Last summer, we were invited to a bridal shower for my cousin in Vassar. This was the perfect excuse for me, my mom, my two sisters-in-law, and their three eldest daughters to pile into a van and go for a drive. As we were zipping along south on the Number 12, one of my sisters-in-law noticed we’d passed a cairn. Bless her heart, she said we should try to make a point of stopping at it on our way back to Steinbach! In that beautiful moment, I felt truly known and understood.
Thanks to our long Manitoba summers, it was still light out when we were returning home, and we were indeed able to explore a bit. The cairn in question turned out to be a marker for the Watson P. Davidson Wildlife Management Area.
Apparently this was Manitoba’s FIRST Wildlife Management Area. I learned more on this government page about where I might find other WMA’s. Turns out the Watson P. Davidson Wildlife Management Area is one of the larger ones, especially in our region of the province. I also learned these areas contain black bears and gray wolves. Ooooh. Hmmm. I’m considering making a return, to explore!
I read up about Watson P. Davidson on the Manitoba Historical Society website, and it sounds like he was a truly excellent gentleman. He was an American land developer who bought all this land and donated it to the Manitoba government, which in turn created this WMA. Coooool!
It was a gorgeous day and my nieces were dressed up, so the little stop turned into a photo shoot. I think it looks like they like cairns just as much as I do!
You know, it’s rather fitting that we stopped at this wildlife management area… because they’re pretty wild themselves. (And obviously I wouldn’t have it any other way.)