Prairie Home


Yesterday we traveled the last of rocky northern Ontario, trundling down tree-covered slopes into the wide, snowy spread of the prairies. It was a bit of a shock: like walking into an unexpected room.

The perimeter highway led us up around the top of Winnipeg – the city’s downtown buildings only shadows in the far distance – and we popped onto Hwy. 6, the long, straight two-lane road that leads to The Pas.

There’s not a lot on this road, a fact we discovered last October when we came out here on our exploratory mission, but in winter that fact is even more obvious. I said to J., it’s like driving north to Blind River (my hometown) but even more remote. The closer we get to our new home, the more freaky the fact of this big move. Our mission to Mars, J. calls it.

Around 5 p.m. (4 o’clock back home), we stopped at the Interlake Motel in Ashern, Manitoba, about a third of the way up Lake Manitoba and watched the first episode of Star Trek: Next Generation on Netflix with dinner from the Petro-Canada Restaurant across the road.

Snow had started and when we checked the weather, saw that ten to 15 centimeters were expected in The Pas. Hopefully this morning the snowploughs have been out and all is clear as we begin the final stretch of what’s been an epic journey with a lot of good luck.

4 Responses to Prairie Home

  1. carey carter January 2, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    I love reading your words….it’s almost like I am there….almost, LOL. Epic and safe journey it has been and will continue to be. Miss you xo

    • writerspice
      writerspice January 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

      Ahhh… Miss you too big sis.

  2. Deepam January 2, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    Looks like a journey to the moon. Annie Dillard claims that a writer should not have a room with a view. Perhaps your new landscape won’t distract you from accessing and maintaining contact with your creative genius. All the best in your new life.

    • writerspice
      writerspice January 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

      I recall hearing Wayne Johnston (author of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, one of my faves) talk about his writing room – a drab, windowless room in his basement. I’ve decided to choose the room in our new house with the smallest window, in the hopes that I won’t look outside too often and get distracted. We shall see!!! Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

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