By now you know my story: July 2009, 8000 km road trip, 3 generations, 1 van. Crazy? Yes. Lomographically limited? In no way whatsoever! I took along 10 cameras and 40 rolls of film. We passed through 10 American states and 3 Canadian provinces, and enjoyed the open skies of Saskatchewan...but only for as long as absolutely necessary.
By now you know my story: July 2009, 8000 km road trip, 3 generations, 1 van. Crazy? Yes. Lomographically limited? In no way whatsoever! I took along 10 cameras and 40 rolls of film. We passed through 10 American states and 3 Canadian provinces, and enjoyed the open skies of Saskatchewan…but only for as long as absolutely necessary.
It was the beginning of the second last day of our trip and we were entering the second last province that we had to traverse. Saskatchewan. If you live anywhere that there are other people (like Europe, the coastal US, or Southeast Asia) you should experience Saskatchewan sometime. I’ve experienced my share, thank you very much, but everyone else really should check it out. Saskatchewan has an area of almost six-hundred thousand square kilometres yet a population of barely over 1 million. Of these, over 400,000 live in two cities. The rest are spread far and wide.
When you enter Saskatchewan from the east on Highway #1, the first building you see is the Tourist Information Centre. The little building is meant for tourists who need some information about what to do and where to stay while visiting the province, but I gather most people are simply stopping to stretch their legs and go to the restroom after having driven forever. The info centre also sells t-shirts that say “Saskatchewan: Hard to Spell, Easy to Draw.” The borders of the province are basically four straight lines. Get it?
There seems to be a lot of mottos for this vast province, I’m not sure which are official, and which just sound so good that people keep saying them out loud. There’s “Land of the Living Skies” which makes a lot of sense; the skies are blue and immense here. But the huge sign on the service road says " Saskatchewan, Naturally" which also makes sense; there’s not much here but nature…yellow fields and trees. But my favorite is “Saskatchewan: where you can watch your dog run away for days.” OK, that last one’s not on a sign, and you probably shouldn’t say it around anyone who actually lives there, but man, this place is SO flat. Seriously, I don’t know if there are straighter, flatter roads anywhere.
Two additional notes: there are no pets allowed (not for all of Saskatchewan, just in the building) and if you sign the guestbook you get a free road map (which comes in handy if you’re going anywhere other than the two cities). I didn’t need the map, we were driving straight through. :)
It was really hot this day, and one of my Holgas fell apart – when you look at the pictures you’ll be able to tell right away what I’m talking about…
If you get to Fleming, you’ve gone a few kilometers too far.