Thursday, 31 March 2022
Wednesday, 30 March 2022
Tuesday, 29 March 2022
Monday, 28 March 2022
There is a good write up on it here:
Sunday, 27 March 2022
Cedar Creek School is located northwest of Dapp, Alberta. It is a log structure and was constructed in the 1920s. It operated from 1928 until 1954 when students were bussed to Jarvie. The school is near total collapse and the landowner has added what looks like an apiary on the grounds.
Eventually everything fades away.
Friday, 25 March 2022
Thursday, 24 March 2022
Wednesday, 23 March 2022
Tuesday, 22 March 2022
Road trip to exotic parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba had to be cut short for a few reasons. One reason is gas is gas is damn expensive. One spot in Manitoba was $1.789/litre. Driving long distances cuts into the budget really quick. If this keeps up I might have to rethink traveling anywhere.
When I got up in Regina Sunday morning the forecast mentioned rain. Rain was not in the original forecast before I set out on this trip. Such is spring in Canada. Later in the day when I was north of Regina it did sprinkle. The gravel roads that I was on were soft enough so I thought I would wander back in the general direction home. From a little west of Kenaston to a little west of Outlook, Saskatchewan it did rain. I checked the forecast for my home area and a snowfall warning was in place. That was not in the forecast of a few days ago either.
More rain and a bit of snow mixed with the rain the further I traveled. I was a few hours from home and decided to grab a hotel Sunday night rather than drive through the snowstorm at night, not to mention one of my headlights died. On the way home yesterday parts of the highway were a bit of a mess with snow and icy sections. It was melting quickly. The highways were fine closer to Edmonton.
I spent more than I intended on gas. My preferred hotel chain is a bit more expensive. Hopefully it is a decent summer for motorcycle trips to counter the cost.
Sunday, 20 March 2022
I took Monday off. Left after work on Friday to head out. I stopped at home to change and threw my stuff into the SUV. My plan was to explore in the Regina, Saskatchewan area. I drove from Leduc to The Battlefords, to Saskatoon then to Regina. I miscalculated. I thought I would arrive in Regina about 6:00am to 7:00am. I got to Regina a little after 2:00am. I was even driving the speed limit. Well, there was a number of sites I wanted to check out in the Moosomin, Saskatchewan area. I thought I would just keep driving.
Got to Moosomin too early, about 4:30am. And that was after being slowed down due to fog outside of Regina. Only thing open is a gas station in Moosomin. Catnapped in the vehicle and then waited until a fast food place that offered breakfast was open at 7:00am. Beautiful sunrise and once I was fortified with coffee and a greasy breakfast I decided to keep at it. Explored parts of the southwestern corner of Manitoba and the southeastern corner of Saskatchewan. Managed to cross some stuff off my list. A few places were not accessible due to muddy roads and drifted snow.
If I wanted a choice of decent hotels I had to hoof it to Regina. Pulled into a hotel lot, walked in and waited for the two people ahead of me to be served. I was ever so slightly concerned they might get booked up when I got my turn. First person at the desk ahead of me registered and went to pay and their card was declined. Same with the second person. No idea how things turned out for them. I did not have that problem and I got my room.
It was an interesting day.
Saturday, 19 March 2022
Friday, 18 March 2022
Wednesday, 16 March 2022
Busy. One of the many times life gets in the way.
My aunt, who used to reside with my mother, has moved into an assisted living facility. She needs hands on care. I have been spending more time with mom lately. I look after her bills and pick up her groceries. Working five days a week and spending one day on the weekend with mom leaves little time for me. This is not a complaint, it is reality.
There are places I can get to in a day. The problem now is snow is melting and the backroads are getting soft. So that has put a damper on things. I have also not been out much as the budget took a hit from vehicle repairs and a few other items. The attempt at a retirement fund had some money thrown into it. I put some funds aside as I think I might have to pay when my taxes are filed. I have finally got all my information, I just have to drop it off at the accountant. I used to do my own taxes and in the last few years it got a little more complicated so I have someone else do them. If my lotto numbers ever hit . . .
Walking to my vehicle this morning I suddenly felt my legs go out from under me and I landed flat on my back. Everything feels somewhat okay, tomorrow morning when I wake up will be the true test.
Saturday, 12 March 2022
Friday, 11 March 2022
Thursday, 10 March 2022
Tuesday, 8 March 2022
Monday, 7 March 2022
Sunday, 6 March 2022
Saturday, 5 March 2022
Friday, 4 March 2022
Welcome to Pumpkin Park in downtown Smoky Lake, Alberta.
On a trip through Smoky Lake it's most likely I'll pick up a bacon cheeseburger at Betsy's Burger Shack and then head down to Pumpkin Park to enjoy it. They're both great little stops along the way.
And right next door is the old train station...bonus!