The Long Road to Saskatoon

I am heading off to Saskatoon today. It has been 20 years since I was last there. Rather shameful delay, actually, since I earned my geophysics badge in Saskatoon and was treated really well by all the professors at the University of Saskatchewan. (In other words, none of them failed me.) I should have not waited twenty years to return for a visit, but it is an eight-hour drive from my home in Calgary. That makes it too far to drive, yet too close to fly. So, I just don’t go there. However, with the help of a good friend, I finally drove up to the city named for a bright blue low-hanging fruit. The route between the two cities is a rather monotonous trail. Lots of wheat and canola. And hundreds of ranches with alfalfa and clover – great nectar sources that make the area one of the best in the world for honey production. Today’s blog posting is simply a few pictures from the drive.

Not all of Alberta’s energy is sucked from the ground.

Youngstown, Alberta. There is another Youngstown (in Ohio) not far from
my childhood home in Pennsylvania. (I have heard it is also losing population.)

Saskatchewan in Sight

 

About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a geophysicist who also does a bit of science writing and blogging. Ron has worked as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has written two books, dozens of magazine and journal articles, and complements his first book, Bad Beekeeping, with a popular blog at www.badbeekeeping.com. Ron wrote his most recent book, The Mountain Mystery, for everyone who has looked at a mountain and wondered what miracles of nature set it upon the landscape. For more about Ron, including some cool pictures taken when he was a teenager, please check Ron's site: miksha.com.
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