They travelled all morning. They were just about to stop to make lunch when they stumbled upon a mysterious place. They were approaching an aspen forest, but it was unlike any grove of trees they had ever seen before. Every trunk and every branch of every tree was crooked and twisted. Some trees were growing upwards, others were bending downwards, while others were growing sideways or in spiral shapes. It had a foreboding, evil feel to it. It was a strange phenomenon to behold. Golden remembered what Grandpa Gordon had told her; that deformed plant life was a sign of high energy in that spot.
“What is this place? This is amazing!” Golden asked.“I am gobsmacked. I have never seen anything like it,”
Button replied. “Let’s take a quick gander!”
They tied their horses securely to a tree, then cautiously made their way through the small grove. It was a captivating place.
- Excerpt from Dagger of Urachadh: Attack from the Underworld, p. 139
One of the coolest places that I have ever visited is the Crooked Trees near Hafford, Saskatchewan. You can check them out here:
The Crooked Bush | Tourism Saskatchewan
You will hardly believe your own eyes. The branches twist and turn giving this unusual forest an eerie feeling. The origin of their deformation is unknown. I just had to add this unique place to my book!
Karen E. Mosier
1. Tourism Saskatchewan Canada. The Crooked Bush. www.tourismsaskatchewan.com/listings/51/hafford---the-crooked-bush
2. Robin and Arlene Karpan. 2018. Saskatchewan’s Best Scenic Drives. Touring the Thickwood Hills: Battlefords, Burma Road and Crooked Bush Loop. P. 141-142. Parkland Publishing.