- Louis L'Amour
During my husband’s first full summer in Alberta, I was adamant about taking him camping in the Canadian Badlands. He, on the other hand, wasn’t so keen on the idea.
(That’s my husband above, basking in Alberta’s desert-like setting. Take note that no one is shooting at him.)
(Can you see my husband? Look way down at the bottom, just before the date stamp.)
Plus, I even befriended a firefighter from Rosebud prior to stopping for lunch at WHIFS, the cutest little roadside diner. Score!
But my favourite of all these sites was by far Horse Thief Canyon.
(If only our photos actually did some justice to this site!)
The top portion of the sign in the photo above reads as follows:
“This area of the Red Deer River valley earned its name during the early settler years when ranching was the main industry. Thousands of horses ranged from here to beyond the “Hand Hills” to the east. Legend has it that horses would disappear into these canyons of the Red Deer River valley, later to reappear carrying a different brand. Hence the name 'Horse Thief Canyon'.”
It sounds like it came straight out of a Louis L’Amour novel. I love it.