Yesterday we decided to take a drive to Dauphin Manitoba. It was a bright sunny morning, the forecast wasn't looking too bad, so we hopped in the car and were on our way by 10:30. Its only a 40 minute drive so we got there long before noon.
We were looking for the hardware/lumber store, McMumm and Yates - apparently there is a large one there - our mission was to order a counter top for our island, and hopefully also pick up some finishing wood for the back and sides.
Before I say anything else - just let me say that I really do not like Dauphin. I don't know what it is about that place - but it just doesn't do anything for me.
Well - we drove to where google maps said this store was - and couldn't find it. We should have taken our GPS along - our fault we did not.
So we changed gears and went to Extra Foods (we know where that is) for dog food. That stop for dog food cost us 130.00!
Next stop - Walmart! Mission there was to get a copy of Ufile to do our taxes. Yes - we know you can download it off the Internet - however - our Internet is slow - and so it the old PC we use to do taxes on... hence the stop at Walmart.
The stop for the UFILE software cost us 120.00... and change!
It was past lunch - Gary wanted a DQ burger - Guess what - we couldn't find the DQ! The Internet says they have one - we couldn't seem to find it!
The golden arches were right there - so we pulled in there for the first time in over 7 months! Say no more!
Gary was getting a headache - so I took the wheel for the ride home. We hadn't even gone a mile and we hit snow-packed roads from heavy ground drifting, and side winds that just about blew us off the road. It looked like that was going to be the conditions most of the ride home.
We drove through the stretch of road where silver birch trees are all one can see for miles - I break out into a grade- school song I remember from my youth... "Land of the Silver Birch - Home of the Beaver"...
.... and then we were at Ste. Rose Du Lac!
The roads are dry, the wind is gone - my right foot goes down - and we are sailing home!
My spirits lifted, my dissatisfaction with our outing disappeared as we got closer to home. We passed the lone pine tree in the middle of the field that tells me Laurier is the next town on the right...
Cheerio, Laurier - you great, wonderful little Hamlet, you!
And then I see our tower - our grain elevator - and I am so happy I could sing once again! "Take me home, country roads... to the place.... that I love!
Horn tootin - hand waving, wonderful home town of mine!
WE ARE HOME!