A Day In The Life Of Scott

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Finally back on the radar

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Good evening everyone! I am happy to report that I am back on the radar so far as keep up with my blog is concerned. In even better news, I am also back in a classroom where I belong.

Two weeks ago James and I left Newfoundland and drove for 7 days across Canada. It was a long drive, but it was well worth the journey. We got to see and experience a sample of life in every province from Newfoundland to Saskatchewan. Stopping at motels along the way, and tasting the food from little diners along the TransCanada Highway was worth it. The trip went a little bit like this.

Day 1

We finished loading up the U-Haul that morning, then we left Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland at 15:00 h to connect with the Marine Atlantic Ferry at 23:45 h that night. The weather was nice when we left town, but it then it poured down rain as we approached Port aux Basques. The crossing was a little bit bumpy but was eased by the fact that we landed a cabin to sleep in for the night. Of the 5 crossings we made all summer that was the first time we managed to score a cabin by being on the waiting list. I seriously think that Marine Atlantic should have given me a “frequent floater” discount after all the crossings I made this summer.

Day 2

Arrived in North Sydney, Nova Scotia around 07:30 h. Stopping only to refuel, we landed in Centre Rawdon, NS for some of mom’s awesome lasagna. Since there was no huge rush, we stuck around Rawdon for a few hours to have a shower and enjoy the company of my family. After supper we loaded up the dog into the front of the U-Haul and headed back on the highway. We stopped for the night just outside of Fredericton, New Brunswick at a quaint little motel.

Day 3

We left the motel around 09:00 h and proceeded to drive towards Quebec. There was just one small problem, an hour later James discovered that he did not have his pills in the truck. We searched high and low, only to call the motel and find out he left them on the table. Being only one hour, I turned around and we went back to get them. I told him, he was lucky, if we were in Quebec, he would have been up the creek without a paddle. We stopped for the evening just outside of Montreal so that I could tackle the city in daylight.

Day 4

We had a quick breakfast at Villeroy, Quebec before heading to Montreal. Only one minor mishap as we ended up in the wrong lane. Fortunately the GPS redirected us onto the right highway. I thought I did pretty well all things considered; I was only driving around the city for about half an hour. Other than being stuck in a lot of construction en route to Ontario we made pretty good time, stopping in Rouyn-Naranda, Que for the night. During our two days in Quebec James even got to practice a little bit of French – not that it was that good, he relied on me to order his meals.

Day 5

This day was pretty uneventful. We drove out of Quebec into Ontario. We were taking the Northern TransCanada Highway, so it was pretty boring. Lots of trees and that was pretty much all we looked at for hours – trees and road. Finally after about ten hours of driving we stopped at a motel in the small reservation town of Longlac, Ontario. The area was so remote, that even the town had no cell phone reception. That aside, however, some of the friendliest people we met along the journey were in this little town.

Day 6

This was also a relatively boring day of driving, as we left Longlac and headed toward Thunder Bay. We stopped for supper at a Buster’s Barbeque at Vermillion Bay, Ontario. After supper were drove through Kenora before stopping at a quaint little motel.

Day 7

This was, honestly, just a long day of driving after we left Kenora. We drove across Manitoba and into Saskatchewan. Since we could not move into the house until Sunday afternoon, we took one last motel at Foam Lake, Sk, calling it an early night so that we would have perfect timing getting to Cut Knife.

Day 8

A relatively short day, taking only 4 or 5 hours to get from Foam Lake to Cut Knife.

We are slowly getting settled into the new home and the new school. James is quickly making some new friends.

School is great, and slowly but surely I am getting students’ names and my bearings in the courses that I am 100% familiar with. Luckily the courses have pretty much the same content as Newfoundland courses, just in a different order.

 

Well, I am exhausted, so I am going to call it a night. Cheers.

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Author: Scott Oosterom

I live in Cut Knife, Saskatchewan, Canada. I teach high school math/ science at Chief Little Pine School in Little Pine, Sk.

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