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Geppetto’s

Geppetto’s

Along the TransCanada Hwy, east of Winnipeg, there is a place called Geppetto’s (as in Pinocchio’s Geppetto).

Originally, Geppetto’s was all about Wood products for Home & Garden.  It’s s place to get lawn and garden furniture that John (aka: Geppetto) was making out of this workshop.

Over the years, along with his wife Sandy, they added a small snack shop and miniature golf course.

 

It’s been almost 25 years, but unfortunately for their customer’s, Geppetto and his wife are selling the business with hopes that someone will continue with Geppetto’s, as they head into a new chapter of their life…. retirement. 


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Swimming in the Rain – Riding Mountain National Park MB

Swimming in the Rain – Riding Mountain National Park MB

Moon Lake – Riding Mountain National Park located in Manitoba

When I first arrived, it was beautiful outside and the lake was as calm as can be…

I met a few interesting people, including…

A family from Minot USA had been coming to Riding Mountain for approx 30+ years and its been family tradition that’s being passed onto the grandkids. 


Then there was a traveler from Quebec who was definitely living in the moments. A free-spirited, dread-locks and all, young lady who had worked on a Manitoba ranch for a couple months but was now making her way back to home to Quebec.

As the clouds rolled it and it started to rain, it was time to take shelter.  However, not for this young lady….

…she decided it was time to go swimming. Although it was raining, it was still quite warm out.

As for me and a couple others, keeping dry and out the rain was preferred and we were sharing the shelter with seven nests filled with baby barn swallows and their parents.

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World’s Largest Bunnock – “Game of Bones”

World’s Largest Bunnock – “Game of Bones”

Have you ever heard of Bunnock or perhaps the other name its referred to… The Game of Bones?

Well first, let me introduce you to the World’s Largest Bunnock…

…its Macklin Saskatchewan’s 32ft fibre glass horse anklebone Tourist Information Booth.

Bunnock or “Game of Bones” has been compared to bowling and curling, and is believed to have been created by Russian Soldiers to pass the time while stationed in Serbia during the 19th Century.

Two teams stand on opposite ends of the field and take turns trying to knock down each other’s row of bones. This is done by throwing more bones at the standing bones, and must be done in a specific order.

During the 20th Century, Russian & German immigrants who settled in Saskatchewan had introduced Bunnock to the community, where it became very popular in Macklin SK. This is where the annual World Bunnock Championships are held.

Check this out – Official Rules of Bunnock

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The road between Banff and Jasper – Hwy 93

The road between Banff and Jasper – Hwy 93

The road between Banff and Jasper, highway 93, is filled with all kinds of visually stimulating sights. Everything from the green emerald glacier filled lakes, waterfalls, snow peak mountain tops within arms reach, glaciers, and the abundance of wildlife.


At one stop, I could noticed something up in the mountain, but it was too far to distinguish exactly what it was. Zoom lens in hand….

It ended up being a German Military Exercise taking place….


 

And then I came across the Athabasca Ice Fields … If you decide not to go by tour bus, there’s a 5 km walk from the parking lot to the ice fields.

I had been in shorts and a t-shirt because it was pretty warm out, but half way to the ice fields the temperature immediately drops…sigh…. I should have brought a jacket for the walk. In the distance you can see the tundra buses filled with tourists up on the ice. 


 


Not to far from the ice fields and right long the highway is Tangle Creek Waterfalls! A little cold on the back of the head! Ya, I had to stick my head in. Very refreshing. 


 

Continue to make my way to Jasper, but just before you get there on Hwy 93, there is a “Wildlife & Mountain Goats” View area. Not more than 20 feet away from the sign….. 2 adults and 2 baby goats putting on a show for the 20 or so tourist. The young goats would get a burst of energy, jumping up and kicking out their hind legs.


I was planning to stop in Jasper for the night, but when I arrived shortly after 7:00pm…. it was packed with tourists! I didn’t think tourist would be arriving for a few more days when school was officially out for the summer. Nope, I was wrong. Bus loads of people, RV’s, camper…everywhere. So I decided to carry on through. 


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How to ruin Valentine’s Day for your daughters

How to ruin Valentine’s Day for your daughters

Over 160 Species of Roses – Located in Deroche BC, The Fraser Valley Rose Farm is a family run hobby farm that primarily focus’ roses. Jason, Lisa and their 2 daughters have been developing their rose farm for approximately 6 years, which also includes a few pet ducks and rabbits.

With a grand tour, Jason and I ventured off into the gardens where the amazing powerful and delicate colours come to life. Oh, and the abundance of natural rose fragrance was stunning.

There were over 160 different types of roses from all over the world, so I had to ask “Which of the roses was indigenous to Canada?”. Well this was cool, he pointed out …. 

… the “Winnipeg Parks Shrub”, a rose named after my hometown. He went onto mention that this particular rose was actually from the area of Morden MB.

There was one rose, when still in its bud form, had a moss texture to it. After you rub it and smell your fingers, it has a strong pine scent. Because of its unusualness for the pine scent, it was well sot after rose.

Now that I had the tour, it had me thinking. Here’s a guy with 3 women in the house who basically gave them a their very own Rose Garden that women dream about.

So I poised the question and statement, “What the heck were you thinking!?”

I guess you kinda ruined it for yourself, because seriously, how do you top this when it comes to special occasions? Its not as if you can wake up on Valentines days, turn to Lisa and point to the garden, and say, “160 different types… there you go, knock yourself out.”. Jason laughed and agreed that he kinda set the bar a little too high for himself.

Let’s face it, there are going to be future son-in-laws that are going to be a little pissed at you. They’ll show up at the door with what they think is the most impressive, and awesomest bouquet of roses your daughters have ever seen…. only to be devastated when they look over your daughter’s shoulders and see this acreage. You could write a book, How to ruin Valentine’s Day for your daughters.

Now that I think of it, there’s going to be a lot of guys who are going to be a little upset at you once their wives read this story. “Lisa’s husband got her a few acres of roses, all I got was a valentines’s coffee mug with a couple lousy chocolate roses at the end of stick. ”.

In all seriousness, from the edible plant section to the major beds of roses, the family has done an amazing job! They are a super friendly family that encourages you to come out and have look at their Fraser Valley Rose Farm in Deroche BC.

More photos of their Rose Garden – A Visual Experience

Cathedral Trail – A Forest of Old & Giant Trees

Cathedral Trail – A Forest of Old & Giant Trees

This is one the super easiest and most accessible trails you’ll ever come across! It guides you through a forest of giant trees, some of which are older than 800 years!


The Big Tree


This was pretty interesting…

Living Tree Stump. The bark has covered it completely while its roots have grafted onto a living tree, where it soaks in the nutrients to survive.

Visiting the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

Visiting the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

Location: Errington BC – Vancouver Island

I can’t rave enough about this place!  The enthusiasm of the volunteers, staff, the facility and the grounds layout was awesome.

Let me back up…

I had just finished checking out the Goats on Roof and the Marble Statues, and now it was time to continue on my way, but which way? That’s when I discovered there was a Wildlife Recovery Centre nearby.

Heading that way and having no idea what to expect or if visitors were even allowed to observe, I still had to check it out.

The parking entrance was being overlooked by volunteers, which could only mean one thing… this place was about to get busy and was preparing to welcome visitors!

Unknown to me at the time, it was actually Family Day at the NIWR and it was FREE! Even though today was free admission, it should be noted that what they normally charge is well worth checking this facility out! – NIWR website

What to expect ….

Obviously their primary focus is on the recovery & release of wild animals which include… well… almost everything from Black Bears, Cougars, Turtles, Ducks, Golden & Bald Eagles, other animals including Wild Turkeys. They also have a pond with frogs, newts, and other water critters.

This rooster was so interested in my camera that he kept following me and photobombing my shots,  but his attitude sure chanced when I brought out the frying pan.

I’m not sure about his story, other then he likes hanging out with the Wild Turkeys. I was told that “He thinks he’s a wild turkey” and tries to mimic them.  

The NIWR centre was more than just showing people recovering animals, it also had various buildings along with outdoor displays that provided tons of information. Some were interactive, including displays the volunteers were enthusiastically wanting to show off.

One volunteer had a long rope with key tags attached at various points. With my arms reaching outwards to the side, the rope was stretched over my the length of my arms, where a key tag hang. The key tag read, “If you were a bird, your arm span suggests you are a Turkey Vulture”. .. I want a second opinion….sigh, I’ve been called worse. 

I know you want to see more photos of the animals, but the cage wiring prevented me from capturing any good photos of the animals. Besides, the animals were best viewed in person, so I just enjoyed it without worrying about taking any more photos.

I highly recommend going to the NIWR, there’s lots to see & experience.
At the very least, check out their website – NIWR  

Note: Although my photos mostly show birds, that’s only because they were the easiest to photograph today.  All the other wildlife was a little more difficult to capture on camera.  So check out their website to see the other wildlife they care for. 

Goats on Roof ? Cool !

Goats on Roof ? Cool !

As you enter Coombs BC, there is no doubt of what you just saw. The Old Country Market is famous for their Goats on the Roof, which is located right on the edge of the road, 2326 Alberni Hwy. You can’t miss it!


The market consists of gift shops, restaurants, garden supplies, a farmer’s market, along with buskers!  This is a nice little area to explore and enjoy!

Gotta love it when kids are brave enough to play in public.
Great musical talent by this two young kids, way to go!


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Waking up – surrounded by Nature

Waking up – surrounded by Nature

Waking up to the birds chirping in the background and the sun slowly coming over the tree tops, this was a beautiful morning to open the van’s sliding door. One can’t help but take in the fresh air while being surround by all this greenery.

Welcome to Rosewell Creek Provincial Park!


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Fresh Fish Feast: Feeling Full – Fly Low!

Fresh Fish Feast: Feeling Full – Fly Low!

Eagle on Top, Tourists on Bottom

On the North Eastern Shores of Vancouver Island along Port Hardy’s Waterfront…

It’s hard not to notice a group of 8 bald eagles (adults & juveniles) making a fuss at opposite end the of the waterfront’s walkway. It was quite obvious they weren’t too shy about it either because they attracted the attention of tourists & residents in the area.

It all had to do with one dominant Bald Eagle who was enjoying a Fresh Fish Feast (say that 10 times really fast) and wasn’t about to share until he had his fill.

Most of the photos were taken within 50 – 60 feet of them, which was really cool to see just how big these bird are, including their talons.

One of the juvenile bald eagles stood by, patiently waiting for his turn…

Eventually the dominant eagle took off, but I think he was feeling a little fun and too get any height off the ground…


More photo from this Fish Feast – A Visual Experience


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