On the evening of Thursday, 26 July 2001, Scott
Warner, Kelly Wood and I flew to Winnipeg, Manitoba to spend a few days
at Grand Beach. Scott's parents, Keith and Marian Warner, were kind
enough to pick us up from the airport and take us to their summer cottage
in Grand Marais, a small village just south of Grand Beach.
Rain kept us mostly indoors on Friday,
but we managed to visit Ron (Keith's brother) and Dawn Warner's new cabin
as well as play "Yahtzee!" with the Warners and a few friends of theirs.
That night, Kelly and I had a nice walk around Grand Marais, and we ended
it with a visit to Lanky's (a local favourite hot dog/ice cream stand famous
for its two-foot long hot dogs) to get some ice cream.
Scott, Kelly and I managed to get to the beach
on Saturday and enjoy a few hours of sunbathing and frolicking in the waters
of Lake Winnipeg. That evening, Marian's brother, Bill Fawcett, who
also has a cottage nearby, joined us for a delicious barbecued chicken
dinner. Afterwards, Scott, Kelly and I went to a nearby mini-putt
course to play a round of mini-golf. The swarms of mosquitoes and
a crooked putter didn't help my cause. A second visit to Lanky's
for ice cream did much to make me forget about my itchy mosquito bites,
but my golf game was already forgettable as it was.
Ron and Dawn Warner's New Cabin at
Clockwise From Far Left: Randy,
Margaret, Marian, Dawn, Ron, Scott, Mina ( the dog), Keith, and Kelly.
Although our return to Calgary on Sunday was
somewhat of an ordeal (Kelly and Scott had to wait at the Winnipeg Airport
for about six hours before getting on a flight), I was pleased to visit
Grand Beach again after a long hiatus (I hadn't been there since August
Keith and Marian Warner's Cabin in
This is the view of Lake Winnipeg
from the road out front of the cabin.
Kelly uses her putter to swat mosquitoes.