To escape wildfire smoke that had blanketed the Kootenays for days, we drove east into southern Alberta.
At Lundbreck Falls, the Crowsnest River tumbles down a limestone gorge. Further east where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump preserves the communal bison hunt site and surrounding landscape.
Medicine wheels provide further evidence of a nomadic aboriginal culture. We made camp on a remote butte looking out over coulees and rolling prairie just below the Sundial Medicine Wheel.
This trip took us through a variety of landscapes. Regardless of the terrain, solitary peaceful campsites were our reward at the end of the day.
Back in BC, scenery was spectacular on our Bull River FSR route.
From the Bull River to Fort Steele the ecosystem alongside the Rocky Mountains changes once again. Blue skies, fresh air and conversations with strangers along the way made this trip east worthwhile.