Peace River, Alberta – Howling coyotes at half moon

2900 km to Inuvik. A beating argument to get on the road again. The sky above the prairie is wide; again and again white clouds are piling up into the blue. Canola is blooming yellow, but it is very low. It is already middle July. The measly meadow is maybe 30 cm high but already bleaching. Not a good harvest this year. On the left hand side a domesticated bison herd is grazing peacefully. Our bison demand is met since Archie’s neighbours, bison breeders, well stocked us. Ten more kilos bison steaks are plugging our fridge and freezer.

Peace River is one of these rivers that, invisibly from far, pestered into the prairie before ages – a welcome change in prairie monotony. In the town Peace River the No Frills Supermarket behind Canadian Tire is a good bid. There are good fruit and vegetable varieties and most articles are cheaper than in other supermarkets around.

A dreamlike lonely gravel road is leading us in the evening another time steeply down into the valley. We find a site at the really peaceful but fast flowing river and are enjoying nature and loneliness. Not for long. Nature stays, loneliness goes. The half-moon is setting on the opposite bank and is mirroring in the river water. A couple of coyotes are barking clearly and howling. We probably aren’t that lonely.

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