Tuesday September 12, 2017
We have it in our heads that there is no other touristy things for us to see so we will enjoy camping and take in the sites of the lower prairies. We have decided to stay in Canada as it is not worth the hassle of declaring our liquor and I really am not keen on supporting the US economy at this time. We may discover a different route through Ontario but for now we are content to stop here and there and make our way back to Osgoode. Hopefully we will ease back into the time change. The fact that I am missing my two grandboys and our daughter has just announced to the world that she is expecting might hurry along our homecoming.
We stopped in Maple Creek, home of Zack Smith of the Ottawa Senators. Not for this reason, but it says in my Tour Book that this town is affectionately known as “Old Cow Town”. “The town still has a look of the Old West with trucks and Stetson-wearing ranchers filling the downtown streets.” Honestly I see more cowboy hats at the Metcalfe Fair and Greenwood BC had more Old West storefront ambience. Oh well…their descriptions get you into their town and we did have a delicious egg salad sandwich at “The Shop”.
We have stopped at a little campsite, two years old just outside of Swift Current. One shower …one toilet. But they’re new and clean. I find myself saying more and more on this trip “Build it and they will come”.
Wednesday September 13
Heading for Regina to visit the RCMP Heritage Centre.
Wishing we would have stopped here at the beginning of our trip. The influence the NWMP (as they were known) had on settling the West and eventually the North was inspiring. Both Ray and I had no idea, but are all the smarter now! It was truly a remarkable centre. One gets quite the history lesson with rooms full of artifacts and information as well as a virtual tour of the Musical Ride, solve a murder in a room full of clues, drive a RCMP car (child size) on a chase and even play dress up (Not everyone should wear a The Red Serge…no disrespect)
We watched the short movie ‘Courage in Red’ and I couldn’t help thinking of the Corrigans, Brandon Churchill, Inge Mathieson and Mike Potvin who lost his life while serving. If we had planned this a little better we would have seen the parade. Highly recommend a stop at “The Depot” .
Tonight we will stay in Indian Head Campsite.
Thursday September 14th
Left Indian Head, SK this morning around 9:30am. Drove right through Brandon MB, Winnipeg , MB and have stopped at the Pine Tree Campground in Prawda MB. We’re just a couple of hours from the Ontario border. Once we go through Thunder Bay, north to Nipigon we’ll decide if we will continue with the route (Hwy #17) we took at the beginning of our trip or will we swing up north to Hwy #11, through Kapuskasing, Kirkland Lakes, New Liskeard, around the west side of Algonquin Park, and again chose the route to Home Sweet Home.
I have to say now that we are enroute to Osgoode (and we knew this would happen) we are quite anxious to get home. We still have our boat and dock to take out, weddings to attend; the RV will need a good scrubbing and I hear there will be some good golfing weather left.
I can’t wait to catch up with family and friends. I will sniff you…you know who you are…and hug you like I will never let you go. You have travelled with us via Facebook and the Blog and it has made me appreciate this trip even more. You are with us everywhere we go. We brag about you to anyone who will listen. We wanted to share the places we’ve been, the attractions we have visited, the people we have met and rekindled with, the wine we have tasted, the food we have eaten, the mountains we have climbed, the valleys that smoked us out, the lakes we have swam because you’re going to hear about it anyway! !!! See you soon. xoxoxoxoxo