Portland Japanese Garden

A few weeks ago I visited Portland, Oregon. Intrigued by the Japanese Garden, I went there my first afternoon in the city. It did not disappoint. The scenery was amazing and set around tall redwoods, scenes missing from my prairie home. A Japanese Garden is a landscape garden, designed as place of reflection and meditation. Typically it includes the following elements – water, bridge, rocks, … Continue reading Portland Japanese Garden

Grasslands National Park – East Block

This October I traveled to the East Block of Grasslands National Park. The weather was beautiful. The first day was windy and 7°C. We checked into our Otentik then hiked Rock Creek Trail to get a sense of the park. Later we drove to the Badlands Viewpoint area about ten miles south. Zahursky Point was our original destination. However we wanted to take advantage of … Continue reading Grasslands National Park – East Block

Insinger, Saskatchewan

Insinger was named after Fredrik Robert Insinger, a politician and rancher from Holland. Settlers first came to the area in 1891. They were mostly Ukrainian, but some Doukhobors did live near Insinger. The railway came to Insinger in 1903 and a village post office was built in 1908. A railroad station was not constructed until 1920. The following year a school was erected and the … Continue reading Insinger, Saskatchewan