Hello 2018!!! You are a beautiful sight for sore eyes!!!! I love the dawn of a new year. It brings with it all sorts of possibilities. And the possibilities in 2018 are endless for Q and I as we continue on our nomadic journey. This year will be the beginning of TNN’s Cross Country Portage! Oh ya, baby!!! So it only seems appropriate that our first post of 2018 be written about something TNN love oh so much….. travel!
For most, a cluster of crooked trees would arouse nothing more than a creepy awareness of their spooky surroundings. But when the cluster of serpentine saplings is surrounded by their straight as an arrow brethren, it causes one to pause, not out of fear but curiosity. Such is the case for the wooded area known as The Crooked Bush near Hafford, Saskatchewan.
This gnarly Aspen grove which defies nature by growing down and sideways are within a road width of their straight-laced Aspen cousins, with the entirety of the woodland surrounded by farmland. Scientists believe this lab experiment “gone awry” is due to genetic mutation although legends attribute the tree’s abnormal, other-worldly appearance to UFOs. Local lore suggests those who enter The Crooked Bush will experience episodes of dizziness. Cattle have even been known to refrain from entering and wandering through this patch of crazy forest.
Granted, this natural wonder is found quite literally in the middle of nowhere it is a popular tourist attraction. The day we stopped by there were five other families visiting these peculiar trees. Don’t expect any alone time regardless of the location’s remoteness.
A small parking lot and outhouse greet you at the entrance where a short trail meanders through the woods allowing you to gaze upon these scientific marvels. As the signs suggest stay on the boardwalk to prevent killing any seedlings and keep your children off the trees.
To reach the Crooked Bush head west past Hafford on highway 40 for 8.2 km. Turn right and travel another 16.2 km where you will come to a smaller gravel road that looks like a private drive. Turn left and you’ll find these twisty trees about 3.9 km on your left.
~ True North Nomad
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