from Saskatoon into Alberta the sky dominates the landscape
An all day rain on Tuesday kept us from checking out Saskatoon, so that will have to wait for the next time we're in town.
Wednesday morning we headed out of Saskatoon on Highway 16, the Trans Canadian Highway. The road goes northwest toward our destination for today, the Alberta border. The land is prairie farmland that becomes increasingly rolling and hilly by the time you get to the town of Battleford where we left Highway 16 and turned North. Battleford is named for several famous battles that took place here between the Metis people and the Canadian Government.
Metis is the name for a race of people born from European and Indian marriages. They formed a new nation, separate from either culture, and in the late 1800s they revolted against the treatment they were receiving from the Canadian Government. Several battles were fought, and in 1885 their leader Louis Riel was captured, tried for treason and hanged. Today however, Riel is a hero and is recognized as a man who was martyred for trying to help his people receive simple justice.
For the rest of the day the sky dominated the landscape. It was sometimes benign, sometimes threatening, and at all times gorgeous. A few days ago I wrote that on a prairie the sky is a living presence, and no time has that been truer than today. Saskatchewan and Alberta are both known for their beautiful skies, and traveling from one to the other it is sometimes hard to keep your eyes on the road. The following pictures tell the story.