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North Battleford to Portage la Prairie

Posted in Abandoned buildings, Discrimination, Driving, Frustration, Ghost towns, Gladstone, Insinger, Manitoba, Moving, North Battleford, Portage la Prairie, Saskatchewan, Traffic, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2017 by Amanda

Yesterday I must have walked up and down the three flights of stairs to my apartment at least forty times packing things into my car.  I found all that stair climbing to be a bit tiring.  It actually went more quickly than I expected. I didn’t end up putting everything I thought I might in be car as I decided having some visibility out my back window was more important.  It was really odd to see my apartment so empty.  I had mailed seven Rubbermaid bins the day before and gave away quite a few things too.  I managed to sell all my furniture.  Anyway, I really acquired a lot more stuff than I had thought I had.  I think in the future I should really think a bit more before buying things!

Today was a bit more frustrating that I expected.  I did not start off well.  After moving my car out of a friend’s garage where I had spent the night we discovered that there was oil on the garage floor.  I went and had it looked at and they tightened something.  They weren’t worried and think it will be fine regardless as the oil thing will still full.  I still found this fairly stressful though.

I was amazed at how little I remembered of the places I drove through from when I drove through them 4.5 years ago.  I didn’t remember at look of the places though there were a bunch that were familiar from seeing items from their library branches.

I stopped at a place called Insinger which is semi-abandoned and had an interesting abandoned church.  Just when I was about to go back on the highway, I noticed another church on the other side of the highway.  The Ukrainian influence is definitely strong in this area!  The second church was in much better shape but still looked unused.  There was an adjacent cemetery where many of the gravestones were in Ukrainian.


My car in front of the church in Insinger.

I had forgotten just how quickly after Saskatoon the divided highway ends.  I don’t remember it being a big deal when I drove to North Battleford but I’m pretty sure there was a lot less traffic in the middle of winter.  It wasn’t so much the amount of traffic that was frustrating but rather the lack of willingness to pass slow vehicles which resulted in huge groupings of vehicles.

As I was driving, I realized I could have put a few more things in my car without really impacting visibility.  I spent some time even thinking of specific things I could have put there.  However, I didn’t leave behind anything of much value and I reasoned that I probably erred in the right direction.

In Gladstone, Manitoba, I stopped at the Happy Rock which might just be the best roadside attraction!  However, it is also the thing I’m most baffled about not remembering from before.


Happy Rock!

Unfortunately, my day ended as frustratingly as it started.  After checking in to my motel room, I decided to walk to Boston Pizza and it was nearby and I didn’t feel like driving anymore.  There were a few available tables and a few people were leaving as I talked to the girl at the desk.  She walked around a bit and muttered to herself and then told me to go to the bar part.  I didn’t really want to but reluctantly headed over there.  I was totally ignored there and it was too loud for my liking anyhow.  So, I forced to go have a veggie burger at Burger King.  I really would have preferred to have pasta though.  I am so sick of discrimination against single people!  I wrote a complaint email to Boston Pizza but I don’t have high hopes of a non-formulaic response.  I’m really hoping that tomorrow goes better!



I’m SO not going to miss this place!

Posted in Apartment buildings, Fire, North Battleford, Saskatchewan with tags , , , on July 8, 2017 by Amanda

IMG_6864So, I’m back inside after over an hour spent outside in the middle of the night.  This time there was a real fire down the hall.  Apparently, someone set a door on fire.  I somehow slept through (I guess having a loud fan on high helped) guys in red bandannas banging on people’s doors.  The police were apparently here just before the fire.  The guy that lives in that apartment wasn’t home.  I woke up to smoke detectors going off and lots of screaming.  There was a lot of smoke in the hall.  I was really worried about how bad things would smell in here especially as they let the people on the first two floors back in a while before those of us on the third floor were allowed back in.  The hallway does stink from the fire extinguisher but my apartment is surprisingly okay.  But as the title of this post states, I’m SO not going to miss this place!

Big news

Posted in Alberta, Christmas, Costa Rica, Edmonton, Elk Island National Park, Great Sandhills, Job offer, Moving, North Battleford, Ontario, Saskatchewan with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2017 by Amanda

I was going to write this post a bit earlier this evening but was interrupted by the fire alarm going off in my building.  It was nothing; some idiot probably pulled it.  Anyway, I have some big news: I will be starting a new job in Ontario on August 1.  I am definitely ready for this change as I’ve been in North Battleford, SK for nearly four and a half years.  I am not really looking forward to clearing out this apartment though!

I have (obviously) completed ignored this blog this year.  Until now, it has not been the most exciting year but a few things have happened.  I will really try to write posts to make up for this soon.  If not, here is a summary:

  • I was home for Christmas/New Years
  • I went on a trip to Costa Rica in March
  • On Victoria Day Weekend, I went to Elk Island National Park and Edmonton
  • I visited the Great Sandhills yesterday

Victoria Day Weekend in Moose Jaw

Posted in Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Sukanen Ship and Pioneer Village, Travel, Western Development Museum with tags , , , , , on June 19, 2016 by Amanda

Once again, it has taken me an incredibly long time to get around to writing a blog post.  As this post is nearly a month late, I’m sure it will be considerably less detailed than it would have been had I written in a more timely manner.  It was quite windy but otherwise the weather was pretty good.  Moose Jaw definitely has quite a lot to do as despite this being my second visit to I still didn’t see everything.  I also realized that the park adjacent to the library was quite a bit large than I’d thought.


Downtown Moose Jaw

I found the Sukanen Ship and Pioneer Village the most interesting place.  It is actually about a ten minute drive from the city.  The Sukanen Ship is definitely the weirdest part of the place.  Basically, there was this guy named Tom Sukanen who started telling people he was going to build a ship and sail it from Saskatchewan back to his native Finland.  Everyone thought he wasn’t serious but he did actually build the ship though, of course, he never sailed it to Finland.  He actually ended his life here in North Battleford at the mental hospital.  He was originally buried here but his body was later moved to a spot adjacent to this ship.  It took about three hours to explore this place as there were close to fifty buildings.  It clearly isn’t a professionally curated museum which actually makes it more interesting in a way.  Some of the buildings were quite full of old items and there were a plethora of old vehicles.


Sukanen’s ship

The Western Development Museum was also interesting.  There were several things with a connection to North Battleford including information and a plane from an aviation club that had been here.  I hadn’t realized how many different car manufacturers there had been in the early part of the twentieth-century!  I think I found the trains, which you can go inside, the most interesting.


A train car


May masquerading as summer

Posted in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Weather with tags , , on May 5, 2016 by Amanda

I realize I haven’t written a blog post in months.  This is mostly because not much has been happening.

Today is a bit cooler (23) but the last few days it reached 30 degrees.  I really can’t believe that it is just the beginning of May.  It really feels like the middle of the summer here this week!  We haven’t had rain in forever and today the air is a bit smoky.  It always amazes how far smoke can blow.