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La Ronge, Saskatchewan


Back in the day, we used to make a yearly trip to Lac La Ronge in Northern Saskatchewan.  The purpose of the trip was to spend some great times with great friends aboard a houseboat that one of them owned.  La Ronge is wonderful in that it is a big lake with hundreds of islands and is secluded enough that chances are good that you will not see another person for the time you are out there.  And the fishing is terrific.

The Houseboat

The Houseboat

The boat couldn’t sleep everyone, so we would find a spot on Bear Island (our favourite) and pitch a bunch of tents.  We would use the spot as a base of operations for the time we were up there.  Speaking of bears, there are definitely bears on Bear Island.  If you squint real hard, you can see the bear that destroyed our tent as it runs off into the forest.  Needless to say, we did not spend the night on the island this time.  The tents were struck and we moved on.  Unfortunately we had to rename the next island Mosquito Island.  A pretty miserable night, thank heaven for beer.

La Ronge - The Bear

La Ronge – The Bear

The next shot is Rapid River. This very short river connects Lac La Ronge to Hale Lake.  The significance is that the people who owned the boat are Hale’s.  The back story is that lakes in Northern Saskatchewan are named in the memory of soldiers who died in Canada’s wars.  All of them have a plaque noting who the lake is named for. This lake is named after their uncle, who was an airman in WW2.  He died in the Netherlands.

Rapid River

Rapid River

All in all, a beautiful place to go, full of memories, none bad.

 

 

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My Reasons to Travel….As Often As Possible – Number 5 – The Sights


You wake up in the morning, open the shutters and look out on this……

Mt Vesuvius Across The Bay Of Naples

or you roll over and think to yourself, what shall I do today, maybe this..

Eiffel Tower in Paris

or maybe this…

The Rockies in Montana, USA

These are pictures, which, if you never go, is as close as you will get.  You can only get so much out of a picture, but, you can’t smell the Mediterranean Sea from your window, you can’t see an 800 ft steel structure twinkle like a Christmas tree as the Eiffel Tower does at night and the picture of Montana above is absolutely nothing compared to actually standing there, impressed enough to take a picture that you know won’t be even close to the real thing.  Yes, you say, but who can afford it (I will speak to that in my next post).  To that statement I say, look out your back door.  I don’t care where you live, you are only a few hours away from a whole bunch of amazing things to see and do.

When we first moved to Saskatchewan, we had an involuntary shudder.  What on earth is there to do there.  Surprise, within hours of our front door, we golfed some amazing golf courses, house-boating on Lac La Ronge, boating and hiking to Grey Owl‘s cabin in Prince Albert National Park, super-sliding down sand hills near Sceptre, Saskatchewan and lots of other things to numerous to mention.  All in all, it was you make of what you have.  The biggest issue most of us have is to stop watching The Travel Network, getting up off the couch, and doing it.  Be a travel show instead of watching a travel show.

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