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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!! 🙂
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If you know me you know I love a good adventure… and I’m about to embark on a new one…
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And every maze needs some rules….
Sometimes a girl has to walk the corn maze… like she’d walk a runway in a high-fashion shoot.. don’t ask.. it’s just the rules of the corn maze!!!
…and YES there was CORN in the MAZE… (on the STALKS!) another ‘first’ for this city gal!
At one point all these little black birds… went CRAZY and started flying over our heads… diving, and trying to stay in flight in the crazy wind that was happening…. and well it was a pretty cool shot!
At the corner of the maze is a GIANT hay-bale pyramid… of course I climbed to the top!! and then was invaded by SMALL children from ALL sides… (kind of funny-apparently I’m just a big kid!!)
Here’s a shot of me at the top… while kids, climbed and jumped off all sides!! These bales were ‘monster’ bales! (and there was one more layer of bales on the bottom!)
Yep, a bit of kid in me…. as I JUMP!!!
We went back into the corn maze to see if we could find all 16 of these letters on stakes to solve a puzzle… (I must admit after wandering around for another 45mins to an hour… we gave up.. after finding like 6 of them!)
…I might have broken the rule about going off the path to get this photo… (but some rules are meant to be broken!)
and a quick snap of Brianne.. who shared this adventure with me!!!
1, 2, 3…. JUMP!!!
There was a small petting zoo…. and you could feed the animals….
Cute little goat….
…something tells me these animals get lots of lov’n…
This was the smallest pony/horse I’ve seen in my life… it was like the size of a large dog! had BIG eyes… and was pretty darn cute… just walking around…. eating grass… outside of the petting zoo!
>Well, I keep wondering how long it will take me to get a PHOTO License for the province of Manitoba. I’ve been at this process since January 19th… one would have assumed by now I’d have my new photo license, which I’ve been told is an ‘enhanced’ license. i.e) one that is only ONE piece..(kind of like the Ontario ones I’ve had since I got my license when I was 16..Manitoba is JUST now this YEAR moving forward to ‘one’ piece licenses!
I talked about my struggles in this POST that was in April.. when I thought I had recieved my LAST temporary ‘written’ license… well folks… I’ve been back to those ‘friendly auto-pack’ people… (which can’t do anything without calling the Gov’t people in charge.) and spent an HOUR and a HALF waiting bc my temporary license was about to expire, I had not had my ‘photo’ license mailed to me.. and the apparently my account was cancelled. Yes, that’s right… after visiting in April to get my latest ‘extension’ on my license… the computer didn’t see that they had recieved my photo.. and decided I didn’t want a license and well CANCELLED my application. (because the computer decided I hadn’t submitted what it wanted..) It took like an HOUR and a HALF of the person on the other side of the phone to A) figure out what the problem was and B) correct it…
This means, I’m on my FOURTH temporary license here in Manitoba… it expires on July 15th..(almost 6months to the day when I started trying to get a Manitoba license..) My question is seriously? if they thought I didn’t want a Manitoba license.. why would they cancel it when they TOOK MY ONTARIO one!? because it was still VALID!!!!!!! argh… crazy maker I think! When I finally get my license I’m writing a few letters to the MLA in charge.. because frankly this has been a silly ordeal!!!
I’m taking bets… do you think I’ll get the photo license before then!? or will I go for a FIFTH temporary one? I’m kind of digging the hand written piece of paper I have for a license… I’ll keep you posted!!
Send me a comment…with the DAY you think I will RECIEVE it in the mail… and the person that has a guess close enough to the actual day I recieve it in the mail… WILL get a PRIZE!!
P.S. I have gone on to recently get a Manitoba Health Card–it’s a piece of paper, seriously, no photo… I went in gave them my details, and they printed one off for me.. within like 5mins… now I just have to find a doctor…