Winnipeg 101

How to cover most of the city in a day.

Wake up early.

Drink coffee you got from a Timmies that you didn’t know you couldn’t get out of by pulling through.

This caused an 85 point turn and my blood to boil.

I was now WIDE awake..

With barely any coffee to boot.

We found a petvalu. Finally a  dog bath after roughly 3 weeks.

Nope. No Bath there.

So we drive to the Mint.

Savannah held a solid gold bar.

Worth 639,000.00 if memory serves correctly.

This place makes all the coinage in Canada.

And contacts to about 70 other countries

The death of the penny here, which cost 1.5 cents to make, has creayed more space for contract jobs.

Ottawa makes the pretty stuff.

Google the glass snails.

Or pearls.

Heck Anna, Elsa, Dory and Nemo are on coins.

Savannah’s favorite was the Star Trek series.

We learned it takes 4 things to create Canadian currency.

The value.

The year.

The Queen
The Country.

We saw the image of the million dollar coin that is in Ottawa.
They made four more as people wanted to buy them.. One was just stolen from a muesum in Belgium. The owner loaned it to them. Turns out they may not have great… or any security in an under-construction part. Someone walked in with a wheelbarrow and out with it.
The last one available sold for 6 million to a Saudi Prince who had it turned into a coffee table/side table.
The two others didn’t publicize their purchase. Bet they’re happy about that after the Belguim incident.

We then saw The Riel house because we know a Riel!
Louis Riel never lived there.
His family had a very sad short life history..see the boards in the pictures. So much tragic death.
Savannah has decided she’d lived to take up glass beadwork. She purchased a Metis made little coin bag from a Metis interpreter who works there to help give her ideas.

We then went to the Forks… again brutal parking. 6 point turns in itty bittty areas poorly marked. Unless you know the area, drive a normal car or GPS adds a currently arial view map then it’s tough.

We walked the Riel bridge. Saw the Forks area. Went to the children’s museum. We thought ok spend 1.5 hrs at each place them hit the Human rights museum.
You know what they say about the best laid plans. You know how much I like plans ha ha

Well 2.5 hrs later we left the children’s museum.
The human rights was covered in scaffolding. Lots of caution tape. Bad signs. And closing in 15 minutes I told Sav (it really was)

So we skipped it. Next time

We had a good chat about Gandhi though.

Then we decided to wing it and head North-ish towards Lower Fort Garry and hoped to find camping.

We did. Yay.
At Birds Hill Campground.
Goggle image it. I didn’t take many photos.
It’s huge people. Gorgeous.. well maintained. Showers shaped like a massive cement ship. Big enough spaces we fit in a tent site.
The office is multi-person staffed with electric reader boards. It had a dump/water station. Laundrymat and a store. On a lake.

It was nice to cook dinner outside on the mini-burner.
Max got a nice long lead.
Maleficent even got to roam.
Till she tired to run for the tall grasses. The. Her privileges got revoked as it said bear-country.

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