Desert, Not Dessert

**RSVPs Open Monday, May 12, 8a**

Spirit Sands in Spruce Woods Provincial Park is a very unique place. It's an actual DESERT in Manitoba!

(I can't wait to bust out my hiking flip flops.  Yes, I wore those hiking Spirit Sands.)

How did a DESERT form in Manitoba?  Well, thank goodness for copy & paste:  "when the last great glacier began to melt locally about 12,000 years ago, the Assiniboine River was 1.5 km wide. It was laden with sand and other sediments from melting glaciers in what is now Saskatchewan. It drained into the huge Lake Agassiz just south of present-day Brandon. From the mouth, the fine sand fanned out into the 6,500 km2 Assiniboine Delta which almost extends to Portage la Prairie. As the glacier continued melting northward and Lake Agassiz drained to the south, sands of the delta became exposed.

For Aboriginal people, the sand dunes were a place close to the Great Spirit or Kiche Manitou, rather than a place or home of evil spirits. Its present name "Spirit Sands" recognizes the dunes' religious significance to early inhabitants."

There isn't just sand...there's beautiful forests as well!  It will certainly be a photographer's dream.  Provided the weather is good, of course!

Here's the plan as we see it in our heads:
8:00a - Meet at the Timmys BY THE CANADIAN TIRE on Portage Ave...NOT THE ONE BY THE CAR DEALERSHIPS!  For whatever reason, the maps function on this site sends you to the wrong one.  We will meet there to collect meetup fees and organize carpools.
8:15a - Head off to Spirit Sands
10:15a (approx) - Arrive at the Spirit Sands trailhead; get organized
10:30a - Head out on the trails (see map below)
11:45a (approx) - Arrive at Devils Punch Bowl; have picnic lunch, explore punch bowl area
12:30p - Back out on the trails to the dunes
2:00p - Meet back at main parking area; head back to Winnipeg
4:00p - Arrive back at Timmys; head home

What you need to bring:

-$2 meetup fee, plus cash for gas if you are a rider
-picnic lunch
-clothing suitable for the weather
-WATER.  We're going to a desert, after all

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great day, good company and the weather was excellent

    May 25, 2014

  • Mike T.

    I thought we had an exceptional time. Great company, terrific weather and fantastic out of this world scenery. It was great to get out into the wilderness again

    May 25, 2014

  • Karyn

    That was the warmest I have been since moving to Manitoba - Loved it - admittedly getting into an air conditioned car at the end was pretty great too. lol. Great to meet all of you, had fun and loved the trip!

    2 · May 25, 2014

  • Holly T.

    Great! Hot! I loved it, and I especially loved the abandoned house that Jin found on the say out. And this is what I learned about it!

    2 · May 24, 2014

  • Holly T.

    TOMORROW IS GOING TO BE HOT HOT HOT!!! PLEASE remember to bring a lot of WATER and SUNSCREEN as well. And bug spray. And a hat. The Weather Network is calling for a high of 32 with a potential humidex of 38. SAFETY FIRST, FRIENDS!

    3 · May 23, 2014

  • Pamela M.

    Wish I could go, but I have a plant and bake fundraiser to do in St. James. Enjoy!

    May 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey gang. The long range forecast is calling for temps of 28-29,so don't forget to pack water!

    2 · May 19, 2014

  • Karyn

    I am relatively new to the 'peg and had no idea this place existed. A Big TY to Holly and Roxane for organizing. I am so excited to go! As a newbie to DSLR any recommendations to keep sand out of the camera on this event ie anything I should look into buying?Or is it just common sense and carefulness?

    1 · May 14, 2014

    • Karyn

      Uhm- can somone give me the street number and cross road for the correct Timmies? I want to make sure I go to the right one!

      May 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      3649 portage ave., in front of canadian tire

      May 16, 2014

8 went

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