Back in the land of sunflowers and wheat
We left Winnipeg today, heading west on Trans Canada Highway 1.
It was soon obvious that we’ve arrived at the prairie. If you see trees here it means there’s a river or a lake. Otherwise the land is flat and unbroken for as far as the eye can see. This is farmland, where the Canadian Shield lies buried under rich black soil. The crops are wheat and corn and sometimes a field of sunflowers. If there’s monotony we don’t see it - we see nothing but beauty. The prairie is not unlike the ocean and it's easy to see why settlers called their wagons ‘schooners’.
After an hour we turned north, paralleling Manitoba’s border with Saskatchewan. Our destination is the town of Flin Flon, another day’s drive to the north. But we came here to see the country and we’re in no particular hurry. We took a campsite for the night at Clear Lake. This weekend is a provincial holiday and the campground is booked solid. They could only take us for one night - but that’s all we wanted anyway. Tomorrow we’ll be moving on.