Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wordfuse (Saskatchewan Edition)

Care to hug a barbed-wire buffalo?
Just Saskatchewander right over to North Battleford, Saskatchewan.




















Road trip! Visiting family, we are about to become Saskatchewanderers again. I can't take credit for this wordfuse; there really is a Saskatchewanderer. Now that's a sweet summer job.

You'd like Saskatchewan. It's totally Canada's backyard. Think barbeques. Family picnics. It's homey. It's happy. It's also lakes. And fishing. And really big gophers. (Some are flat on the highway, but still.) It's wide, wide open sky and all the space one could ever dream of. It's a geo-cacher's dream. And it's mostly NOT flat, but I must admit, aesthetically, I love a strong horizon line. It's also a blend of cultures and history. Bannock S'mores anyone? Perogie Pizza? Did I mention lakes?

Anyway, I've traveled all over plenty of it and these are some of my favourite places about my long-ago but fondly remembered home province (in no particular order):  

1. Lloydminster's border. You can stand in two different provinces at the same time. Or even hop back and forth between the two. That's sort of the story of my life. Cool.
2. Batoche, especially the cemetery. A bit of time travel. Ever hear of Gabriel Dumont? Louis Riel?
3. Broadway Avenue in Saskatoon. Art. Food. Music. Improv. Awesome. No wonder Joni Mitchell grew up in this city.
4. Where modern mingles with dinosaurs: the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon. Inspiring.
5. I got engaged here: Mendel Art Gallery.
6. Tobin Lake has big fish. Seriously.
7. Have you ever seen the Canadian Shield? Think mountains after they've been stomped on. Or like Jenga right after the collapse. That's Creighton, Saskatchewan and nearby Flin Flon, Manitoba.
8. I was always jealous of my childhood friend Edwina because she got to go to Camp Easter Seal. One summer though, we went to visit her and swam in a nearby salt-water lake. Go bobbing, without the apples.
9. And here's one place I hope to see as we Saskatchewander this trip: The Crooked Bush.
10. And finally...
Grandma & Grandpa's backyard. Pure love.

12 comments:

Oilfield Trash said...

Sounds like a good time to be had.

Munk said...

thanks for that.

Windsmoke. said...

Now that's what i call a backyard:-).

Mrs. Tuna said...

Pretty darn cool buffalo Tonto.

Michael said...

11. Drive-in theatres!

dbs said...

@OT 'Tis.
@Munk Welcome.
@Windsmoke It's a good one.
@MrsT I think it's fantastic.
@Michael It was in my first draft.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I know Saskatchewan well. It's a great province and really underrated.

Vinny C said...

I don't travel nearly enough. Actually, I don't travel ever. One of these days, I've got to put that lazy passport to work.

Kev D. said...

Sounds like heaven.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Neat, I want to go now.

Antares Cryptos said...

Looks and sounds spacious.

Teachinfourth said...

Everybody needs wide open spaces sometimes...

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