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.
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.
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.
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?
Grasslands is definitely on my to do list. After hiking mountains in Jasper, I yearn for some slightly flatter land.
The Grasslands seem like mountains to me:)