11-Jun-2001 -- After our successful visit to N50° W105°
we decided we would like to try for at least one more.
Although a secondary point, we thought that it was within
reach so headed out early afternoon to find the spot. Our
journey took us south east along highway 33 to Lajord (about
37 km) where we turned south for another 30 km on grid road
621. Fortunately my GPS receiver has an excellent set of
maps loaded in to it so we had no trouble following our path
along local roads to a point just north of the confluence.
We stopped at the farm and asked permission to continue
south since the "road" at this point turned into more or
less a trail across the field. Rural Saskatchewan is laid
out on a grid road system with roads running every mile as
you drive east and west and every two miles north and south.
In theory this is an excellent set-up but sometimes the
roads barely exist ... as in this case. The people we
talked to were quite willing to let us proceed through their
property and requested only that we not drive through the
fields. I assured them we would be on foot once the road
could get us no further.
Approximately 1.3 km south of the farm we came upon
N50° W149°59'26" so we knew we could drive no further. It
was a beautiful day for a walk ... a comfortable 21°C but
windy! When you live on the prairies you get used to a wind
blowing and today was certainly no exception. Gusting from
the NW at around 44 km/h we felt a little wind blown as we
trekked out across the field. About 800 metres in, we
reached our chosen spot, took pictures and headed back.
You will see from the pictures the spot is indeed "on the
prairie" with one thing quite obvious in each picture ...
flat. We returned to our van, took a few pictures of the
road we came in on and an old bridge that was just about
right on N50°. The creek it was built over had pretty well
dried up, although there was water underneath it that was
providing a great nesting place for several species of birds.
It also provided about the only real "scenic" view in the
We headed home, continuing south from where we had parked
knowing that before long we would reach a main road. We soon
found highway 306 which took us back to Regina. As a
"reward" for a job well done, we stopped in and treated
ourselves to ice cream cones. Our total trip was around
four hours and 180 km. All in all, an enjoyable afternoon.