We arrived at the park yesterday!
We said goodbye to Wendy and Phil and her daughter Michelle yesterday at 8:30am. Thanks for having us! We'll see you at the park sometime this summer!
The drive was uneventful. On the way, we stopped in the city of Swift Current (pop 18,000) and checked things out. This is where we'll be going to do our once a week grocery shopping. It's about 45 minutes from the park.
Typical Saskatchewan along the Trans Canada highway.
We arrived at the town of Cabri (pronounced Caybree) at noon and met with a couple of people from the park's board of directors and they took us out for lunch. The town is only about 400 people, but there are some services there and it's only about 20 kms (12 miles) from the park itself.
Entrance to the town of Cabri.
Then, we headed out to the park. You have to drive about 20 kms (12 miles) on dirt farm roads to get there. Miles and miles of wheat fields.
This is the prairies!
The park itself is located on the South Saskatchewan River, which is actually part of Lake Diefenbaker. The lake is almost 200 kms (120 miles) long!
We are located at the tip of the green arrow. Just west of Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park.
Coming down from the wheat fields, there are rolling hills, and then the water. It's really quite pretty!
They took us for a tour around the park. It's quite a bit different than the park we were at last year. For one thing, it's a bigger campground. There are around 125 sites, compared to last year's which was 55 sites. But the big difference is that 80 of the sites here are seasonals! And the seasonals here have to look after their own property maintenance and grass cutting.
Also, we have a full time employee who starts today as well. He's a university student, and he was here last year too, so he'll be somewhat familiar with things. Then we have another full time employee for the months of July and August.
We will be doing a lot more office type work. We're responsible for reservations and bookings and they even have a computerized reservation system. It will be a totally different work environment for us this year, and I think it's going to be a lot better than last year. Ask me again in July!
Here's where we live!
We live in an old mobile home. It's huge! It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a laundry room. And it has central air conditioning! We'll show you more pictures over the coming days. The building you see on the right is the office and canteen. Oh, and I have a huge maintenance garage too!
After we did the tour, Ruth and I drove the 45 minutes back to Swift Current and did a huge grocery shop ($160) and picked up some things we need for the house. It was 8:00pm by the time we arrived back at the park!
Taken at 6:30am this morning.
Notice that there is no ice or snow! We're quite a bit further south than where we were last year. If you remember last year, the ice didn't come off the lake until May 17th. Much warmer here, so far. In fact, they're calling for 21C (70F) and sunny today! Back to normal tomorrow, but we'll take it when we get it, right??!
I think it's going to be a fun five months! Stay tuned, and we'll update you every day about what life is like running a campground!