October 24th 2007 7:30 am
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Tues Sept 11
It was partly sunny this morning as Dad and I left Sault St Marie and drove past Lake Superior. We spent over an hour hiking the shoreline of Lake Superior at a provincial park here. Being at Lake Superior is just like being at the ocean! Waves roll ashore and water extends all the way to the horizon. It`s truly an inland sea! Dad and I hiked the Superior shoreline back to a rocky bluff, then climbed the bluff for some exciting views of Lake Superior. We even waded in the water for a bit, but it was rather cloudy and too cool for any real swimming. On our last trip here in 2005, it was actually warm enough for some swimming! There were some small rocky islands not too far from the beach.
Rain soon began and lasted till mid afternoon. It was VERY windy after the rain ended and Dad had trouble just keeping his small Geo Metro steady on the road. We stopped for the night at a campground near Thunder Bay,Ontario.
Wed Sept 12
Nice trail system surrounding the Thunder Bay campground. Dad gave me a nice walk before we got started this morning.
We drove provincial Hwy 17 thru the lake country of western Ontario this morning, passing many small lakes some with small rocky islands in them.
We reached the Manitoba border in early afternoon. It was sunny and pleasantly warm and Dad gave me a walk and we both had our lunch here.
It was quite windy as we drove across the plains of Manitoba this afternoon and once again Dad had his work cut out for him as he fought to keep the small car steady on the highway.
Moderate to heavy rains returned late in the day as we neared the Saskatchewan border. The rains caused ponding on the road and our car would "fishtail" from time to time. This was especially scary as darkness was comming on and there were frequent large trucks approaching us on the road.
We were nearing the small town of Yorkton,Saskatchewan and Dad remembered a nice campsite here that he had used on our 2005 trip. Alas we couldn`t find it in the dark and rain and thus wound up pulling off Hwy 16 and driving down an old dirt farm road. We found an isolated spot in a field and parked there for the night. Dad used our car as a small RV and we slept in it for the night. It was surprisingly cozy inside the car. We were in the middle of dark farmland,rain was pelting down on the roof,and the lights of the highway were visible in the distance.
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