Max and I spent the morning wandering around a part of Moose Jaw that found me a bit emotional at times, places where my father had been as a high school student. The city is seeing a lot of construction this summer. It looks like they are replacing a lot of pipe on the residential streets, but I was able to walk most places. Another hot and sunny day!
First, I headed for Moose Jaw Tech, now called Peacock Collegiate. I thought about Dad and his sports, shop, choral and political activities as I made way around the lot.
I love the warmth of the brick and can only imagine the stories those beautiful walls would tell, given the chance. The first thing I did was walk around the track; this, after deciding not to sneak in one of the doors propped open by summer a summer work team.
Not far from the school and back on Main Street, was Zion United Church. This is an amazing piece of architecture and I imagine that the songs and performances of many years are contained there, still, absorbed by the granite foundation and powerful structure.
The next stop was Dad’s former home, 562 Ominica Street. I looked at the trees and even the stump that remained from a former tree. I wondered what it would have been like with my relations, so young, living in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
Other places that I was drawn to photograph included some of the wall murals related to the soft ball teams and St. Andrew’s United Church…after this, Max and I were on our way to Winnipeg! (Had we not had a time change, I was going to be heading north to Margaret Laurence’s home, Neepawa, Manitoba…but it will wait for the East-West Migration!)
I followed signs and turned off the highway, just before entering onto the ring road to the Motor 6 Hotel, just short of Assiniboia Downs. While making it impossible for a Angela-Rylan visit, it was such a dog-friendly and economical venue. I was super happy with the decision. Max and I bunkered down and I consumed my second dinner of Italian meats on bunwiches with hot pickles and cheeses and my token glass of wine. The furnishings included a small banquet, also perfect for painting.
For my Purdy Postcard of the trip, I chose a few lines that were just perfect for the highway hotel…also, I felt such gratitude for the many miles of activated sky and the changing shrub vegetation. Nothing is more wonderful than watching the landscape evolve on a long cross country drive!