Dief the Lake

Saskatoon to Cutbank (Danielson Provincial Park): DAY: 108.57km. ODO: 2,180km. AVS: 24.6km/h. MXS: 42.5km/h. ATM: 4:24.

I left Saskatoon at the bright and early hour of 12:00 noon today. I followed highway 291, a little-used southbound route that follows, roughly, the South Saskatchewan River. I passed a great little marsh where I saw a Horned Grebe, a large flock of Franklin’s Gulls, and a dozen Black Terns.

I am encamped within the boundaries of Danielson Provincial Park, which sits on the north shore of Lake Diefenbaker, an artificial reservoir created by the Gardiner and Q’Appele dams. I arrived at 5:30, which left me lots of time to prepare dinner and go for a walk. During my walk I saw two white-tailed deer, a beaver, a Yellow warbler, a flock of Cedar Waxwings, a Flicker, and possibly a pair of Grackles. Some nearby coyotes howl periodically as well, at sundown and beyond.
It’s not a bad campground, for a public park. Pretty quiet, lots of foliage. Reminds me of Bird’s Hill, near Winnipeg, a bit.

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