Manitoba, Yellowhead Highway and Inglis, June 13, 2008

20 07 2008
The Boogie Bus Hanging out on the Yellowhead Highway

The Boogie Bus Hanging out on the Yellowhead Highway

The Jewel of Manitoba

Robin in Roblin

We detoured and entered Manitoba near Roblin, because it sounded like Robin. Roblin is unique in that it has it’s own flag (blue with a golden diamond on it) and that is has a giant rotating metal diamond with a “time capsule” in it. The “time capsule” was created in 2000, and will be opened in 2013 so the people of Roblin can marvel at the quaint, retro-artifacts of yore.

The highways of Manitoba were as beautiful as those in Saskatchewan, but more hilly and full of ponds and other water features. We stopped to take a picture of a rainbow and when we turned off the engine of the Boogie Bus discovered the prairie was loud with animal noises: crickets, frogs, and bird calls. I got Step to record some. (From this time until we reached Quebec we had many rainbows ahead of us, which we took as a sign we were on the right track).

Loud Manitoba

Noisy Manitoba

Inglis

Inglis

Inglis has the only remaining row of multiple old-fashioned grain elevators like the one Bill Buk, my cousin 5 times removed worked at. Since we are late starters we got there after the insides were closed but we still enjoyed walking around outside of it and reading signs about how the farmers would go there, sell their wheat, and then hang around to gossip and play cards.

We got as far as Highway 1 and Portage la Prairie before pulling into Miller’s Camping Resort a little after they were closed. We were lucky the fellow closing up had mercy on us and opened the gate. I was surprised by the RVs there that had little wooden porches, gazebos and gardens with water features. Some of them had little wooden signs announcing “The Smiths” and such. There was also a small in-ground pool with a fence around it that was already closed. I was astounded by this spectacle of commitment to RV camping and got Step to promise we would stop in again on our way back for swimming. Little did I know that this was but a modest example of the RV “resort” campsites popular in Central Canada.

Step in Inglis

Step in Inglis

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