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May 17, 2017 - Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

Not a very nice day – cloudy & a forecast high of 12C so this morning I was happy to stay in my warm motorhome & play with my new radio. I think I’ve worked out what most of the buttons mean & also got rid of a few things that were annoying me with my GPS, so quite a productive morning. This area was used by the First Nations people to corral buffalo, hence the name. They have a small herd of Bison in a paddock but the ranger said the road was very rough so I gave that a miss & went for a walk around the lake instead. I've pretty much got...

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May 16, 2017 - Swift Current to Moose Jaw

After several e-mails & phone calls yesterday, I organised for a bloke in Moose Jaw to look at my radio & see what he could do, so I went straight up Highway 1 with only one stop at the small town of Chaplin. The main reason I stopped was because I’d been driving along lakeshores most of the way & my windshield was so thick with bugs that I could hardly see. The windshield washers just smeared them & made things worse so I got out my bucket & mop (the only way I can reach the windshield) & got most of them off. Chaplin turned out to be an...

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May 7, 2017 - Magnificent Moose Jaw

The Tunnels of Moose Jaw is on the agenda today. It was an eye-opening tour as it showed the hardships and shocking treatment of the Chinese immigrant workers forced to perform slave labour in the late 1800’s. They worked in the laundry industry which was in the basements of buildings on Main Street. Because of the awful racism they faced “up top” they chose to stay underground all day, every day. There were sleeping quarters and kitchens as well as their work areas but little else. They dug connecting tunnels from one “basement” to another...

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May 28, 2016 - Day in Moose Jaw

Spent the day touring around the city of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. There is history here of Al Capone coming here on the railroad from Chicago to bootleg and hide. This was the end of the railroad from the US. Thus making Moose Jaw have the nick name of Little Chicago. Underground tunnels were used by Capone for evading the police and hiding his illegal escapades. The tunnels were also used for working and housing the Chinese immigrants who came to this area in the early 1900's. They were poorly treated and keep in horrible conditions in the...

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May 27, 2016 - Crossing the Boarder

Today was the last day in the United States before we made the boarder crossing into Canada north of Minot, North Dakota. The weather is cool and it has been raining. We arrived at the boarder crossing in the rain. The crossing was not a busy one, just us and a few trucks. Once at the Boarder Crossing, we were asked for our passports and series of questions for why we were crossing into Canada, and where we were going, and how long we would be there. Then the usual questions of if we were bringing anything illegal etc. into the country....

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May 26, 2016 - Capone' & Da Moose

Thursday, May 26 we toured the City of Moose Jaw. We saw the Mosaic Ice Arena. There are over 50 wall murals down town, all in good repair, we did not see all of them. The CPR Station from 1922, was still standing,( although this was after 2 additional upgrades) but on January 16, 1990 the last "Canadian" made its final stop and eventually closed down. In Nov 1999 it reopened as a liquor store. The CPR's original Brass ceiling and light fixtures were still intactt, along with the old waiting room benches. It is the most beautiful liquor...

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May 25, 2016 - Onto small towns, salt mines, bird sanctuaries & and da Moose

May 25, Wednesday WE got up to clear blue skies, and gas up at Superstore. We had a minor issue with the car, you always have to expect something while on the road. On the road by 11:00 an driving east to Moose Jaw. There were more large irrigation systems that the Farmers were using in the feilds most of the way. When we were on the road, to Moose jaw we encountered a few surprises that had us stop. Maple Creek, this town was part of the Red Coat Trail, and the entrance to the muddy badlands of Cypress Park. History of Maple Creek We...

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Apr 22, 2015 - Underground in the Prairies

Today was an extra day in Moose Jaw... Why you may ask do we want to stay an EXTRA day in Moose Jaw, but the answer is simple. There is some really neat stuff here. Actually many towns along the way each have a bit of history and while going down the highway the last few days, we made a number of impulsive stops to read historical sign posts, we made notes and and latter looked up on the internet to learn more about some of the places we passed. It is actually really cool. Mind you, the people driving behind us... what they must be thinking...

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Winter West

Apr 21, 2015 - Two Outta Three Ain't Bad!

Sorry, still no pictures, a couple more days. But, being on the prairies there really isn't a lot to see day to day. Flat, then a few rolling hills, then flat again.... Today was a very short trip, so we slept in (actually huddled under the electric blanket!) and then sat inside reading and catching up on email, etc, until the temperature was above 5c. We’re really not happy with Mother Nature, but I guess after the winter we had she’s just reminding us that it could have been much worse! But we still haven’t caved in and worn pants, sweat...

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Winter West

Jun 27, 2014 - Day 10 First full day in Canada

Today was supposed to be fairly easy, 2 1/2 hours, Estavan to Moose Jaw. During pre-departure flight planning, it came to light that Hwy 39 was heavily traveled with oil/gas field equipment and trucks. This traffic has lead to an inordinate number of traffic accidents/deaths on this road. So, to prevent running into traffic problems, we opted to travel Highway 18. Looked the same on paper. That was the end of the similarity. Road started out asphalt, changed to gravel, then gravel/mud, all the while treating us to a wonderful washboard...

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Jun 2, 2014 - Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan - June 2014

Except for the rain, our 264 miles drive was pretty easy. A few bad roads. In this part of Saskachewan there are thousand and thousands of acres of wheat grown. As far as you can see, that is all you will see. Our destination is Moose Jaw in the province of Saskatchewan. Funny name. We found a Walmart in town that allows overnight parking and lets us use their free Wifi! Yippee! We drove through the historic downtown. Checked out the River Park Campground. To get to it, there is a bridge that has to be crossed with a weight limit of 10 Tons...

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Jul 31, 2013 - Happy Birthday to me!

Well we did not get a good nights sleep at Wal Mart last night, around 11:00 p.m. there was a guy out on the road his car stalled under our bedroom slideout, he kept trying to crank it over and over and over again, finally it started and he left, we definitely parked in a bad spot by the road, next time we’ll know (if there is a next time), then Buddy woke up at 6:00 a.m. from the traffic noise and couldn’t go back to sleep, we just got up had a cup of coffee and got dressed, walked down to a restaurant for breakfast, I had a crepe panini...

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