10 Jul HEAD HILL
Up a little early today, at least by this trip’s standards. 9am and we knock back breakfast, load up, and start hiking. Our destination is a bridge about 4 kms away, a place called Head Hill. With an incredible number of muskox skulls and other bones in close proximity, it’s a unique place. No one seems certain why they are there, but I’m told that most of the bones date back to the 1850s.
We come close to getting soakers through the wet ground in the first half of the trek, then begin our accent. Not that big a hill elevation-wise, it does offer some great vistas over the region with each step we take. And as its name promised, we find dozens upon dozens of muskox skulls in a few different places. Interspersed in between are countless pieces of bone as well. We also find some rock piles in circles nearby – signs that early hunters were the cause of this? Whatever the reason, it’s a fascinating sight. Combined with a big view of the river in the distance, it could also make an interesting painting. I work on this possibility until 11:30pm and enjoy the view further as I pack up my easel. A great day.