Central Alberta lies to the east of the Rockies and is the most densely populated area in the province but you would never know it. The area is most noted for its vast productive farmland and ranches. The landscape varies from the foothills to the prairies with a multitude of waterways. There is always lots to do in this area.
We spent most of our time boondocking (i.e., moochdocking) at various locations in Central Alberta. The food, drink, and conversation never ran dry.
Our rig and a grain truck during harvest
View of our rig parked next to the wheat field
Drone view of our site
Swather coming through
A cloudy day on the prairie
Site as seen from the Morning Glories
Parked amidst the grain bins
Surrounded by beautiful flowers
Parked by a wheat field
Sunrise over the grain bin as seen from our rig
We were there before harvest and during harvest, at least for some of the farms. This meant activity and more fabulous meals.
Wheat in a combine
Combined wheat moving to the grain bin
Auger, bins, and grain truck
Inside the grain truck as it is being emptied
Norm changing oil on various equipment
Grain bins by a canola field
Newly combined wheat being moved into the grain truck on a smokey day from the fires in Montana nd BC
Norm checking out the wheat
A perfect time of year for the garden. This meant not only lots of beautiful flowers but farm fresh veggies that were all absolutely delicious!
Sunflowers in the garden
Gladiolas in the garden
Norm digging potatoes
In the potato patch
Absolutely delicious cherry tomatoes – tasted like candy
Norm and our niece picking fresh strawberries – delicious
Choke cherries – they make an excellent jam or syrup
Beautiful flowers everywhere
But, there was work to do.
Generator in the back of the car to use with the electric drill
Norm drilling holes in Poplar stumps to fill with salt and water
Selfie showing stumps filled with salt and covered
Just some of the stumps we covered
Drilling holes in stumps
Selfie with a lone sunflower while working with the stumps
The last stump out of 99 stumps
Hauling branches away after trimming some trees
There’s were lots of animals around to keep us entertained.
Jade excited with the field of stubble of recently combined wheat – Harvest Happiness
Cow on road
Norm teasing Ruger
Ruger chasing drone
Meow meow meow cat
Sheep in Meeting Creek
Great Horned Owl perched on our roof – hmmm…..
And, as usual, we listened to the howling of coyotes at night.
We had beautiful hiking trails to allow us to work off all the wonderful food we were enjoying.
A lovely area on the farm
A walk in the woods
Autumn is here
Old Ferry Point Trail
Autumn leaves on the trail
We attended a few horse events, the Alberta Barrel Racing Finals in Ponoka and the Stettler Gymkhana, all to see our wonderful great niece participate and win a buckle. Congratulations Lexa!!
Lexa participating in the Alberta Barrel Racing Finals!
Stettler Gymkhana – our great niece riding
Pee Wee riding
Watching the event
That a girl
The winner gets a buckle – Congrats Lexa
We visited Miquelon Lake Provincial Park outside of Edmonton to visit our friends who were camp hosting. A lovely campground with nice private sites on a lake. If were weren’t always busy moochdocking that this would be a great place to stay.
Visiting our friends at Miquelon who were camp hosts
Trail at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
Typical site, C216, in the dry camping loop
Another fun place to visit is the Rosebush Tea House in Edberg for a lovely desert and some tea along with some shopping of various items all set up in an old house.
Rosebush Tea House Edberg Alberta
Tree lined entrance
Front of tea house
Old car with Cuba license plate
Lovely area under the trees
Dog wants into tea house
Cute blue bike
We also spent a day on the Alberta Prairie Steam Train which takes you on a return journey from Stettler to Big Valley and includes a lovely roast beef dinner and a train robbery!!!
Stettler Train Station
Lady In Purple
Passage between train cars
Bar car – boy was it popular
Train station at Big Valley
Cool Tool Museum
Besides that we had miscellaneous other excursions and fun.
Bashaw Fire Hall
Majestic Theater in Bashaw Alberta
Church in Camrose
Sunset in Edmonton
Grain Elevator and Train station
Farm field and slough
Viewing the eclipse
Sunset on the farm
But as the geese and the sandhill cranes started heading south and the motorhome and the car were being covered by frost we knew the time had come for us to move south also. Goodbye and farewell with fond memories!
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