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Mini vacation to Manitoba

Took a short vacation to visit my spouses family in Manitoba. They live on a reservation out that way. Turns out it is also a wifi and cell dead zone so I was completely out of touch and feeling rather disconnected.

It is about a 10 hour drive from where we live and I only drove for a couple hours of that there, and the same back. So my spouse did a hell of a lot of driving.

 

Both trips I got a lot of visual aura activity from the bright sunlight in my eyes on the road. Even with sunglasses on. Even with my hat on some of the time. Too much sun just makes the auras come out to play. Made the center of my vision pulse and warp like the closing and opening of the petals of a flower made out of white and black light. Vivid against the blue sky and bothersome over the road and cars. I also got vertigo from both trips. I suspect from just too long in a moving car but the little bit of driving likely did not help. On the way there the vertigo lasted all day. It is worse now though. So it might last longer. Even as I type this sitting down it I keep swaying and then get a lurching falling sensation.

We had a hard time finding a hotel down that way because there is just this wee little town by the reservation with a motel and this hotel over a bar. We could not get a hold of the motel. So we went to the hotel. Which was a mistake on our part. Now, on the website, which they have, it says newly renovated rooms with a TV, microwave, coffee pot and fridge. From that you might think it was a little old but fairly basic.

And you would be wrong.

They did renovate the bathroom clearly but could not see anything else done.

  • There was a tiny TV about the size of my computer screen and a large old TV stored in there. Neither of which worked. Obviously the old one wasn’t plugged in, it was just shoved in the only remaining nook in this wee room had. I think it might have been the biggest thing in there, to be honest.
  • No coffee pot, no fridge, and no microwave. So that was some serious false advertising. But I would have been shocked if they had fit them in there, really.
  • The single beds barely fit in there. I mean seriously. Two double beds would not have fit in that space. As it was, one was one way the other another, to sort of stuff them in, and looked like they might fall apart with sort of mismatched blankets tossed on there for good measure. I wondered if anyone very stayed in the place. I think the answer to that might be rarely, if ever. I found out later some of their staff crashed there at times. When we arrived they said the rooms were not clean yet… we arrived in the evening. None of the rooms were clean yet. I wondered if they were cleaning ours because we were There, not because anyone actually maintained them for actual guests. Because I can’t imagine they had any.
  • And sleeping was very difficult. I got a hell of a migraine. Being over a bar it was insanely loud all night long. And you could hear everyone trek up and down the stairs and even talk in the hallway. I got about four hours of restless sleep. This of course is expected for a place over a bar, which we had not known at the time. What we did know, later, was that bar had some issues. We went there and there was basically a flood of water in the woman’s washroom coming from the ceiling. The ceiling was a mess. I guess the owner was trying to fix the place to try and sell it. I don’t know. It looked like it would need more than duct tape and love.

 

Then the next day my spouse’s mother insisted we stay at her place and would have the day before had we a way of contacting her… we did not know at that time how to get to her place and she does not have a phone. It was a bad hotel, but what can I say? Experiences. I mention it because I now have a story of the worst hotel room I ever stayed it. That I think may have never actually been stayed in for actual guests.

The visit itself went very well. I have met only a few people from that side of his family. So lots of people to meet and visit. Although our visit was just short. We could not do much around there though because our timing was very bad. Apparently they were in the middle of a flood due to rainfall. When we had arrived it was during a horrible stormfront that just caused an onslaught of rain. And that lasted for a few days, and had been going on for a bit. Roads were closed. Lakes and rivers overflowing. Basements in the community flooding. Some of the roads in their community started to flood over and buildings surrounded. Had it rained longer we would have been stuck there as it was we had to take a detour out as the road we were supposed to take was closed, and even so road through some submerged areas. We were at the edge of the flood zone and it was quite a bit worse to the south of where we were where a lot of roads were closed.

However, my spouse got to visit his mom and brother and meet a great deal of his relatives out that way. I loved that visit. We met his brother’s girlfriend and children, saw their new house. Saw his mother was doing really well, which was great. Visited with a lot of people, including his aunt.

As you can image the migraines didn’t much like this so I did take more of my triptan than I usually would like to in order to manage them. But doing that did help a bit for sure. And then on our last day when the sun broke out That change caused another wicked migraine, so really no winning there.

Pictures of flooding:

This is heading right into the reserve. There is a bridge with a tiny river you can step over that swelled up into this… actually quite a bit more than I could take a picture of and a foot below the bridge itself. I thought it was a wonderful lake, but nope. The whole reserve is on beautiful land with the houses spread out over it.

 

On the way home this was by the detour we had to take. Our road was closed and then this massive flood lake was on both sides of the road when we had turned north to detour around.

This road is submerged and we had to roll on through. I have a video of us plowing through it. It was actually quite the distance and a large lake there. They had a light system set up so cars on each side had a turn to go through.

https://w.atcontent.com/-/3tTg4Lk6V3p/nikki.albert/7ruKAGb9uJo.text/Panel/Autocheck

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