Venturetour 2006 – Week 2

We covered a lot of distance this week, basically from Manitoba clear across Northern Ontario to our families in the Southwestern part of the province, about 1500 kilometers altogether.

Besides a flat tire outside of Winnipeg (actually a hole in the valvestem delaying us only a few hours), we had no van problems whatsoever. We have worked out a good routine (as routine as is possible in these circumstances) with Willow. She tends to nap for 1-2 hours around noon so most of our road travel is in the middle of the day with a playground break once or twice (as needed).

Besides the trip home, this week will probably be the most continuous driving we do. We will spend week 3 in the Ontario area visiting family and friends (and taking care of a bit of business), then move on to Ottawa, Quebec and points east. Hope you enjoy the images.

Regarding last weeks mystery shots, surprisingly no one actually guessed correctly. Here are the answers:


The small tents are actually temporary protective enclosures for honeybees which are moved onto fields as needed for polenization.


These are Filmstrip Canisters mounted in a display board. For those of you too young to remember, filmstrips were like slides but not seperated. They were loaded into a projector and used for classroom shows before videos etc.


Map – Day 5



Canoe anyone? (Riding Mountain National Park MAN)


Map – Day 6


Signposts at Youth Hostel


Map – Day 7


Terry Fox Memorial outside Thunder Bay. A surprisingly moving tribute to an amazing man.


Map – Day 8


Agawa Bay, Lake Superior Provincial Park


Lake Superior Provincial Park’s new 8 million dollar interprative center


Map – Day 9


Gitchee Goomee at Wawa


Map – Day 10/11




Ferry between Manitoulin Island and Tobermory ON



Shipwreck “Sweepstakes” in Big Tub Harbour, Tobermory


Shipwreck “City of Grand Rapids” Big Tub Harbour, Tobermory




Incredibly clear azure waters of Georgian Bay



Flowerpot Island near Tobermory


Map – Day 12


An unfortunate reality in Lake Huron (near Kincardine ON)


No mystery photos this week, instead I’ll leave you with an appropriate sunset at Wasagaming in Riding Mountain National Park Manitoba.


  1. Anonymous
    September 11th, 2006 | 6:55 am

    Hi Penny, Scott and Little Willow:

    Beautiful scenes. I can’t get over how you can take photographs of almost anything and make them of interest, for instance the canoes and the mystery shots. Also the explanations are awsome. You both notice things, I would never think about for photography. Keep them coming. It’s almost like I’m there with all of you.
    Love Your MOM

  2. olaf
    September 11th, 2006 | 8:48 am

    Awesome sunset photo Scott (or was it Penny). Enjoying your trip. Reminds me of my cycle across that area way back in ’82’. Sam, Dad, and l just came back from a five day hike at Nigel Pass and beyond( close to Colombia Icefield. l was somewhat worried as to how the photos would turn out as the weather was extreamly bright, no clouds at all. But l am quite pleased with them. Enjoy your trip, l’m sure you will. Thanks for making the effort to keep us part of your veuture. olaf

  3. EdnaWise
    September 13th, 2006 | 2:31 pm

    Hi Scott and Penny and Willow – enjoyed all the pictures, the sunsets are truly gorgeous. You two are great organizers of road trips that’s all I can say for you to have travelled so many miles and seen so many places and sights, and with an infant to boot with only one hitch, the flat tire. Jolly good show!

    Love to you three

  4. September 14th, 2006 | 5:44 pm

    Howdy! Thanks for sharing your trip via these pics. Amazing shipwreck photos. Liked the sunset. I found the Terry Fox Memorial pic very moving also. The way it is lit up I think is what does it. Fantastic statue. Maybe coz I’m listening to ENYA’s Amarantine c.d. I noticed there is a town on the Manitoba map named Amaranth. Meaning of Amaranth: An unfading flower. Origin: Greek; Gender: Girl.

    Love you all,


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