Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Virden MB to Cabri SK (594 Miles=369 Miles)

Boy, after the previous days of run time, today's jaunt seemed almost effortless!! Skies looked a bit threatening from time to time but mostly sailed right through as far as Swift Current before we saw a storm coming in.....

Early morning leaving Virden MB

From Virden MB, it's only about 35 Kms (21 miles) to the Saskatchewan border!!
Points for anyone who can see Doug in this picture!!
And for our 8th province, we choose - Saskatchewan!!!!
Really, we should have shares (or diabetes)........

 Mind the bug guts on the window - story of our lives!!

As we cruised through Regina, Doug wanted to stop to meet one of his customers that he had dealt with for a long time in his work days (remember those??). Sorry no pictures but we stopped in to see Max from Apex and had a short but nice visit with him. Always nice to meet people that you have only ever spoken to on the phone, isn't it?
Sodium Sulphate
This above picture (and the one below) are taken by the side of the Trans Canada Hwy, near Chaplin Lake, west of Regina. Saskatchewan is the world's leader in naturally produced sodium sulphate, currently producing 6% of the world's supply!! It is used in detergents, pulp & paper, textiles, starch, carpet deodorizers and live stock mineral feed.....carpet deodorizers? Who knew? See the things you learn when travelling!!  

Looks pretty dramatic, doesn't it??
Our travels today were mapped out to visit with Kevin & Ruth at Cabri Regional Park. Not too far off the Trans Canad Highway but there is some gravel roads to contend with. It is a very pretty area but Doug was a slight bit apprehensive regarding the 25 kms into the park on the gravel roads. But, as it turns out, they were in excellent shape.

Who knew....Success is this-a-way!!!

I consider myself quite lucky in that Doug grew up on gravel roads and learning to
drive on them so he is very good at it. If I had been driving we probably still would have been crawling our way in to the park!! However, he had us in safe hands!!
It didn't take long and soon we had reached the outer texas gate (cattle gate) and Cabri Regional Park. It is a nice decent into the park, which sits on the west end of Lake Diefenbaker on the South Saskatchewan River.



Pretty postcard worthy, don't you think??

Coming down the hill towards the office.....


Nice day use area.... 
Concession and office building....

Their home away from Sherman (shhhh....don't tell Sherman)

Their "front yard"

Hard to believe that just before we were eating dinner, a
storm did pass through and it POURED and hailed
and thundered outside....then it was nice again!!

Out for a nice evening tour and stroll.....and mostly dried up from the rain.

If you read their blog you will remember the story of the baby owl.
Well, here he/she is now - pretty grown up.
Newly trimmed and maintained pathway.....
 I know this is a tad out of focus, but I liked the effect anyway!!
From what we can see, it is an exceptionally nice park. There seems to be quite a few loops of campsites around so everyone is spread out and not all on top of each other. There are many seasonal campers and still lots of room for those just passing through. Kevin & Ruth run the registration, maintenance, cleaning of bathrooms and work with the hired hand (also named Kevin). From what I can see, Kevin & Ruth pretty much do everything around here!!
We had a great evening of visiting. We will be here until Friday morning so there will be LOTS more time for stories!!
Until then... 
Thought for the Day: You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated....Maya Angelou.


  1. Man, I love those prairie skies. And everything is so green. Great photos!

    1. Thanks Dale! Those skies really are pretty, even when they are throwing grey clouds around, aren't they? The term big sky country really fits!! And considering how my camera is functioning right now.......not too bad!!