Our epic journey across the prairies of Canada began early on the morning of the 27th of December and, the plains are so vast that we are yet to find their limit. Soon after leaving Banff, the landscape changed and a new world of yellow grasslands with very few spindly-limbed trees completely naked of their leaves stretched before us for as far as the eye could see.
We had heard constantly from everyone in Canada about how boring a drive it would be through the prairies. But my story is a different one to tell. While less stunning at first sight, mysteriously and almost imperceptibly, the beauty of the prairies dawned on me. It lies in its subtlety. It is easy to be hopelessly swept away by the grandeur of the mountains, the breathtaking rock formations and the frozen waterfalls that we had seen previously during our travels. Compared to all that, the prairies first appeared to me as barren, desolate and monotonous. But the starkness and their boundless extent is the key to their beauty. There is nothing to obscure the view of the impossibly broad horizon and the soaring blue sky.
After nearly eight hours on the road, we finally made it to Regina, Saskatchewan. We stayed another night to avoid the snow and ice storm that was sweeping across the prairies to the east. In the wake of the storm, bitterly cold temperatures and icy winds descended upon us and followed us on our journey to Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Today set the record for cold temperatures ever experienced by Ty and I: -34 degrees with a wind chill of -52. It is a cold colder than I could ever have previously imagined. Needless to say, we stayed out of the wind and inside as much as possible. No frostbite for us, thank you very much!
Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. May all your dreams and wishes come true! We will be seeing in the New Year from here in “Winterpeg”. Missing you all as always!
From Winnipeg, Manitoba, with love xo