**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
-clothing suitable for the weather
-WATER. We're going to a desert, after all