Combine a couple of weeks, three prairie provinces, very summery weather with blue skies, long stretches of highway flanked by a mixture of endless fields, leafy green trees, and watery patches of all shapes and sizes, add a motorhome and you have a formula for a pleasant memorable adventure. But add an air conditioner and you have hit Nirvana. Oh, and a can of bug spray, too.
We left Edmonton, headed south and then east avoiding the floods that hit the Calgary area. Our travels took us across Saskatchewan into small towns like Gull Lake (where David's father was born).
We came through Regina during a Supermoon. We pulled into a deserted campground in Grenfell. Just us and one other rig. We got our first hint as to how annoying the biting bugs would be.
We crossed into Manitoba and decided to drop down to Highway 2 and visit Souris. About this time, I began my capture photographically of vintage buildings and signs like the majestic grain elevators, giant monoliths that dot the prairies alongside the railway tracks, and the chocolate shop sign in Souris.
Made our way past Winnipeg using the Perimeter Highway, and out Hwy 12 to Anola and finally to Beausejour, the town of my youth.
From there we visited Lac du Bonnet for Canada Day fireworks and a very profitable farmers market (my books sold out in only a few hours), Lockport (home of the vintage Skinners restaurant famous for its hotdogs), and Milner Ridge to see pink Ladyslippers.
Homebound, we are on an ambling route from the Polo Park mall in Winnipeg to Oakville (home of a massive elevator), Gladstone (watch for the Mennonite peoples and their horse and buggy transports), Neepawa with its garden-class Riverside Cemetery, Minnedosa, Birtle, and Foxwarren, all towns dotted charmingly with vintage buildings.
Finally on to Russell and Inglis (you must see the long line of royalty here - huge vintage elevators), and overnight in Aesissippi Park alongside a fast-flowing creek with lots of mosquitoes. A beautiful spot that was hard to leave, but we have commitments at home.
From here, we have a business appointment in Saskatoon. Then through the Battlefieds to Lloydminster, and finally home, embracing the wide blue prairie skies and hot summer sun all the way.