Friday, 21 July 2017

Wingard Ferry, July 15, 2017

I get a few dumb road trip ideas in my head then I get fixated on trying to pull them off. I have taken every ferry crossing in Alberta. Then I got to thinking that Saskatchewan has ferries and maybe I can take every ferry crossing there. I am not counting the Wollaston one as it is a barge, not a ferry, and you have to pay to cross. I like things to be free. Last year I took the Estuary Ferry, the Lemsford Ferry, the Lancer Ferry, and the Riverhurst Ferry all in southern Saskatchewan. I had taken the Paynton Ferry earlier this summer.

The weather this summer has been fantastic. I had looked at the weekend forecast and decided I would go for it. Saturday July 15, 2017 I ventured east from Edmonton in my quest to see how many ferry crossings I could make in one day.

Not one of my better ideas. It took me over four hours to get to the first one. It stayed hot and sunny with hardly a cloud in the sky. I managed to take the Wingard Ferry, St. Laurent Ferry, Fenton Ferry, Weldon Ferry, Cecil Ferry, and the Hague Ferry in that order. Saskatchewan ferries tend to be very rural with a fair amount of travel on gravel roads. Getting from one ferry to another was very time consuming. After I crossed the last one I had an odd sense of accomplishment. I had crossed every ferry in Saskatchewan.

Then I realized I missed one: The Clarkboro Ferry. There was not enough time to squeeze that one in so I will have to go back. So I am eleven for twelve.

The Wingard Ferry crossing the North Saskatchewan River was first established by Danish setter Nels Petersen in 1895 who was granted permission by the government at the time and was taken over by the provincial government in 1905. All ferries were taken over by the government in 1905. It is a short ferry ride. It was about 30km over dusty gravel road to get there. The ferry operator was unfriendly. He did not say one word. No matter. I was on a ferry in rural Saskatchewan and enjoying every minute of it.

As I arrived a farmer was just getting off the ferry.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

St. Wolodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Church

This spot was unique. This church and cemetery is truly remote. It is west of Cappon, Alberta and there really is not much at Cappon, Alberta. I noticed this on a county map and thought I would see it in person if I was ever in the area. I happened to be in the area on July 16, 2017.

This is not one of the regular range roads. The church is a distant spec on the horizon just on the right of this road. This view is due north.

This is the church.

I found out the church was covered in metal to protect it some years ago. I could not find anyone who could tell me if it was still in use.

This sign is up against the side of the church. This is unique since you see a lot, and I mean a lot, of eastern European churches in the northern part of Alberta. You do not see many in southern Alberta.

What amazed me is that the cemetery has some recent headstones. I did not cross the fence onto the church grounds. I could see in the distance that a few of the markers were newer. It is a small cemetery. There is absolutely nothing nearby except open prairie in all directions.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A post on bloggers

A few bloggers I have read have stopped blogging or disappeared. It is one of those minor mysteries where you wonder what may have happened to them. On a certain level you feel that you start to get to know some of them.

I have corresponded with some. A few I have met. I have plans to meet a few more, it is a matter of pulling it off. There are some that I would like to meet.

To those who I read on a daily basis I look forward to your posts.

Prairie flower

Spotted while trying to find my way back to a highway after many miles of gravel road north of Buffalo, Alberta.

Post office marker

In the middle of nowhere southwest of Oyen, Alberta. I am probably one of the few people that like finding these.