Back in June I spent a day in Simmie, Saskatchewan, kayaking with a great group of people.  Plans were made shortly after to test out an idea that John Smith, the owner, had been tossing around.

After a lot of preparation, a group of us set out on an overnight kayaking trip through the Grasslands National Park.  I was there to document the event.

If you remember the post about my day in Simmie, you will remember that I was way out of shape.  I still am!

But, I proudly completed the journey.  10 hours of kayaking over two days.  It was a blast.  Laughter, serenity, pushing my limits.  Wildlife jumping out of nowhere, portaging, and learning to read the water.

I definitely feel that I gained great experience as a kayaker.  The second day, John pushed us to work on our skills.  Although I was more worried about refining my skills with the camera in such a setting, I was happy to notice that some of the things he was teaching were setting in.

Frenchmen River in Grasslands National Park
Frenchmen River in Grasslands National Park

In addition to Kayaking, I was able to squeeze in a hike at Eagle Butte.  This loop was 2 km.  There is a longer one, but the heat was insane and borderline dangerous, so I settled for this one.

Eagle Butte is a 2km loop just inside Grasslands National Park.
Eagle Butte is a 2km loop just inside Grasslands National Park.

My tent was going to be packed in advance for the overnight, so the evening prior to the trip I stayed in my car in a cute campground called The Crossing Resort.  They have a beautiful yard with a few tenting and RV spots, 2 tipis, and a few rooms available.  I highly recommend staying there for your Grasslands experience.

Next time, I am booking one of these beauties!
Next time, I am booking one of these beauties!

It was a great couple of days and I can’t wait to get back to Grasslands National Park.  I barely scratched the surface!  Have you been?

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