlist kept us going when the going got tough. And are we ever happy we kept on trucking because that long dusty road eventually guided us to the most beautiful and breathtaking wonder. Here in southern Saskatchewan, surrounded by farm and forest, were the great Sandhills in all their majestic beauty.
1,900 sq km area of active desert-like sand dunes, grasses and flora stood before us. We ooh'd and ahh'd and were ready to take on those great sandy dunes. The sagebrush lined path guided us to the silky sand and it was really all so lovely, beautiful and completely magnificent. Had we planned ahead (which is totally unlike us), we would have packed bug spray. The mosquitoes that swarmed us were unexpected and more than annoying. Repellent would have allowed us to explore undisturbed. What surprised us most was that we were the only ones there. We arrived to an empty parking lot and just one vehicle pulled in as we were leaving. I had anticipated more visitors viewing nature's impressive creation but I was content admiring the Sandhills uninterrupted. It was peaceful being alone there and that made the visit even more notable. We discussed the sights when driving home and knew that our next trip would definitely include our children - they'd love it. I would personally set aside more time to explore a little farther plus, I'd snap more nature-y photos ..... I mean, who wouldn't?
Here's what to keep in mind if you plan on going: 1. Pack bug spray- you'll need it. 2. The exact co-ordinates I listed earlier to avoid gratuitous wandering 3. Sunscreen - self explanatory 4. Your camera to capture all that beauty. 5. A towel to clean off with before heading home. 6. A phone charger and data plan because you're going to need that GPS.
There you go. An adventure in Southern Saskatchewan awaits. So plan a day-trip or stop in en route to your next weekend in Cypress. Whatever you decide, we promise you'll be glad you did.
Here's a small peek into the weekend and wonder that surrounded us. (and yep, travelling with a model-friend as beautiful as Maygs makes picture taking extra easy)
Find your wild. xokk