I spent the day driving through the Cypress Hills area of southwestern Saskatchewan. These tires were the markers to lead me to the Murraydale Rodeo and Picnic. This is the longest continuously running rodeo in the province. It is located in a natural amphitheatre within the Cypress Hills.
This is a great little video introducing you to the Park.
It is literally in the middle of nowhere! I had crude instructions on finding it. I turned off the Trans Canada Highway at Tompkins and headed south into the Cypress Hills and up on the bench. The most beautiful parts of the road trip were also the places I could not stop and pull off the road.
The Cypress Hills, which were never glaciated, have a rich and exciting history. They are known as an erosional plateau having been formed by millions of years of sedimentary deposition followed by millions of years of erosion. An archaeology project started in the 1970’s has revealed human inhabitation of the hills for more than 8,500 years. (from the Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Alberta website) But I have to say that I didn't take any pictures in some of the most scenic spots!
|Driving south up into the Cypress Hills and onto the bench.|
|The Cypress Hills bench in the background.|
|The children work in teams of 4 and have to catch a calf and ride it for a specified amount of time. The girls are just as tough as the boys! You have to be in shape for this. They ran back and forth around that arena for about 20 minutes.|
|Yes, collecting recyclables in a beer box!|
|This little guy loved being on his horse! He was strapped in so he wouldn't fall and looked as comfortable as can be. His Mom held the reins.|