Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai'pi Provincial Park, Alberta
It was a lively, lovely, windy day at Writing-on-Stone. We set out on the trail through the hoodoos, sometimes walking, sometimes climbing, sometimes sliding down rocks on our behinds. The sandstone rock formations are stunning, and so much fun to walk among. At the end of the trail there’s a cliff covered in petroglyphs that depict battle scenes, thought to be Blackfoot from the 19th century. From there we walked right down to the shore of the Milk River and sat for a while, watching a group of canoes and kayaks come down the river, watching the river flow continually to the east, the wind relentless but cheerful. Walking back, it’s impossible to find the same pathways through the hoodoos, not that you would want to as getting lost is part of the fun of walking among these rock giants.
Location: Hoodoo trail, Writing-on-stone Provincial Park
Length: 4 km
Companions: Annie, Troy
Date: 4 June, 2018
Sandra Cowan likes to walk on trails, paths, and city streets. She is based in southern Alberta, Canada, as a visitor in the land of the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot Nation).