Day 19: Dauphin to Brandon by car.
Riding Mountain National Park 8km
Saturday, May 19
Sunny and cool with a light wind. 20C
Our beds lastnight were less than comfortable although because we were so tired we didn’t notice until morning. We tuned in the Royal wedding and I watched with one eye open from under the covers. Once we did get up we ate cereal in our room and then took a quick tour of downtown Dauphin before driving back into Riding Mountain.
There is so much to see and do in the park that we decided to spend the day again. It started with a short hike at Beach Ridges where aspen trees towered overhead.
Then we walked the loop at Kippan’s Mill and then a midmorning snack at Moon Lake.
After that we drove through the Bison enclosure near Lake Audy. We did see some bison from quite a distance but we still wanted to do some riding so we continued on to the Strathclair trail and got our bikes ready to ride. There were people biking and horseback riding as well as a couple on bikes. The trail was grassy again and went on for miles.
We only rode a short distance before we had an option to take the Central trail which follows the fence line of the Bison enclosure. We rode about 4km before deciding to turn around and shortly after that we spotted a mother bear and her three cubs. She scooted them up a tree (see picture below) and they turned around to stare us down! We took off in a hurry.
When we got back to the van we had a picnic lunch before driving back through the Bison enclosure. Mom spotted one very close by and we waited while he slowly grazed his way towards us. We spent several minutes just watching and he didn’t seem to care in the least.
Finally on our way back to Wassagaming Mom spotted a moose in the woods by the side of the road. Again we watched for several minutes while it munched its way back into the forest. Can you spot it?
Then we had to drive back to Brandon where we will set off on our bikes again in the morning.