There were other places further north I could have ventured, but without realising it until I reached the Rockies, I was suffering from flat-phobia. Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, shared by Saskatchewan and Alberta, didn’t cure it. While the forests, the hikes and the lookout were scenic, I hungered for higher mountains and taller trees.
When I told a dear friend I‘d visited her home province, she said, “Isn’t it beautiful?” As I nodded my head in agreement, flat-phobia crept up my chest so I had to take a few gasps of breath. Yes, it was beautiful, but I’m done with prairie provinces. At least I think I am – but then there’s Churchill, Manitoba where the polar bears hang out. Can I survive that flat landscape? I’ll keep you posted because maybe, just maybe, I’ll fly there. I definitely won’t drive over that endless flat land.