I didn't do any writing today. Instead, we took our family and went with some extended family to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in Alberta. (Here are some of the pictures we took) This is one of my family's favorite places to go. There is a river to play in with a nice sandy beach and well-kept picnic and camping areas. But the best part are the "Hoodoos". They are sandstone formations that are incredibly fascinating. The kids love to hike in them. (They make for a great game of hide-and-seek.)
We were pleased to arrive today and find that the brand new interpretive centre was finally open. It is a beautiful building with lots of interactive displays explaining how the rocks were formed and even more interesting to me, how the native people, especially the Blackfoot tribe, revered the area. We learned how they believed the area was home to many spirits and other interesting stories about the area.
After lunch we went for a 3.6 km (about 2 mile) hike through hoodoos in part of the park to see some old Indian carvings on the rocks. I was already planning on featuring this location in the next book I am working on, so visiting today really sparked my imagination for the things I want to happen there. Even though I didn't actually put any words down, my mind is working over time, and as with everything else I do, I will write about it in the end.