Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
We had a great afternoon playing golf and I got 2 pars. The course was great for me, flat and open.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Mike's french lumberjack heritage was helpful throwing axe at Fort William. The Fort was built to scale to recreate the North West Company's headquarters and was the hub of the fur trade where they were traded for goods. We met Scottish fur traders, French voyageurs, farmers and aboriginals and ate Scottish cakes grilled on the kitchen's open fire, they were all in costume and character when they spoke to you. We were very impressed with how authentic it was.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
August 21st - We went to Lafleche to visit the cemetary where mom, her parents and brothers are buried. Along the way we passed signs to Mazenod, Palmer and Melaval - all names Mom would mention from her youth, usually heading there on a Saturday night to go to a dance. Went to see Uncle Dave's old house in Lafleche but the town is very small and looks like it is dying. Had lunch at the "Lefleche Cafe" where Mom and I had eaten with him 10 years ago. We still had a deluxe cheese burger with fries for $4.75 and it had a home made patty and fried onions for that price! Sad to say the old "Saskatchew Pool" elevators that used to dot the landscape were torn down, a piece of Canadiana is gone.
Teeing off at Pat and Ralph's golf club, we didn't have our best games but it was beautiful to play golf with wheat fields blowing in the background. We had a great visit with them, wish we could visit more often but had to continue our trek.
August 22 - Met up with the Bennett's in Indian Head and had lunch in a converted grain elevator that used treadle machines as table bases. That night we stayed at "Shady Oaks" in Sidney, Manitoba. It was a beautiful campsite set in an oak grove and run by Ewan Macleod, a delightful Scottsman. Great day ending with Pina Coladas and watching red squirrels run through the oak trees.
We were greeted by "Mac" the moose as we arrived in Moose Jaw (Cree word for "gentle breezes").August 20th - Took "Tunnel of Moose Jaw" tours: "Passage to Fortune" showed the hardships and of Chinese immigrants living underground in the tunnels in the early 1900's working as laborers doing laundry, sewing burlap sacks, kitchen work. They were horribly mistreated and had to work many years just to pay back a head tax to the Canadian government and broker's fees. The "Chicago Connection" relived Al Capone's secret bootlegging operation in Moose Jaw (which was referred to as "Little Chicago"). Big Al came up here when things got too hot in Chicago. Our guides "Fanny" the flapper and "Gus" the bootlegger made it a lot of fun. Mike somehow got called "Mr. Touchy" by Fanny.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Since it had rained the day before the mud was very slippery as the mud is almost silky. But it was worth walking up the trails to get photos of these amazing rock formations.
First night stayed in Sicamoose at KOA and it was very cold and rained most the night. Arrived at Rose and Butch's place (Lana's sister) and was greeted with a wonderful chicken dinner. They have an amazing 10 acre property and their home is filled with beautiful antiques and collectibles. They have many restored antique cars that fill up their garages and trailers. They also have vintage clothing they wear when driving the vehicles. Rose is restoring an original beaded flapper dress which will take hundreds of hours. Great time but it is ccccccold.