July 25 – lost in Saskatchewan

Such blue sky

Such blue sky

Ok, I’m not really lost but in Southern Saskachewan they must not get many tourists because after I crossed the Manitoba Saskatchewan line I didn’t see any more tourist info centres. I didn’t realize how much I rely on those places until they aren’t there.. Tourist info centre, I couldn’t even find a gas station. I just drove miles and miles seeing only field after field of canola, flax and some sunflowers (not in flower yet but that must be spectacular when fields and fields of them are in bloom) It seems that the roads bypass the towns and unless you turn off the main road you see nothing but road, field and sky with the odd grain elevator or oil pump sticking up in thedistance. I was beginning to worry that I would not find a camping place because my map, although pretty good at showing roads and towns, gave me little other information. Finally I turned into a museum in Estevan thinking that they might at least have some local information. Closed. Yup. It is Sunday in rural Saskatchewan and everything is closed. Finally, leaving Estevan I found a tourist info centre, and what do you know, it was open. The woman there came from Ottawa a few years ago. She cautioned me to get gas before I headed out. You won’t find it out there on the roads on Sunday she said. Yes. I noticed.

I love trains - they are such a way of life here and they seem to go on forever

I love trains - they are such a way of life here and they seem to go on forever

Tonight I am staying in Nickle Lake Campground just outside of Weyburn Sask. The lake is man made and I can still hear motor boats coming in as dusk is falling. The family across from me is shaking popcorn over the fire and the smell is making me feel like creeping over with my little bowl. Tomorrow I think I will be in Cyprus Hills inter-provincial campground on the Alberta side. There are not many couchsurfing hosts in southern Saskatchewan but there seem to be more north of the trans Canada so hopefully on my way home I will meet more people. For now, the weather is perfect and camping is great.

Prairie Lake - the grass around it blows in waves just like the water

Prairie Lake - the grass around it blows in waves just like the water

Oh, one last thing. I heard Michael Enright do a repeat interview with Oscar Brand on the occasion of his 90th birthday. He sang a song he wrote, you may remember it, “This Land of Ours.” He had me in tears by the end as I sang along. It was a good day to be on a prairie highway and singing at the top of my voice.

A small oil rig. These remind me of those silly birds that we used to get that would dip their beaks into a glass of water...remember the ones. These little rigs dip and sip from the ground, stand up and then dip and sip again.

A small oil rig. These remind me of those silly birds that we used to get that would dip their beaks into a glass of water...remember the ones. These little rigs dip and sip from the ground, stand up and then dip and sip again.

Talk soon.

PS. I forgot my glasses this morning and can’t really see this post so it could be worse than usual. I am not even sure that I got the right pictures in….ha ha.  This campground is unusual in that it has internet service but I walked a long way to get it and I was not prepared to go back. Hope you can read it. I am on my way now.

Straight roads, blue skies and rippling grass. It is almost impossible to drive. I just want to stand and admire.

Straight roads, blue skies and rippling grass. It is almost impossible to drive. I just want to stand and admire.

3 Responses to July 25 – lost in Saskatchewan

  • Janice Turner says:

    Yes I heard that interview also…and it would have been good to hear your rousing rendition also!

    Janice

    • Vicki says:

      Oh yeah….what happens in the closed walls of Vincent stays in the closed walls of Vincent…… and believe me, it is best that way.

  • Gail says:

    I missed the interview with Oscar but had to share with you that Oscar himself was at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this year. He is quite the legend and story teller. A proud Canadian and Winnipegger in spite of spending most of his life in the US.
    Safe travels!

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