Airport day today. I had the insomnia and didn't sleep much. I also had a weird dream that all people were teddybears??
I took the opportunity to get my own back on Dad by banging about showering and packing while he was still nodding.
At the Airport Cowboys and Cowgirls walk about offering help and assistance... Strange, but they speak English/Canadian and they pointed us in the right direction.
We checked our bags in and then Dad had a drama trying to take 2 pocket knives through in his hand luggage!!! He had to go back out of departures and eventually on his 3rd pass and after being swabed we met up in the food court ...... seriously Dad !!
On the plane now Dad is back into the Suduko book and I'm dropping little stinkers. The girl behind me keeps kicking my seat, I'll get my own back soon by adjusting it throughout the flight :) Yogi Bear is listed as one of the movies, I hope they 'ain't s***ting me'
Ok, Time to sum up, my thoughts ....... ......
---- We came at the Start of the holiday season which has been a good move, the weather could have been better at times but the roads were clear. We have been told in a few weeks most of the roads we used are full of campers and Mobile homes. Motel prices shoot up too, we paid an average of $85 for a room at a roadside motel, these rise up to around $130 at busier times.
---- We had a 2.5 Nissan do dar thingy and it was spot on, i guess if you want to get lost in the bush down the logging roads then something a little more rugged would be needed. Twice the rozzers flashed me to slow down, not bad for the 6000 'Clicks' we drove.
I totally nailed driving on the wrong side of the road, Dad gets a fail for use of the invisible brake. I wouldn't recommend doing a tour on a motorbike, the condition of the roads sucks ass big time due to the winters.
---- Mosquitos like to munch on Dad more than anyone in the whole world.
---- Driving on the west coast and on the island had no dull moments. The variety of terrain we drove through was what made the trip for me, I have about 900 photos to bore friends and family with when I get back.
---- Canadian people are really really extremely friendly helpful and polite ...... really. (except for the nice lady who sent us into the bush).
.... In Canada you are never more than 20 meters from a Tim Hortons korrfee shop.
---- Wildlife, although we have yet to see the elusive Elk!!! We saw everything else we expected. A little later in the season there are many tours for bear watching, but I can't see the point when they are kicking about at roadsides and they cost a packet. Boats and seaplanes may be worth a look to see islands and Orca whales when they arrive.
.... Baseball is just a little less boring than cricket but Ice hockey is a great sport I'm having Vancouver as my team.
.... My physic skills didn't develop as much as I'd have liked, I did discover it's easy to make strangers feel uncomfortable by staring at them, although I wouldnt recommend doing it in a trendy night club.
.... Yogi Bear is a bit of a let down and I lost the seat fight with Fanny Anne behind me she just couldn't sit still :(
---- Saskatoon is a nice city with all kinds of characters, did i mention the unicycle or the juggler? I started to find my way round without Sat Nav, but to get there is one long drive man!
---- My Canadian; Gee it's good man .... Really!
---- I never want to go down in the woods expecting a big surprise
.... Our hosts for our stay in Saskatoon were fantastic. I hope you guys read this, thanks a million Mick and Judy, hope to see you again soon.
Finally, my Dad. The trip was all his idea it wouldn't have happened without him and it couldn't have gone any better. Do we know each other better now after this? I honestly couldnt say, we've been friends for almost 40 years anyway.
We had a deal that I write this and Dad writes his diary, but we don't read each others till we get home. I wonder how this differs from your diary Dad??? Love ya and thanks thanks thanks for the adventure and great memories papa
You all have a wonderful day now …...........