At the border, entering the "country" of Transnistria. Photo taken December 8, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A surprise day off!

Yesterday morning around this time, I had an email from the "boss". He's the guy on the board of directors that we deal with on a regular basis. He said that he knows we've been working hard and that we deserve a real day off. So while it was short notice, he said that if we wanted, he would come down and look after the place for the day so that we could get out of here.

Thanks Boss! Needless to say, we were outta here just after 9:00am!

We wanted to go up to Prince Albert National Park and see the sights and hike some trails. The park entrance gate is only about 32 kms (20 miles) north of here on a decent dirt road and then the park village of Waskesui is another 44 kms (28 miles) north of the gate on a decent paved road.

One of the many little lakes dotting the landscape on the way to Prince Albert National Park. 

Entering the park.

So we get to the gate and it's a few minutes after 10:00am. We knew it was expensive to get a day pass, but we handed over our $15.60 for the two of us. As she's going to get us our change, she says "sorry, I'm only just opening up".

So I said "Does that mean that if we showed up at 9:55am instead of 10:05am we wouldn't have to pay"?

All she responded with was "Well, you're supposed to have a pass"...which didn't really answer my question. Turns out that we could easily have not bought a pass and nobody would have checked. My guess is they only enforce it when it's busier in July and August. 

Talking to the lady a bit more, she said it's her 38th summer running that little entry booth!

A big beaver lodge along the way.

So we're driving along and here's these two Canada Geese going for a walk along the road with their little one. Yep, only one little one. They won't get off the road, yet every time I try and pass them the two adults get ready to fly and the little one scrambles to keep up. Eventually, I make a run for it and sure enough the adults took flight...and literally flew away leaving the little one behind! Maybe that's what happened to the rest of the family! We'll never know if they were reunited.

Oh well. As much as the photo is kind of cute, Canada Geese are mostly pests. "Rats with wings" as our friend Kent in Colorado once said!

Mom, Dad, and the little one.

We stopped at a couple of the campgrounds in the park, just to check them out. They are unserviced campsites that cost $12.50 right now, but increase to $15.50 on June 15th. Add on your $15.60 per couple per day day use fee and that's a pretty expensive fee for an unserviced campsite. Of course if you're going to use the parks, you are better off buying an annual pass thats valid for all National Parks in Canada. Oh, and don't forget your $9.00 nightly fee for a campfire permit. Although that does include a supply of wood.

The little blue car, enjoying a day out!

More wildlife. We actually spotted five deer along the way. Apparently there are also a lot of elk, but we didn't see any.

We stopped for two different short hikes. Both of them led to lookout towers. The first one was only about 2 kms (1.3 miles) and the second about 4 kms (2.5 miles). 

Ruth, hiking through the birch trees.

Kevin at the top of the first lookout tower.

Stormy looking skies ahead. We did get a few showers, but nothing that stopped us from enjoying the day.

Namekus Lake and campground has a nice beach!

At the base of the second tower, there was a lot of indication of bear activities. Here's Kevin showing where a bear had recently used his claws to scratch off a chunk of wood!

At the top of the second tower.

Made it to the village of Waskesui. (pronounced Wask-eh-soo). There are a couple of lodges and a conference facility, a bunch of expensive cottages, and a golf course among overpriced cafes and touristy shops. Not really our thing, and it's probably a real zoo in July and August.

Ruth, relaxing on the dock, with the Waskesui beach in the background.

Then, we drove back through the city of Prince Albert and did our grocery shopping as part of the trip. We drove a total of 225 kms (140 miles) and had a great day off! Thanks Boss!

Yesterday's drive, 225 kms (140 miles).

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19 comments:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful day of to explore a bit.
    Nice boss!

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    1. Yep, it was a nice surprise and we truly enjoyed it.

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  2. What a great surprise. And you guys know how to make the best of it.

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    1. Yep, we sure do because we didn't know if we would get another chance at it.

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  3. I think those are aspen trees, not birch, but cool picture anyway.

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    1. Well, knowing that you were in the tree business for your working life, we would tend to believe that you're correct!

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  4. The link to the voting site is not working. It's 13:00 CST. I'll keep trying, I voted this morning but wanted to check the count.

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    1. Maybe there was just an issue with it at the time you tried but it is working.

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  5. What a treat, an unexpected day off. Now you have better understanding of your area.

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    1. And, there is still so much to see around here!

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  6. Its always nice to have a day off, looks like a great way to enjoy it too.

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  7. Well deserved day off. I would have kicked my feet up but, no, you two go HIKING! Sure looks like a beautiful place! Grace (in Tucson)

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    1. We spent most of last weekend with our feet kicked up because of the rainy weather so we weren't about to waste a day that we could actually go out and explore.

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  8. I didn't realize you guys were on duty 24/7. I thought you had a work job like most, 20 hours a week over 3 or 4 days. Glad you got at least one day off. Interesting info about the Provincial parks. We hope to go to the Maritimes and stay in them in August. Guess we should get an annual pass. Are all the campsites unserviced? That is a really high fee to boondock. Any suggestions for camping in the Maritimes would be greatly appreciated. Looks like a really nice park that you could spend a lot of time in..........if you had it. Hope you get some regular days off.

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    1. Kevin clarified this a little more on today's post. So hopefully now everyone can understand more about what is involved in our work.

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  9. Couldn't vote just now - comes up saying "Site Under Construction"...

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  10. Beautiful! I love the birch trees and the fact that you got to see wildlife.

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    1. Actually found out these were Aspen trees, not birch even though they look like they are. Thank you for taking time to comment Jenna.

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