New Province

Today we got up late, departed Shady Oaks and nosed around Brandon MB a while, which is a perfectly nice little city 200 KM West of Winnipeg. Sadly, both the advertised boat tour and bike rental where nowhere to be found, another sign of the lack of tourist interest in Manitoba… even worse, the Indigo on the GPS was also shut down (have I ranted yet how unreliable the GPS database is? It’s really awful, and businesses that have gone defunct are only one problem, it is also missing tons and tons of locations that clearly have been around for many years. Still loving the GPS on balance, though).

Relucant-Photo-Subject Sam in Grand

Relucant-Photo-Subject Sam in Grand

So we bought a few supplies, went to the world’s most efficient subway for lunch, then hit the road, passing into SK an hour or so later and ending up at the Indian Head, SK KOA at around 6 PM local time (there is a time change from MB to SK).

A Common Prairie Landmark

A Common Prairie Landmark

This is without a doubt the nicest KOA of them all, lush grass everywhere, nice pool, immaculate bathrooms etc. Plus the lady who was working there’s son, Tristan, came out to play outdoor chess and ladder golf with us for a while. Later we had the most massive fire of the trip, fuelled by 3 lots of firewood in a gigantic fire ring.

Outdoor Chess at the KOA

Outdoor Chess at the KOA

SK and MB seem fairly indistinguishable to me, except SK has many fewer mosquitoes; I’m not sure why SK always gets the rap about being flat and featureless and MB doesn’t. Actually, both are much more featureful than I remember. It’s not exactly true, at least in Eastern SK, that it’s nothing but endless fields of wheat. There are little clumps of trees all over, farms of course, and even (wow) the occassional slight elevation gain.

Saskatchewan Ben

Saskatchewan Ben

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