WE HAD THE DISTINCT PLEASURE of turning south off the TransCanada Highway 16 onto 897 South, and driving through a district of ranches hosting various breeds of cattle and several herds of bison. We were on the hunt for the distinct ‘Climb Thru Time’ restored grain elevator in the town of Paradise Valley. On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, we found a local campsite at Three Cities within the confines of the village and settled in for the night. We prepared a small meal from the back of our van and relaxed to the rustle of leaves, howling coyotes and honking geese. Ominous clouds blackened the prairie sky and we packed ourselves into the back of the van. We fell asleep on the bunk, eventually. Even the bombardment of thunder, bright lightening and pounding rain couldn’t interfere with our need for a deep snooze.
The following morning, the pretty, young museum hostess opened the doors for us at 9:00 a.m. and we ventured for nearly two hours up to the very top of the grain elevator. Frank said that it was the first time he’d ever been to the annex and the view from the small windows presented a memorable image of the vast expanse of the district.
The artifacts in the museum were plentiful and the displays were presented in such a way that you felt part of the time gone by. Our journey up the easy ramp was rewarded by a stop at the gift shop where we enjoyed a beverage and a sample of homemade sweets. I purchased a few items that I will display proudly at home.
Our destination was the ♫ John Archand Fiddle Fest ♫ near Pike Lake, Saskatchewan, but first there were more small towns to visit and museums to explore.
|Paradise Valley offers a fabulous museum.|