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    1000 miles from nowhere

    My back yard is pretty big. This is the land of the long road. Like Australia, you can travel two long days and get nowhere fast. 1200 miles takes one to Saskatchewan, North to the Boreal Forests; south to Montana; or West to the Pacific Coast.
    But I like Alberta's eastern grasslands the best: this is the land of the original cowboy, no fences; wild horses and wolf packs still roam free. Indeed, you can travel for days and never see police. And if you run into trouble, well you are pretty well on your own. Though folks will help out a stranger if they sense honest distress and night or a storm is coming on.
    Like Peru, Tibet, Samoa, you can get lost and die out here pretty easily if you don't know the rules (or ropes).
    But once you do, this can be (as with most places) paradise on earth

    This is my friend Vern Lonsberry tending a newborn colt. Making sure momma and baby are okay.
    Photo taken at Buffalo, Alberta. This is the home of the great rattlesnake dens that still exist in the hills along the Red Deer River. This location is about 2 hours on gravel roads east of Drumheller, Alberta: home of the world famous Tyrell Museum and the great dinosaur bone beds. Even at Buffalo great dinosaur finds are still being made. I quite often go out to this country and get lost for a few days with a backpack and camera.
    The second photo shows my grandson with me in the bone beds near Buffalo. It was 110 degrees that day.
    The third shows a Drumheller tourist attractioin.
    The 4th and 5th photos are vistas of the bonebeds.

    Photo 6 is a triceratops skeleton found in the Red Deer River Valley near Drumheller. Though they never divulge where in the valley great finds are made.

    Photo 7 is a monster Golden Orb spider we found in a web straddling a badger hole. The spider was about three inches across the abdomen. We also have scorpions, Black Widow spders and the last photo is of a 14 year old rattlesnake we encountered on our way out of the valley that hot day. We ran into about 7 snakes that day.
    In this country you will definitely not get bored very easily if you have eyes, ears and sound legs. Expect the unexpected at every turn.
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