Saturday 18th May 2019
It is now two weeks since we left home so we are a quarter of the way through our trip. In some ways the time has flown, conversely, it seems ages since we left home! It has been two weeks of varied and rich experience, some quite unexpected (like discovering there were bears around where we were camping): “Travelling is about finding things that you never knew you were looking for” Anon
When we got to Red Rock yesterday, we slept in a beautiful heritage building, the Red Rock Inn, jacuzzi bath and all; we enclose some photos of the Inn here in this blog, just to prove that we don’t always slum it and are not entirely crazy souls! Only now and again!
The journey from White River to Red Rock around the Northern Shore of Lake Superior is one of outstanding beauty. We have found it difficult to select just a few photos from the many we took on the journey: a journey of lakes, rivers, waterfalls and pristine forest. We had good weather too. Canada is getting a little warmer each day!
Red Rock, population 1,100, is
yet another township that only exists due to the building of the Canadian Pacific Railroad in the 19th
Century. During the Second World War a prisoner of war camp was established here, on the green in front of the Red Rock Inn. Many Germans came back to Red Rock after the war, to work in the timber mill and enjoy a better life than they could have found in Germany at that time.
There are bears in Red Rock too, although we haven’t seen any yet. The neighbours across the street had a mother and two cubs in their garden two days before we got here, a bit inconvenient because it was at the time their kids were trying to get on the school bus! They managed it OK. Donny, who owns the Inn, has some stunning photos of a lynx on the terrace when the snow was thick a month ago. Amazing!
Donny is quite a character, pretty eccentric, a great welcoming host, who loves rock music. He has all the gear, huge amps, microphones, stage lights, mixers etc. for travelling musicians to play there when passing and many have done so. Sadly, none turned up last
night, however Donny put a great DVD on his giant cinema-sized screen: “Rocktopia: live in Budapest”. Brilliant! A fusion of classical music and classical rock. Check it out! We want to buy it!
Today we drove from Red Rock to Thunder Bay, hoping to visit the Fort William Heritage Live Museum which was advertised as opening in “mid-May” but isn’t open yet. Fort William, another old settlement from the railway-building era has been swallowed up by Thunder Bay, a pretty ugly town. John’s Great-Aunt Alice lived here most of her life; married to a railroad worker in Fort William, she visited England when John was about twelve years old, but although he remembers her well enough (he also has a photograph with her) he knows little of her history. He remembers her talking about being snowed in for months at a time. They have very harsh winters here! Apart from this, there is nothing much to say about Thunder Bay. A pretty dull town but somewhere to sleep. Tomorrow we shall press on travelling west!
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