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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.

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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.

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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!

 

 

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Last explorations of Saskatchewan

Posted in Abandoned buildings, Dummer, Ghost towns, Great Sandhills, Kayfield, Leader, Ogema, Regina, Saskatchewan, Southern Prairie Railway, Travel, Truax with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2017 by Amanda

While I didn’t explore quite as much as I had planned before leaving this province, I did make a couple of trips.

On Sunday, July 2, I  visited the Great Sandhills, looked around the nearby town of Leader, and stopped at a few abandoned buildings. I didn’t do this in my own car as the second window on my car had stopped working (though apparently the dealership had never seen this happen to other cars) and couldn’t be repaired until Tuesday.

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The Great Sandhills

The following weekend, after that fire interrupted night, I headed to Regina where I had another free hotel stay.  I visited the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Wascana Lake,visited the Hunter Gatherer vegetarian restaurant, and went on a tour of Stone Hall Castle (a large house which has been turned into a fake medieval castle).

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Inside Stone Hall Castle.

The next day I visited ghost towns/almost ghost towns: Dummer, Truax, and Kayfield on a slightly not direct route to Ogema.  I visited the Deep South Pioneer Museum there as the admission was included with my train ticket on the Southern Prairie Railway.  I accidentally visited on the 40th anniversary of the museum; I think I would have appreciated it more had it been less busy and less like the museum I visited last year near Moose Jaw.  The train ride went to the ghost town of Horizon and back.  There was some interesting commentary on the train ride but some idiots wouldn’t shut up which made it difficult to hear.  I really wonder why some of them were there as they certainly weren’t listening and didn’t seem to be looking out the window either!

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The train

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

Last month’s visit home

Posted in Ball's Falls, Cemeteries, Home, Niagara, Ontario, Rural, Saskatchewan, Toronto, Travel, Vacation with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2016 by Amanda

With my next trip rapidly approaching, I figured I should finally write about my last trip.  Clearly, I’ve been even lazier than usual of late!  Anyway, in mid-July I headed back to Ontario for a few days.  Of course just a few days after buying flights on Air Canada, albeit at a pretty good price for that airline, New Leaf finally started selling flights.  At least, my trip was a little bit before they actually started flying.

In addition to shopping in Toronto, I went on a free walking tour.  It was interesting but also a bit depressing as I hadn’t really thought about just how few historic buildings they have now.  I also hadn’t realized how huge a problem cholera and typhoid once were there and that there is a park with like 20,000 people buried and that bones periodically just appear.  There were other interesting stories but I can’t remember them now.  I guess this is why I shouldn’t wait over a month to write about something!  I also went to a vegan restaurant as I don’t have the opportunity to do that very often.  It was good but the “cheese” was a reminder of why I’m a lacto-ovo vegetarian rather than a vegan

In Niagara, I mostly just visited with my family.  However, I also went to Ball’s Falls with my mom and we found that the falls were lacking in water.  I actually couldn’t believe just how dry everything in Niagara was!

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Ball’s Falls

 

We also visited an old family cemetery that I hadn’t been to since I was a kid.  It is quite far off the road and I don’t think anyone would ever find it if they weren’t specifically looking for it; this really made me wonder just how many places like this exist but that hardly anyone knows about.  We also stopped by another, newer, cemetery nearby.  We were also related to more than half the people buried there.  My mom also pointed out where the one-room school she’d attended had been (“between those two houses over there”).  In Saskatchewan, ,many old schools still stand and even more have signs marking there location.  I’ve never seen a sign like that in Ontario which I think is kind of sad.  What I grew up thinking was the middle of nowhere I now find pretty densely population and not at all remote.  Rural southern Ontario really can’t be compared to rural Saskatchewan.  It is also amazing how much nicer some rural roads are in Ontario than some “major” highways are in Saskatchewan.  There are now windmills scattered all over the place which was kind of strange to see.

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Family cemetery