Lower Fort Garry, 12inch hotdog and pelicans!

Let’s start with the morning.

Campgrounds.

Some look lovely.  You’re super impressed.  Then you go to shower…

And the price gouging begins

Shower: $1.00 for 3 minutes

Laundry: $10.00

Charging electronics: $2.00

All the RV outlets stopped working the other week.

Coffee: $3.75

(I’d poured it before I saw that sign)

Finally we finished all that and headed out around 1:00pm

We drove through Lockport. It looked interesting but we didn’t stop.

We drove past a curious place called Skinners. I thought animals or taxidery. I wasn’t even close, it’s a hotdog eatery.

We didn’t stop.

Lower Fort Garry was gorgeous.  Taking the guided tour was worth it. The “moose” on the HBC crest is comical.  I’m curious about why the HB are joined together vs seperate. This was the site of the first metal hospital. We learned that pridonersw only went to into a jail cell if they were being really bad

Otherwise they just roamed the upper building. If they escaped the guardsman was punished as severely as the prisoner.

I liked three  things.

1. The silver fox fur. Hard to come by at a 1-1000 ratio.

2. The blacksmith shop. Of all the things that Oliver and could have built. And the fun fires to be had Finn!

3. That if a woman was caught reading the man’s  newspaper the “cure” was (seriously) to tie her to her bed and force feed her blueberries, as the antioxidant qualities were said too cure what ailed her.

I actually laughed and asked if she was being serious when the guide said that.  I was mostly stunned.

At this point I should also mention that I’m the only single female in a group of Mennonite  families. 

We finished ten minutes before close. Found Riel the best shirt ever.

And headed towards Kenora.

We stopped at Skinners and ate lol

We even shared a perogy poutine.

Of course we had to try that.

As we drove by lockport again we also stopped there.  We took pictures of the locks and all the pelicans! We even found a souvenir for Spencer.

Then drove until 11ish at night.

Down hwy 44

It does not come highly recommended. 

It’s  nasty.

But you can drive down the middle of it and avoid about 6% of the bumps.

Did I mention yet that the tires were not properly balanced at fountain tire in Winnpeg?

It was bad enough that I checked  on Rennie to see if one was actually coming  off ha ha. No really. It’s been a delightful 600+km since then without any open service stations.

Then we eventually got to sleep.  Snuggled (insert sarcasm here) in at a walmart. After scoping out the weird parker who made me uneasy (I still don’t have a window remeber)

And we slept.
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Check out the moose

Look up customs on the crest and the queen or royal family visiting the Fort. FYI this is still a thing.

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The men’s
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The ladies
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this is a tea brick

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The fence  was horrible lol

The Mennonites commented on how it would never kept their goats in..sav and I chuckled. Not Gary’s  either.

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This is the biggest display of limestone  building in Canada apparently

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From 1852

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For Mischa
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Silver fox
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Book press
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Out back atSkinner
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Inside
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Birds hill

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