Our Honeymoon Part III – The Badlands

I’ve been to the badlands in Alberta before with my dad and sister when I was 11 (I think). I remember it being really hot, really buggy and there was a really big dinosaur. To go back as an adult was really neat to relive some of my childhood experiences with my husband (I still have to get use to calling him that).

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Before reaching the Badlands we drove past field after field of Canola plants.

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It felt like we were going in the wrong direction until we drove over a hill and saw the Badlands. We had enough day light left to explore so we started with the Suspension Bridge.

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Then we drove around looking for somewhere to sleep. After talking with some locals we had a couple options. One being a beautiful but uneven spot by a bridge.

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Since it stays light out until 10pm during the summer out west we decided to keep looking and stopped to hike around the Hoodoos. But first we stopped to admire an Albertan deer with big ears.

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We ended up sleeping in the parking lot of the Hoodoos and no one seemed to mind. In fact, we weren’t alone. There were two other vehicles who seemed to have had the same idea. We woke up in the middle of the badlands to a sunrise over the Hoodoos.

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We decided to hike around one more time before hitting the road to check out another part of the badlands. The hoodoos are a short easy hike but you could easily spend a couple hours there just wandering around.

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My KEEN Durands were very comfortable and had a lot of traction while climbing the loose sand to the top of the Hoodoos.

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My husband also owns a pair or two of KEENS now and I got to take a turn playing photographer with his feet in his KEEN Bryce’s.

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We weren’t done hiking so next we headed to Horseshoe Canyon. The nice thing about exploring the badlands is all the hiking was free. Or at least the parking for those trails were free. And it’s absolutely beautiful. Such a drastic change in scenery from Ontario to Alberta.

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The best part about this is we aren’t even close to being done exploring Alberta. Next up is Calgary and then the mountains. We are 4,000km into our trip and it’s just the beginning.

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