arrived at Moose Jaw

I had to help a student (unscheduled, without pay, I might add!), create homework for another, post tutoring session records online, and pay bills (online) before I could leave.  I finally left Lethbridge about 12:30pm.

Moose Jaw seems like a nice place.  It’s a small city of just under 34,000 (4th largest in SK).  After putting my bags in the hotel, I wandered the streets looking for a) some food and b) a beer.

Here are some pics.

 5/10/2024  8:22 PM       823430 AB, SK 20240508_191434 streets and buildings, Moose Jaw, SK.jpg
 5/10/2024  8:23 PM       692768 AB, SK 20240508_192112 streets and buildings, Moose Jaw, SK.jpg
 5/10/2024  8:23 PM      1002959 AB, SK 20240508_192114 liquor store, Moose Jaw, SK.jpg
 5/10/2024  8:23 PM       776188 AB, SK 20240508_192122 streets and buildings, Moose Jaw, SK.jpg
  5/8/2024  7:21 PM      4496314 AB, SK 20240508_192153 Victory Church (no perfect people), Moose Jaw, SK.jpg
 5/10/2024  8:24 PM      1642716 AB, SK 20240508_192406 streets and buildings, Moose Jaw, SK.jpg
  5/8/2024  7:26 PM      3357405 AB, SK 20240508_192656 Temple Garden Hotel & Spa.jpg
  5/8/2024  7:30 PM      2911284 AB, SK 20240508_193046 Pile O' Bones Space Cadet IPA.jpg

I went to the hot spring pool area sometime after 8pm with a few hours to spare (closed at 11pm).  I wish I had my camera then.  The sky was cloudy, and the weather cool (maybe 10°C), but it had stopped raining.  There were mostly seniors and Natives there.  The water and scenery was really nice.  A woman there was reading a book.  I decided to go get mine in my room, providing a cool-down break from the hot water.

drivin’ back to Sask (not Saskatoon)

I’m on my way back to Saskatchewan again.  This trip, I’ll stay at a hot springs hotel & spa called Temple Garden in … you’ll never guess … Moose Jaw, SK!  Sound fun?  Dang rights!  Floyd suggested that, when I go back again to pick him up after seeing his family members and visiting with his sister, I should stop off for one night at Temple Garden.  It’s a hot spring of some kind.  So that’s where I’m headed.

On the way there, when the rain storm clouds began to dissipate, I could see an eerie orange building on the horizon, way out there.  As I drew closer,

…it turned out to be a large elevator, not alien construction of a space / time portal hidden in plain sight, as one would naturally presumed.  (Unless aliens are running the wheat industry now…)  It in fact is just painted, presumably, their corporate colours.

I also found a nice house to buy, central to everything, near a restaurant (at which I have eaten once several years ago).

A fixer-upper.  I’m good at that.

They also have a casino – the hotel, not the wooden house  above – but I likely won’t darken their doors.  Not my thing.  I prefer expected, predicable value for my money.

More when I get there.

(BTW – for those of you not from Western Canada, Runnin’ Back to Saskatoon by The Guess Who)

AB, SK 2024

We left May 2, 2024, and I got back yesterday, May 3.

I delivered Floyd to his sister’s in Alameda, SK, for a wedding.  Floyd drove half-way, and I drove the rest.  Problem is, we left shortly after 9am and, thanks to me searching for a Shell station to get a discount, Google maps, and Saskatchewan highway planners, we ended up going off-course a considerable amount.

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off to the coast

I’m off again.  I’m headed to the coast again, this time Vancouver.  I’ll meet A&C there at a BnB.  I’ve got new winter tires, chains, winter gear, etc., everything I’ll need to get there.  Wish me luck.

Veronica & Jane

I just met a woman from Ireland named Veronica.  She was standing in the town square in Basingstoke, UK near a statue of Jane Austen.  How’s that?

I video called my sister via WhatsApp.  When she answers, she was talking to a friend of hers on the street and introduced me.  I showed Veronica the snowy landscape in Lethbridge, just outside my windows.  It just so happened that we’ve had about a foot (30cm) of snow.  She was quite amazed.  Aizlynn showed the town square, a quaint, picturesque place.  There is a statue of the writer, Jane Austen, nearby.  We read some plaques on the ground showing bits of into.

Aizlynn & Caleb were on their way out to supper, so off they went.