Grain Mills and Big Skies

This morning Nigel and I woke up to overcast skies again but this time it looked like things would clear up a little. After breakfast we packed up and checked out of the hotel – it was time to take our scenic tour from Swift Current to Regina. Our first stop was a lovely red grain mill in Ponteix.

Red Grain Elevator

Red Grain Elevator

Just after this the skies started clearing and we were introduced to amazing blue skies. In Patterson we stopped at a white grain mill to photograph it against the clear blue sky. You may have noticed that the grain mills all have train tracks that allow trains to pull up to the mill for easier distribution.

Patterson Grain Elevator

Patterson Grain Elevator

As we drove the backroads Saskatchewan’s famous sky was presented to us in all its glory.

Saskatchewan Skies

Saskatchewan Skies

I do look forward to getting back here one day soon but I think this time it may have to be in slightly warmer temps, say, 20ºC or more? 

Cape Breton Island

Leaving the comfort of our hotel after breakfast we followed the coast going clockwise around the island from Auld’s Cove before ending in Ingonish. A full day on the island of exploring and photographing – what more could you ask for? 

After making a quick pitstop to visit a friend of Nigel’s we drove to Cheticamp, a small island on the north-west side of Cape Breton. Cheitcamp is small enough to drive from end to end in about 20 minutes at very slow speeds. The gravel roads and the road blocks – aka a herd of cows, were the reason for the slow speed. We stumbled across a fishing area with sheds, boats, lobster traps,etc.

Fishing Sheds

Fishing Sheds

Leaving Cheticamp we discovered a small parking area along the rocky shoreline. Everywhere you looked along this strip of beach were piles of rocks deliberately built into small cairns and even a few inukshuks.

Stacked

Stacked

The best part of the drive were the windy roads.

Cheticamp

Cheticamp

Cabot Trail

Cabot Trail

I’m in love with Cape Breton and will be back again to explore her for longer. Tomorrow however, its time to leave on the ferry for Newfoundland. My other favourite province here on the eastern shores.

Snow Arrived!

Up until today snow has been essentially nonexistent in the area. While visiting my friends up north the flakes started flying and by the time I headed home the next morning we had snow.

Snowy Drive Home

Snowy Drive Home

I stopped to take this photo along the road before heading home for some hot chocolate.