By the time I awoke in Moose Jaw at 8:00 the next morning, Frank was nowhere to be seen. It didn’t take long to figure out where he had wandered off to. Besides, what harm could he do?


On the brighter side, the coffee was hot, and thankfully enough, the camper still had a morning coolness about it. All was well except for the explosion of coffee grinds from my pretty new blue enamel percolator all over the sink and counter top.

I really hate it when that happens.

After cleaning that up it was approaching 9:00 a.m. I was on my second cup of coffee when I could hear the rattle of a full shopping cart approaching.

Sure enough, it was Frank and he had the look of “Mission Accomplished” all over his face.”

I looked into the bags as he lifted them into the camper:

Bottled water

Bathroom tissue

Melitta coffee maker

Paper towels

Car battery

Okay, so we’re installing another battery, which is a good thing and hopefully it will solve the problem of the power loss.

“What happened to the coffee pot?” I asked.

“Grinds were too fine.”

“Buy courser grounds…”

“Not possible unless you go to Starbucks.”

Oh well… I was looking forward to seeing my blue speckled enamel coffee pot every morning but I guess sacrifices have to be made when you’re roughing it like we are.

After Frank did a quick battery installation, we had a bowl of cereal then started packing up our gear.

Once everything was stowed we exited Camp Walmart and I didn’t look back. I don’t think I’ll ever get to enjoy boon-docking in parking lots. Yes, it’s free and convenient but I just don’t like the idea of hanging out amidst asphalt and fumes.

Call me silly.

Of course, we could not leave Moose Jaw without paying homage to “Mac The Moose” the world’s second largest moose statue. He is the most photographed roadside attraction in Canada.

Yay Wally!

As for me I find myself looking forward to our next camping spot.

It’s called the Eagle Valley Park Campground near Maple Creek Saskatchewan.

Trip advisor cites it as…

“A touch of the Caribbean in the prairies.”

I cannot wait to see this.