We heard about the Comfort Bakery in Vermilion Bay was an amazing place for good coffee and tasty lunch. It was 2 p.m. and we are now hungry, frazzled and looking for some mojo and food. "There it is, on the right" I pointed. Only to find snow banks piled up at the front door. The parking lot was in hibernation til spring. The sign said CLOSED. Not funny.....
Treats from the cooler. Cold Spanakopita was the lunch special. Tasty, but cold and no coffee. Could be worse. (lunch could have been frozen solid)
Freezing rain welcomed us in Manitoba as the temperature rose to a bomby -3c. It was touch and go for a while. Great driving Bob. The adrenalin was rushing through my body. Bob kept seemingly calm. The afternoon was much better as the roads were wet and bare.
|Trans Canada, Manitoba|
Good morning to more snow! Blizzard would be a better choice of words. An Alberta Clipper. (sounds like a prairie land yacht) Since I have no idea how this storm front is named, here is the Wikopedia explanation:
An Alberta clipper (also known as a Canadian Clipper) is a fast moving low pressure area which generally affects the central provinces of Canada and parts of the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions of the United States. Most clippers occur between December and February, but can also occur occasionally in the month of November. Alberta clippers take their name from Alberta, Canada, the province from which they appear to descend, and from clipper ships of the 19th century, one of the fastest ships of that time.
|Sorry, Too nasty to get out and take photographs|
The thermometer took a quick dive to -23 as we frantically loaded our Jeep for day two. NASTY, ugly and "where did the road go?" as we limped our way out of Steinbach onto the Trans Canada Highway. Bob could feel his eyeballs freeze as he stepped out of the Jeep to gas up. Wind chill of -37 we are told. A dry cold they say. I say "Frigid"
We crossed the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border after lunch. They say "sunny Saskatchewan" for a reason.
|Sunny Saskatchewan, Who'da guessed?|
One hour time change as we drive chasing the sun, we gained an hour of sunlight. Our destination for day 2 was successful: Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
A hot shower, early bedtime and day three we will see Calgary in time for dinner with our good friends Stan and Liz. Hugs first, as it has been two years since we saw Stan and three years for Liz.