Tues. Jul. 12, 2011: Winnipeg, MB ~ Regina, SK (3:15am/5:15 our time)
12.07.2011 - 12.07.2011
We’re in Regina. We were supposed to get here early, but…We got seriously delayed by traffic mishaps in the Peg (i.e. missed turns + construction + traffic gridlock), and we arrived late.
We’re tired and grumpy.
First stop was Assiniboine Park with Leo Maul Sculpture Garden
plus Winnie the Bear at the Zoo,
Next, we went to see the Golden Boy,
and then dropped in at the Forks Market.
Later, we observed the flooding and “Historic Town” in Brandon. (not much of a district).
The day scored 3 geocaches for Jer.
And I can’t help but feel pleasure in having seen my first proper Prairie Sunset. The sky was painted lightly with delicate wisps of clouds that turned pink as the sky seemed to grow three times bigger, before erupting in a glow of fire that that turned us and everything in our world orange, as we drove toward it.
The Prairie was like a black chasm at night. The sky and the road disappeared. The wind-bent wheat stalks were the only residents, ethereal presences, dancing at the edge of our peripheral, illuminated like shadowy spirits at the edge of our high-beam spotlight. They whispered that we were going the right way, and we drove straight, onwards. Towns may or may not have existed out in the fields. Their faint lights might have just been mirages.
At one point after night had descended, we pulled over at a Grain Elevator with a sign that turned out to be the visitor centre for the town of Grenfell, SK. In the clearing, there stood a row of miniature buildings and we strolled like giants through the little village, imagining what it would be like if we were that large in such a small, simple world. (Ok, it may have been more like a Godzilla moment… It was fun to pretend).
Status update on Facebook reads:
Regina. Millions of bug guts are the bumper's souvenirs
Onwards to Alberta tomorrow.