We set out on our journey under a grey, smoke-filled sky. The radio informed us the air quality was affected right through to Manitoba. I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like for those in BC, close to the raging forest fires.
Although still smoky, the severity gradually lessened as we headed east.
Our first night was spent in Caronport, SK. My writer friend Sheila cooked us dinner and allowed us to camp in front of her home. The next morning I gave my ‘Fighting Fears’ talk to a small group of women. Sheila graciously booked a hall, provided refreshments and put up posters advertising this event.
Night two was spent in Regina with our Choices friend Allison, who reserved a spot in her driveway for us to camp. Lively conversation and many laughs followed as we attended a market under the stars with her and her daughter Sara. I purchased a Saskatoon berry drink in a container shaped like a lightbulb. The drink was good but the flashing lightbulb was even better! I guess I’m just a kid at heart!
Day three we drove an hour to Fort Qu’Appelle to visit our friends Robert and Aileen. They live on a hill overlooking Mission lake and the view was beautiful. Aileen is an artist who works with glass and offered to create a custom piece for me. I am excited to have one of her one-of-a-kind pieces. We left this peaceful setting with the promise to return when we could spend longer.
After a scenic drive, we stopped at Indian Head for a picnic dinner before heading on to a campground in Grenfell,SK for the night.
The next morning we crossed into Manitoba. Lunch was at the restaurant of a Choices friend in Brandon. A drive through Winnipeg was interesting and disconcerting as the carrier on the back of the van scraped on the uneven, bumpy roads. The night was spent in Portage la Prairie in a Walmart parking lot. More about boondocking in another post!
Sunday morning we attended an inspiring church service. While there we met a friendly couple who gave us their name and phone number in case we pass through this way on our return home.
I had my picture taken in front of the world’s largest CocaCola can and then we drove though Island Park, making some stops for pictures. This city was an unexpected treasure and definitely on our return to list.