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We actually managed to get out of Swift Current before noon, making this our quickest get-away yet! Back on the Trans-Canada Highway 1, heading towards Alberta.

But first a detour south to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park in Saskatchewan, stopping in Maple Creek for a slightly unsatisfactory lunch in an over-priced sports bar.

But the park itself, well, that was lovely. The entrance led to this beautiful lake, named, curiously enough considering we stayed at the original in Scotland last year, Loch Leven.

But the real gem of the park was the view from the top of this island relic of the glacial age. An extraordinary panorama of the gorgeous sculptured and undulating Saskatchewan countryside.I sat and gazed at this view for a long time, basking in the beauty of the sun dappling the checkerboard landscape.

Then it was back on the highway into Alberta, and now in the Blue Mountain Motel, Pincher Creek, arriving just as the sun was setting and the high mountains lay profiled against the darkening western sky.

Beautiful.

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