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We are Nico and Marlies Wobben and in February 2008 we moved from the Netherlands to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! Nico is an RN at the General Hospital and I (Marlies) work from home, as an administrator at Canada Life and for my own web design business Feel The Fire. And we have 6 cats!

Wij zijn Nico en Marlies Wobben en in februari 2008 zijn we verhuisd van Nederland naar Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! Nico is verpleegkundige in het General Hospital en ik (Marlies) werk thuis als administrator bij Canada Life en voor mijn eigen web design bedrijf Feel The Fire. En we hebben 6 katten!
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Manitoba – Angusville Area

On our way home from our Manitoba trip after a great weekend at the Weelings!
Friday, after leaving RMNP, we stopped in Onanole at Poor Michael’s Emporium, what a cool store! Then we continued to Angusville and the RM of Riding Mountain West, where we had a great time with our friends Anneke and Dries, thanks for everything guys!!! Today Dries and Nico went fishing on the nearby Silver Beach Lake and now we’re on our way home. Great trip, but looking forward to be home again too!

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Riding Mountain – Clear Lake

We used a rainy morning well by sleeping in and we were glad it cleared up just in time for the only boat cruise during week on the Martese.
Taking in a last day of vitamin L(ake)! Last breakfast at the Whitehouse Bakery, souvenir shopping at the Spinning Wheel, fishing at the pier, where we saw a fisher!!!! Meaning, the animal from the weasel family, no pun intended We had been warned for them (they could grab a cat), but hadn’t seen any on the campground. We also switched to a more populated area of the campground, as we had been all alone since Tuesday and I felt less at ease each night. This spot is much better! Tomorrow we leave the park and will spend the weekend with our friends Anneke and Dries who live near Angusville, not far from here.

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Riding Mountain – Deep Bay, Ominnik Marsh

Riding Mountain, Deep Bay

Another 28°C day! Biked to the Deep Bay and back, then to the Ominnik Marsh Trail that we walked, had a yummy supper at Wigwam Dining & Lounge, a soft serve ice at The Boardwalk Clear Lake and relaxed at the site. But now I’m a bit scared, because we’re under a severe thunderstorm watch for the night. Hardly any campers here, already eerie enough for me 🙁

Riding Mountain NP

red chairs on the pier in Riding Mountain, Wasagaming

After a beautiful drive through the park and a stop at Moon Lake, we arrived at the Wasagaming campground #116. The next morning, we went for breakfast at the famous Whitehouse Bakery and walked around Wasagaming. Why did it take us seven years to come back to this beautiful place?? Back on the campground, we chilled for a bit, while looking around for bears as there apparently are many and it’s not very busy. Nico went fishing fon the pier and we cooked the trout from Roblin for supper. Then indoors at dusk as we are chicken and you guessed it, afraid of bears LOL
Today a bit of the same, walk to town and just hanging at the campsite.

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Manitoba: Roblin

East Goose Lake, Roblin

Roblin we you! Arrived yesterday at dusk after an uneventful drive from Regina, with the obligatory stop at A&W in Melville. In Roblin we bought a MB fishing licence and Nico quickly went to fish at the dock of East Goose Lake where the municipal campground is. And came back after a few minutes with a nice trout! The next morning we woke up early to a stunning sunrise over East Goose Lake!! We strolled through town and had breakfast at the Sidekick Cafe. Now it’s time to continue to Riding Mountain, our main destination for this trip.

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Camping SK 2019 Highlights

A small selection of camping pics of this season, even though we have one more trip to go, but it’s in Manitoba 😉
Here in our province, we went to Buffalo Pound, Echo and Moose Mountain (Kenosee Lake), and visited the Hartwell cabin at Buffalo Pound.

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Camping SK 2018 Highlights

Just a few pics of this past camping season! We didn’t go out as much, because our big vacation is still coming up and it cuts into camping season haha! Buffalo Pound, Crooked Lake, Duck Mountain, Buffalo View and Buffalo Pound again 🙂

Motorhoming 2017! Highlights

Thank you camping season 2017!! Not the longest, but the best in weather for us personally (not for nature) and as the weather is changing this weekend (good for nature), we’ve cancelled our last camping plans and are wrapping it up with the best and warmest camping memories still in mind and heart! We already posted about the last three trips, here are some highlights of the trips before that, to Buffalo Pound, Douglas and Duck Mountain.

Buffalo Pound, September 1-3

We had a fun weekend with the Bos and Korevaar families! We met Arie and Leanna Korevaar (and their kids Sam and Sarah) in the beginning of this camping season. Arie has Dutch parents (and a Dutch name), so we ended up talking and having beers by the campfire. We kept in touch and this weekend we arranged to camp together at Buffalo Pound (Maple Vale) again. Marga and Henk (Bos) joined us with their tent until late Saturday night. We just spent a lot of time together chatting, in the evenings by the propane fire pit that Arie and Leanna brought (there is a fire ban) and we made Dutch apple and bacon pancakes on Saturday morning. We also got a visit this morning from Dana and Kris (and doggie Ellie) who came to camp with Dana’s dad and their extended family!

Cypress Hills, August 21-29

The Centre Block of Cypress Hills isn’t new to us, we’ve camped there several times and also stayed at The Resort a few times. I LOVE pine trees and these lodgepole pines are something else. It is also the highest point between the Rockies and the Labrador peninsula. Like Grasslands, the park is a dark sky preserve and has an observatory that we visited for the first time. The biggest difference with this trip was that Gord and Lorraine were there too, so we spent a lot of time together and went to a few places by car, that we normally couldn’t get to.

We had a very pretty drive to the park, coming from Grasslands this time. A lot of prairie and we crossed the rugged Frenchman Valley five (!) times. One time even during the much hyped (80%) solar eclipse, but all we noticed was that a light cloud cover felt like a heavy one. We had plans to stop in Eastend and maybe visit Scotty the T-Rex, but we already stopped and had lunch in Shaunavon instead. It must’ve been around 3.30pm that we arrived at Cypress Hills. After check-in we went to site 67 on Terrace. The slight slope mentioned in the description turned out to be a slope so bad that we couldn’t even begin to correct it a bit with the blocks we have. You can’t jack it up like a trailer. We didn’t want to sleep with our heads that far down, so we went back to the office to see if there were any alternatives. They wrote down some sites we could look at and around 5pm our six nights were rebooked to four nights Rainbow 29 and two nights Terrace 16. Better! The Rainbow site wasn’t big nor private, but it was enough and you could look right into the forest and the Woodlands Trail!

We saw at least four moose on that trail and two on the Whispering Pines Trail. And twice we missed moose walking by our site in the early morning. Nico also saw some cows there one day, they must’ve broken INto the park :O We loved being in the pine forest and talking to many people about our kitties. We also got together with Gord and Lorraine every day, for a meal or walk or drinks. On Tuesday, Gord and Lorraine took us to the Observatory open house and that was neat. We watched some videos, there was a talk about constellations that were pointed out in the sky with a laser and in the dome we could look at some nebulae and such through a telescope. They’d be very busy in the following days with a lot of stargazing geeks attending the annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party! Thursday was the only cloudy day with a few drops of rain, we had fantastic summer weather otherwise!

We also kept our eyes on the registration page to see if we could get a better site for the last two nights. Things change all the time and we were able to change our reservation to Warlodge 72 and add a third night… right next to Gord and Lorraine! Now this was much easier for combining doing our own thing with popping by for a bit or getting together for the evening. The site was partially open, but still had pine trees and was HUGE. Certainly more privacy! We still saw moose (probably the same young bull) on the other side of the campground and near the Twisted Tree Trail. Amazing! Nico and Gord went fishing one night and Leilah and Matt came to stay with Gord and Lorraine for a night. Should’ve been two, but a lot of car troubles marked their trip 🙁 We planned to leave on Monday, but when I woke up at 9am, I checked if the site was available for another night and poked Nico. Of course it didn’t take any trouble to convince Nico! I checked with my manager, postponed my dentist appointment and Nico went to the office to add one last night (he was going to Maple Creek with Gord). We just couldn’t tear ourselves away from this awesome place and had one more hot and relaxing day! Before driving home together on Tuesday, the four of us concluded our camping trip with a great breakfast at the Resort!