Tired of broken pavement and ever expanding potholes on Hwy. 15 from Kenaston it wasn’t difficult to reach a decision to explore an alternate route after a delightful lunch at the Highway Host in Rosetown, SK. Heading south on the Hwy. 4 the well-maintained road leads through Elrose and Kyle, with Kyle being the larger center boasting amenities like a Co-op Marketplace, gas stations, and restaurants.
The rolling hills landscape was more pleasant to navigate on this well-maintained road and not too much traffic. As we approached the Diefenbaker Basin we were greeted by lush, green escarpments dappled in light and shadow with the dramatic cloud formations overhead.
With the beginning of the May long weekend the information centre was open. The lower level of the refurbished house has been converted to an interpretive centre. A young couple with baby in tow decided that the “museum” is too small to spend time in… I found it very informative. The Goodwin House Interpretive Centre is well organized sharing the natural history of the area.
Local flora and fauna are also well represented.
A great place to lock eyes with birds indigenous to the area… even if they are frozen in time…
Outside we were treated for a fly-over by a flock of pelicans. It is not often that I have my camera ready to capture such a sight!
Leaving the Diefenbaker Basin we stopped several times to capture the dramatic cloud formations. Saskatchewan isn’t called “land of living skies” in vain.
It isn’t often that destinations in Saskatchewan can be reached from two approaches with the same mileage. This drive was very pleasant and full of new sights and surprises. We have already decided that this is a great place to return to. The cactus will be in bloom in July… stay tuned and check in then to see if we made it back to the western end of the Diefenbaker Basin.