Golden had been trudging hour after hour up and down the steep grassy terrain, walking around ponds or small streams as need be. The sun was high in the sky. “I have walked the morning away,” she said out loud, and sighed wearily.
She topped a rise and suddenly saw in the distance a massive mountain range. A steep peak towered over the landscape near the end of the range. It gave her a goal. I’ll climb to the top to see if I can spot a road or farmhouse and find someone to help me! she thought.
It was a steep climb. It took her a long time to make it to the top. As she caught her breath, she looked at the beautiful panoramic view around her. She could see for miles.
The stone beneath her feet looked like limestone. She was standing on one of a series of ridges and peaks. Peeking over the edge, she saw spectacular cliffs and breathtaking peaks and a river meandering slowly through a lush green valley. Across the way, parallel with her mountaintop perch, rose another set of darker rock formations, lower and light grey in colour. A soaring falcon cried out overhead as it left its nest high up in the crevice of a boulder.
- Excerpt from Dagger of Urachadh: Attack from the Underworld, p. 16-17.
When I first started writing my book I had no idea of all the interesting places to visit in Saskatchewan. One such place is Jones Peak near Ravenscrag. It is an impressive site that resembles the badlands with colourful layers of sediment exposed in places. Specifically, “The highest point along Ravencrag road is Jones Peak” . You get an amazing view of the Frenchman river. The steep climb is definitely worth the effort! The moment that I saw all the spectacular beauty surrounding me, I knew I would have to feature Jones Peak in my book.
Karen E. Mosier
1. Robin and Arlene Karpan. 2017. The Great Saskatchewan BUCKET LIST. Guardian of the Whitemud Jones Peak. P. 21-23. Parkland Publishing.