Choppy and I are continuing to cross Canada – Saturday, we took the long drive from Yorkton, Saskatchewan to Edmonton, Alberta. You see a lot of fields and not a lot of much else on this drive. However, considering these are often stunning fields of rapeseed, it makes for a gorgeous drive (rapeseeds are beautiful, yellow-flowered plants – used in canola oil and biodiesel. Yay, learning!). Some pictures from the trip are below.
Like Alberta before it, Saskatchewan is flat. Very flat. But, again, this makes for giant and beautiful skies.
Because everything we had seen for two days was flat, the moment there was a chance to take pictures with something not flat (the Saskatchewan River Valley), I jumped at it. Note: starting tomorrow, there will be mountains. I will likely be missing flat lands soon. Quite likely the moment I have a semi on my tail while I maneuver hairpin turns.
Definitely NOT Afghanistan. Unless I am very, very lost.
This is the border of Saskatchewan and Alberta, which is just a random street in Lloydminster. Interesting note: Lloydminster is not separate cities on each side of the border, but one city that straddles the border and apparently is considered bi-provincial. You can make your own joke about that one.
This is the aforementioned rapeseed. More agricultural products should be so pretty.
A Loonie! Note that this is apparently a new Loonie, in which a giant maple leaf is imprinted on the sun. Or maybe I’m the only one who seems to think this is what it looks like.
An important Canadian stop: Tim Hortons (which apparently used to have an apostrophe but no longer does, quite likely just to upset those of us who like proper use of apostrophes). Two random facts about Tim Hortons: (1) Tim Horton (the hockey player who started the franchise) was killed in a high speed chase as he drove from Toronto to Buffalo. Upon learning this, my first thought was wondering what he planned to do once he reached the border. Considering he was killed before this could happen, I am pretty sure he was planning an epic, movie-like blast through whatever barriers they had erected to keep him in Canada. (2) There was a Tim Hortons on a Canadian military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. For the record, there is not a Tim Hortons in Kandahar, Saskatchewan.