Carol and Glenn have been loving their time on the South Saskatchewan River! Last week they paddled under a bridge coming into Saskatoon. This was the same bridge they crossed the train on to arrive in Vancouver almost 3 months ago!
Upon arrival in Saskatoon, Carol and Glenn decided to stay a few nights at the Gordon Howe Campground. At the campground they were able to reconnect with old friends from Kingston who now live in Saskatoon! The couple had picked up mailed supplies (50 lbs worth) for Carol and Glenn including a months worth of dehydrated food to keep them going!
Carol and Glenn managed to stuff all the new supplies into 2 barrels before heading back out on the South Saskatchewan River which has turned into the Saskatchewan River. And the only neighbours they see are the beavers swimming a long side them.
Over the last 6 days they have managed to paddle almost 400 km to Nipawin with the wind on their backs! So far they have completed 2, 658 km in total!
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Carol and Glenn continue to be amazed and feel extremely fortunate for the wonderful people they have met so far along their adventure. They have had campsites paid for, been offered transportation to get fresh food, taken out for dinner and have had meals prepared for them!
Every opportunity Carol and Glenn get they explain to people who and what they are canoeing for! If you would like to help Glenn and Carol reach their goal of $10, 000 for Loving Spoonful, click on the link below to donate! Everything helps!
In this photo, the people in the boat invited Carol and Glenn to pull up for strawberries, banana chips, hummus, cheese and cinnamon buns. As it turns out these same individuals waited as Carol and Glenn portaged across the 17th hole on a golf course the day before! They heard about their journey and purposely went out on the water the next day in hopes of crossing paths with them.
Carol and Glenn continue to enjoy the South Saskatchewan River! They have already made it halfway across the beautiful province. Along the way they are experiencing changing terrain. Sometimes, they even have to drag their canoe over sandbars due to low water but their smiles never stop.
In the picture below Carol and Glenn passed a field of Canola. The river valley is becoming flatter so they are able to climb up banks to see views like this. In this specific area wheat, lentils and corn are also grown. Saskatchewan is very special in many ways! The north is covered by forests and lakes and the south is made up of golden fields, grasslands, rolling hills and badlands!
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Carol and Glenn made it to Saskatchewan last week! They are very excited with all the progress they have made so far! It took them 41 days to go through British Columbia and only 16 days to go through Alberta! They are very curious as to how many days they will be spending in Saskatchewan!
Above is a picture of Glenn on the South Saskatchewan River from where the river starts at the basin of the Old Man River and the Bow River. It is 320 km of remote wilderness with the exception of Medicine Hat. Most of this land has been designated Wilderness Area for the past 40 years. Carol and Glenn had the privilege of seeing antelope, mule, deer, a bull moose with her calf and hearing coyotes howling at night time.
Carol and Glenn were paddling through the Badlands last week! The Fur Traders called this section of the South Saskatchewan River and Bow River the, “Bad River.”
The winds are very strong in this specific area of the river along with violent thunderstorms! Also, they were fortunate to be paddling through this area now as the water is high. But each day they notice the water is getting lower!
All together the South Saskatchewan River is 1,392 km long! They have been enjoying their time on this River and sometimes feel like they are going in circles as it is very curvy! However, they are passing some beautiful landscapes and land-formations such as these coulees below.
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Carol and Glenn are almost out of Alberta and into Saskatchewan. They are happily paddling down the South Saskatchewan River and are quite enjoying the astonishing geology of their surroundings! Also, they are finding many interesting fossils along the way! Quite different from what they are used to seeing in Ontario!
A few days ago they found a great campsite just before Medicine Hat, Alberta, under a massive Cottonwood tree! The river is lined with these trees and are an excellent source of shade!
In the picture below, Carol is enjoying her breakfast of oatmeal, prunes and flax seed under a beautiful Cottonwood tree. An excellent place to put your feet out and relax before a busy day of paddling down the South Saskatchewan River.
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