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Outlook, SK (or as Peter calls it “Look Out!”)

on September 26, 2012

I don’t know how many of you have ever been to Saskatchewan  (again – Sas-KATCH-ewan, not Saska-CHEW-an), but Peter told me years ago that we  would never, ever go. Not even to cross it off “the list”.

This is  because his grandparents were from there, and they had had to drive that long, straight, road, back and forth, back and forth, year after year, to visit. And, while I’m  completely entertained by long straight stretches with nothing in them but grass and the occasional cloud, it’s probably much more boring to 3 little boys, trapped in the car.

But then! Friends moved there – and not to the thriving metropolis of Saskatoon, but to a little town an hour or so south, called Outlook (Google map). So, despite the “never, ever going”, we’ve been there now – let  me see – this time was our third time! (once to Saskatoon, and twice, so far, to  Outlook.)

Outlook is a comfortable, friendly little town, where  they keep a list beside the till at the local grocery store so you can sign up  to attend the latest wedding shower, of the latest someone that everyone knows!

Instead of car dealerships, mainstreet is packed with farm  equipment dealerships, and it’s not unusual to share the road with (or more  accurately – to be run off the road by) massive combiner or the machines that  haul the irrigation sprinklers…

It’s ok, though, to be run off the road in Saskatchewan.  Except for the rolling hills, here and there, it’s completely and totally flat.  (Apparently, the highest point in Saskatchewan is 1467 feet and the lowest is  699 feet…)

THIS is a picture of (or was it from?) one of the highest points in  Saskatchewan.

Really! I’m not kidding!

 

There’s lots to see and do in Outlook and we actually ran  out of time, but one of the things is walking the Skytrail Bridge. It’s an old  railway bridge, converted to a pedestrian bridge, that goes over the South Saskatchewan River, and is over ½ mile long.

The River is a beautiful, lazy (at least at this point)  river, and the weirdest thing about it is that it’s running North – my brain  really wanted it to be running South and had a hard time wrapping itself around the northern flow.

It turns out that “Saskatchewan” is  taken from a Cree word for “Swift Flowing River”… I don’t get it – I guess  there’s probably rapids somewhere…? (Probably someone who’s been there more  than 3 times, or someone who lives there, could answer that…?)

Below the bridge is a nice, full  hook-up campground with a public pool, at the Outlook & District Regional  Park (just in case you decide to visit and don’t know anyone).

And, if all of that doesn’t entice  you, THERE ARE FIREFLIES!!!

(See you Sunday – we’ll be enroute to North Dakota.)  

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6 responses to “Outlook, SK (or as Peter calls it “Look Out!”)

  1. Melissa says:

    So, it makes sense then that Saskatchewan folk avoid hill races 🙂

  2. Jennifer says:

    Described perfectly Rachel. We also have a movie theate and bowling in the winter. If they have the opportunity to visit the Corsar’s there is hay bale jumping and skating on the outdoor rink in the winter.

    • 4mygypsysoul says:

      Love this! I have some questions about Winter Bowling – my second thought (which must be the real explanation) is that everyone is busy doing outdoor things in summer, so bowling is closed… but my first thought was: Is it outdoor bowling? maybe on the river when it freezes over? Like…lawn bowling…but on ice…? (Also! am looking forward to hay bale jumping!!)

  3. Shannan says:

    Did you walk the bridge?

    • 4mygypsysoul says:

      Yes we did! It was really hot out and we were grateful to have drinking water with us. Also, we had to carry Daisy part of the way! The picture is taken from the “other side” actually.

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