Day Five: Canadian Children’s Book Week 2013
This is the fifth installment about my week long tour for TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2013. I toured in northern Saskatchewan. More on the whole idea/background of TD Book Week here. Catch up on: installment one, or maybe installment two, number three, or even number four.
|Good morning North Battleford, SK|
Thursday May 9, 2013
Today it was two library presentations. First up was the public library in town so I didn’t have far to go.
The North Battleford Library lecture hall was such a great space. Okay, at first I was a little intimidated by the thought of the kids looming above me but it worked very well. Two seat sections were filled with kids. (I mentioned in an earlier post that I refrained from photographing kids although I kind of regret that now. But I’m not comfortable putting photos of other peoples’ kids on the internet.)
|The kids’ view|
This was a great group of kids. Thanks to the kids, their teachers, and librarian Linda Peterson for a great visit. From here it was north two hours to Meadow Lake. The scenery changed to be more hilly and more treed.
|The ice wasn’t out yet here|
|Lighthouse overlooking the lake|
|The road in front of me|
|Glaslyn grain elevators|
|A tree outstanding in its field|
|Cows in their field|
|Evergreens and trees!|
The Meadow Lake Library had a great crowd. The kids came from the public school. They sat on cozy rugs in front of me. Some even got the library pillows for extra comfiness. We were in a room surrounded by books as I talked about my books and all the work a writer puts into writing a book. :> Everyone was very enthusiastic. Thanks for a great visit!
After that I had to make for Saskatoon. So it was south from Meadow Lake, a gas and coffee fill up in North Battleford, and back to the area of the Radisson flooding. All traffic was being monitored so I was flagged to stop. They handed me a map. Detour for me. No traffic as small as my car was allowed through going in a SW direction.
I will admit to having a few moments wondering about the detour because there was a lot of water around at the start of the route. Later, at one point I rounded a corner and there was a herd of bison right by the road! They were behind a fence so probably a domesticated herd but still, how cool to see actual bison in the prairies?! There were no shoulders so I couldn’t pull off the road to get a photo. Rats.
|I’m going around the flooding?|
|Some areas of caution on the detour|
|Debris from flooding on the detour|
|Lots of water lying around|
|A crooked house|
|Love the architecture of the church|
|Sun getting lower, almost done driving|
All told the detour added about an hour to the trip. So, just over four hours of driving later I checked back into the Saskatoon Travelodge- – but this time not the room across from the parking lot door. Yay! I was so glad to be out of the car.
Random Memorable Moments
- Seeing a couple huge farm vehicles in the A&W parking lot at breakfast
- The sign that read “Stock at large 5 km” but sadly I never did see wandering cows
- Second fart of the tour successfully ignored :>
- Today’s roadside wildlife sightings went: deer roadkill, dead moose, dead deer, live deer munching grass on the side of the road!, dead deer, two live deer!, moose carcass, dead deer, Molson Canadian beer case, a live deer!**
- Count for Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” on the Satellite Radio: 3
- Count for Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know” on the Satellite Radio: 3
- Count for Macklemore’s “Ceiling Can’t Hold Us” on the Satellite Radio: 7
**I see this here at home too so it wasn’t shocking to me or anything, I just don’t usually see so many large animals at one time. Eg. Today’s roadside wildlife count went: two live wild turkeys!, dead red squirrel, dead gray squirrel, dead chipmunk, about three impossible to identifys, one lucky cat.
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