Winnipeg mark 2

Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The last time we wrote we were going to try to hit the museum again (Not literally!) and go to the Art Gallery. We managed the Gallery on the Wednesday but unfortunatle we were turned away from the museum cos we got there at 3 and it closes at 4 so they didn't want to admit us! Don't think we're destined to see the museum!!! Anyway the Gallery was fun. We got to see lots of paintings and sculptures and models by various different artists relating to the Earth and the past life of humans. Some of it was very interesting and some of it was really quite bizarre. I guess not all art appeals to all people!
Thursday was spent shopping and then with Ali having a full body massage as an early birthday present! And no, not from Ed!!! This was a professional one done by Erica's friend. It was very good too! It made me very relaxed which was pretty good! I think everyone should have one, although I do suggest having someone nearer to home do it for you!!!
Friday was a sort out day where we spent our time on the internet booking hostels, flights, car hire for the next part of our trip. Get this - we have booked an RV (motorhome) to drive down the west coast of America in! How exciting is that going to be?!!! We pick it up at the end of September and we are both very excited about it! Oh, can't believe I nearly forgot (sorry Hannah!) we went to good old Tim Hortons for a coffee and a danish! You're right Han, it was amazing! And Ali isn't even a fan of coffee but we think she might be now!!!
On Saturday we went over to Spirit Sands which is about a 2 hour drive from Winnipeg. It is a gorgeous park covered with sand dunes and with lots of wildlife, including snakes and spiders - we saw several which were all very scary looking! Some children decided to pick up one of the snakes so Ali felt very embarrassed that she wouldn't touch it! We walked for a couple of hours around one of the trails through the sand dunes, climbing up them and falling down the other side! It was lots of fun - we all got covered in sand! We went to Erica's friends house for dinner on Saturday - it was amazing. She is a very good cook! Dessert was the best - chocolate covered fruit! Healthy yet naughty - we like it!!!
On Sunday we met up with another of Erica's friends and we went down to "The Forks" - the area where the Red River meets the Assiniboine River. We took a boat tour led by Captain Riley - a boy of around 5 who was very good at steering and driving the boat! We learned a fair bit about the history of the two rivers and also a bit about Winnipeg itself. It was a very relaxing trip - we could have done it again!!! We also had gilati for the first time that day. That is ice cream made with milk instead of cream and was delicious! We're sure Erica is trying to send us home fat!!!!
On Monday we drove to a place called Pine Point, which is a nature park and wooded area with lots of walking trails. We went for another lengthy walk (aren't we healthy!!!), making sure that Ed went at the front on snake guard as the couple that jumped out, or wriggled out!, at us were particularly scary! I have never seen so many snakes before! We also went to an area with lots of Petroforms. These are big stones that have been laid in the shape of animals or objects and are considered very sacred. We couldn't make out what some of them were but they were pretty cool anyway! We were very tired when we got home as we had walked most of the day so we ate and then went straight to bed.
Today we actually got to go to the museum! We made it early enough to have a good wander around and see as much as possible. It is a really good museum and we enjoyed it a lot. We got to go on a really old ship and see what life would have been like living on it. We also got to see lots of really old shops and were able to have a look inside and see how they would have been laid out. There was so much to see and do it was amazing. There were lots of life like displays rather than just pictures which made the whole experience so much more fun. We were both glad we finally got there!!! Tonight we are going out for dinner with Erica and Elmer as a last meal. We fly to Calgary first thing tomorrow and so have to be up at some ungodly hour. We are excited about the next stage of the trip but we are going to miss Erica and Elmer and civilised living! Thanks guys - you have been fantastic!!!
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