Category Archives: driving in Manitoba
Last night I had a bit of a homemade ‘tetris’ game to play! It was great fun, (actually took me like 15-20mins)…and the rain held off until after I was done! I had 4 winter tires… 2 big suitcases; 4 rubbermaid tubs(1 was full)…a green shopping basket filled with stuff… plus two duffle bags–that weren’t really full at all! Oh, plus a piece of artwork.. and my didgeridoo…! But I got it all in my car.. and was able to keep all my mirrors and could see out the back window!!! (yep, I’m THAT good…) hehehe
So you know what the funny thing is? I did this drive EXACTLY a year ago!!! (weird eh).. Apparently this is the time for me to make that trek from Winnipeg to Wawa.. perhaps I have a new tradition that I’ll have to keep up!? I didn’t take any photos today… partly because I just wanted to get to WAWA so I could get back to sleep! hehehe…but if you want to take a look at my trip from last year… take a look HERE !
Before leaving Winnipeg I stopped at Tim’s and got some ‘supplies’… (thanks to friends that gave me some gift certs!!)
I had a long day on the road today! All in all it took me about 12hours and 30mins +1hour for the time change= 13 1/2 hours…. I covered 1182 kms… and got myself to Wawa and the Northern Lights Motel!!
Look who was here to greet me? –you’ll have to wait to see who it was!
*I can’t seem to upload my photos…and i’m ready to sleep… so I’ll have to figure that out tomorrow!!! 🙂 check back for that update! 🙂 Sarah
**edited–to add the photos from the day!! 🙂
My journey began early on Sunday Morning… I got up and headed to Clandaboye to spend the day with Conni aka my MB Mum! She had offered to tour me around the “Interlake Region”..or her backyard! I was pretty excited, because I had heard lots of amazing things about Gimli and Winnipeg Beach and couldn’t wait to find the Viking Statue…but I’m getting ahead of myself here…
Our first stop was at a beach just south of Winnipeg Beach… and Conni wanted me to ‘experience’ one of the “piers” along Lake Winnipeg…
(I have no fear of water, but some of heights–it was an interesting trip out! especially meeting a group on the walk out that were returning to the shore…and well it had been repaired–but some of those boards really sagged!!)
Once out at the end of the Pier… the Village of Dunnottar gave us this nice warning!
It was too
scary umm COLD for me to try to walk down the stairs to get my toes wet!!! Instead Conni and I took some fab photos in the wind!!!
It was ‘crazy’ windy… and every time we jumped back in the car… we had to try to make our hair behave–only to step out and let the wind mess it all up again!
These ‘piers’ make a pretty cool photo…and are pretty neat that they are maintained each year and kept along the shores as a link to the past~ although with crazy with high water levels-it has made them quite dangerous!
To get to the where we parked we had to cross a rail road track… coming back to the car I saw this sign… Conni assured me that there were rarely any trains coming!
There has been a huge problem here with erosion and the beach and part of the board walk is eroding back into the lake!
We walked along the board walk–enjoying the sunshine! Conni and I left her house to ‘escape’ the Grand Prix in Montreal…but when we got to Winnipeg Beach there was a car show… and much to Conni’s amusement… I took my time to looked at all the cars.. and make comments about them too!
Then we headed into “Playland”…
Some of the posters that were on the wall…
Conni found a ‘Grand Prix” game… apparently today she couldn’t quite escape race cars!!!!
I was upset that I couldn’t go on the pony…. my MB Mum said I was too old!!
Around this time we spotted the ‘scary’ clown… now I understand that NOT all clowns are SCARY, or CREEPY might be a better word.. but LOOK at this guy!? (If clowns creep you out you might want to scroll past FAST! hehehe)
I told Conni that perhaps our “brief encounter” at Playland should come to a close…. she laughed and agreed.. and we walked out that door!! (Speaking of doors… take a look at those doors… they are pretty cool.. and old school, I like it!)
We walked over to this other place that had THIS, being a tourist for the day–I had to pose by the photo…. (it’s good to have photos by ‘signs’ so that you remember where one has travelled later after you have returned home!)
Pretty cool sculpture…Now this photo might need a bit of explanation.. so bare with me.. as I give it to you–whether you want it or not! I totally laughed out loud.. when I saw the ‘speed bumps’ in the middle of the road.. (on all sides of the crazy-intersection)…Apparently it use to be a kind of ‘free-for-all’ type of intersection–cars/trucks/people doing what they pleased… So… Winnipeg Beach… put these handy dandy little ‘dividers’ up so that cars can’t decide to go where-ever they wanted to go..but instead had to go to the stop sign and STOP and then make a left hand turn… (you know, obeying the basic rules of the road) I think that’s why I thought it was so funny… Anyways… I went out into the street and squatted down… (I’m a tourist so it’s ok.. and as a tourist you can take silly photos…) While doing this I think Conni took a photo of me—and by the end we both were laughing a bit more! But I did get my photo of the crazy dividers on the road… Does anyone know what they are called?! And that was the end of my visit at Winnipeg Beach!
Then we decided to head down to the lake and walk along the boardwalk…. I’m not 100% sure what this is called… but along this wall (which makes a ‘safe’ harbour place for boats to anchor)…but the Gimli Art Club paints paintings along the wall… (another co-worker’s mother has a few of her paintings still on the wall…) it’s a really neat idea!
Tercesen’s Store.. I think EVERY community NEEDS one of these stores… filled with a hodge-podge of awesome amazing things!! This store has been owned and run by the SAME family since it opened… inside (I couldn’t take any photos) there was an original tin ceiling, and the floor had squeaked as you watched over them…. pretty awesome store, you NEED to check it out if you get to Gimli!!!
The clothing made me wish I was a Size 10 so that I could shop–very trending awesome stuff! It has a bit of everything… from BOOKS to kitchen stuff to clothes to HATS! I walked away with a Children’s Book about living in the prairies and the HAT you see in some of the photos! (I LOVE a good hat!)… Mmmmm chocolate!!! I *think* this was a “Rodgers” chocolate from B.C…. I got a chocolate-chocolate one… Conni had one with Coffee filled chocolate… It was sooooo good! Like it FILLED me up… I almost couldn’t finish this little piece… (it was so filling!) I know I’ll be craving it as my ‘new’ favourite chocolate and want to eat as many as possible!!! Thanks for the introduction… now I will just need to figure out how to get them once I move… any suggestions? hehehe We ate these chocolates on a lovely bench… (it might have been sticky from the sap of a tree, and it might have faced a truck parked along the sidewalk…but all I remember is the lovely breeze and the water in the distance… remember I’m quite good at pretending!)
After striking out at the two of the more ‘touristy’ shops… (they were closed) I finally saw the “viking”… this was my ONE request of the day to see the Viking (I’m lucky I got to see so much more than this!) If you want to know more about GIMLI and why it all started and WHY there’s a Viking there… then go check THIS site!!
One weekend in the spring and one weekend in the fall different artists in the “interlake” open up their studios and there is a ‘ wave tour’ to go around and visit them, and buy things! This year was the 10th Anniversary of starting this traditions… Conni and I went to a few different spots… and one of the first stops of the day was also the LAST stop of the day! I fell in love with this paper art… One of the things I’ve done is get art from various places I’ve lived… so I can have every-day reminders of where I’ve been at my house! I found my Manitoba art…
Milli is the artist… you can read more about her HERE… Something about her story and her art truly touched me! Milli has been able to show many people over the years that having an extra chromosome (Down syndrome) and autism should not limit your abilities.. the SKY is the LIMIT!!
I love this… with wild daisies from the prairies… and homemade paper! Us together in Milli’s studio and future house!
We went to “Netley Resort and Campground”… I think staying here is on my bucket list.. something that has to be done at some point in my life! Here’s the entrance to the Campground…. It’s a friendly place eh? Has a feeling of well security knowing you’d be ‘locked-in’ for certain hours… Just one of the campsites… it was a place basicly of campers and well ‘established’ campsites…
Conni also played photographer… she helped me take the following photos… I’m sooo excited and thankful! I had this idea of what I wanted in my brain… and before Ryan deserted me and went out west he was suppose to take some shots with me, but that didn’t happen…
But Conni she rocked my camera.. and I’m so thankful for these shots!!
Thanks again for sharing a bit more of the province with me!! 🙂
>I have always been a HUGE fan of the snow!! Winter has always been one of my favourite seasons… there are so many great things to do! Skiing (downhill or XCountry)…Tobogganing…. building snow forts, having snow ball fights… the possibilities are endless!
Driving in the snow has always been something I’ve had to deal with… where I grew up, there was always lots of snow and I got use to it. I’ve had one accident in my whole driving career, it was shortly after I turned 17…(I had been driving about a year)… my mum asked me to take my little bro to go swimming (indoors)… I protested because it had been snowing a lot, and it hadn’t been cleared but she just looked at me and well I ended up on the roads… going to the pool was fine…but coming home I had an accident, caught ice, fish tailed, over corrected.. and well ended up banging into the guard rails, and causing a HEAP of damage to my mum’s car….
Ok so fast forward to yesterday… the day after the FIRST real SNOW here on the prairies!! I was driving to Portage la Prairie… taking it pretty slow… and out of now where, Milo did not one, not two but about THREE complete 360s on the Trans Canada….I ended up directly on the right hand side of the facing the right way, completely on the side of the road… (almost like I decided to pull over!)… I was shaking in my boots, put my 4ways on.. and the transport that was behind me went flying past…
|my view…until I was able to ‘drive’ again without shaking!!!|
|not sure if you can see the truck in the ditch… I’m lucky that Milo didn’t end up there!|
I must admit I pulled into the road that connects the two sides of the highway and sat for like 30mins… I’m not sure how I didn’t end up in either ditch… at a couple points I thought I was a goner… but Milo and I turned around and headed back to the ‘peg….
and guess what? when I reached my parking lot… I got stuck… it seriously was one of those days…. Let’s hope the rest of the winter isn’t so eventful… I really don’t want to do crazy twists/turns with Milo again!
>I know.. this is NOT brain science..but to this girl, who grew up in the Canadian Sheild… of hills, rock cuts, trees… rivers, lakes.. well the prairies are pretty darn flat.. and until I leave the city… I dont really think of where I’m living…(and how much I miss those hills, rocks, and trees)..until I’m driving and it HITS me…
Its a good thing I dig driving on…. straight, flat roads… hmmm seriously…what’s not to like in that situation?
Milo likes the prairies too… but doesn’t really dig ‘big’ trucks that much!
|December 13, 2007|
|Spring of 2010|
As for that prize… I think the person that guessed the closest to the actual date today… when I got my mail should win!
Anonymous June 6, 2010 10:36 AM
Oh Sarah – What a pain! I’m going to guess August 13 – Darn bureaucrats and their red tape!
Heather… send me an email with your address.. and I’ll send you your prize!!