I was supposed to be heading Saskatoon way tomorrow, but my mail hasn't arrived yet, so I'm staying at this park until Friday. If the mail isn't in by then, I'll move to a fancier park for the weekend, one with internet and laundry facilities. At least, there are worst places to be stuck!
The park where I'm staying does have wi-fi, but only at the owners' home, where I'm sitting outside freezing my butt off watching an amazing prairie sunset. Unfortunately, my laptop is much to slow to do any real surfing, so replies to comments and updates with photos will have to wait until I can get online with my iMac.
I had a great time in Moose Jaw yesterday and an equally good one today at the RCMP heritage centre, but write ups will wait until I can provide pictures. :-)
Being out here on the prairie fills me with such peace. There is something about the plains that has always made sense to me. When I first encountered them in North Dakota back in 2005 I found myself wondering if it's possible to come home to a place you've never been before. Everything out here is amplified: the blue of the sky, the warmth of the sun, the sound of the wind... Mornings and evenings are bitterly cold in the fall, but the days are hot. Yesterday in Moose Jaw, I could have have closed my eyes and sworn I was in Las Vegas in June, it was that dryly hot out.
Regina is a nice little city, comparable to Winnipeg. It confirmed to me what it is exactly that makes Winnipeg so special to me as Regina has all the same criteria but one, no strong French community.
The ideal year, it would seem, would be a summer spent in the Prairies, an early fall spent on the Shield, and then a winter somewhere warm and dry.
I cannot believe that I am already a full two weeks into my adventure and that I need to be in British Columbia no more than three weeks from now! I want to spend two nights in Saskatoon and two each in Edmonton and Calgary, so that's another week eaten up, not counting travel time between the cities. And I thought I'd have time to go to Yellowknife! *laughs* I don't mind being 'stuck' in Regina an extra night or two, but I really hope to be gone by Saturday just because I'm getting to be a little too comfortable here! But after the last two weeks of learning and driving so much, it's nice to be parked somewhere for a spell and take some much needed time to breathe.
But the road beckons and I know that within the next day or so, I'll be itching to leave. It's lovely to know I can, and helps me to enjoy these peaceful moments even more.
"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."