Winter Trip to Riding Mountain National Park – Part 2

This morning, I was up and heading back to the park and my favourite sunrise spot at Grayling Lake.  It was very cloudy, so I was pretty sure the sunrise would be a flop, but there was still time for the clouds to break apart – and I wasn’t going to waste the chance.

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This was the best I could get – and since the parking lot has not been plowed, it was taken from the highway.  It would be hours before I saw the sun today.

With a beautiful coating of frost on the trees and bushes, these would have been beautiful pictures under a sunny sky – but there are little breaks in the clouds now – so maybe soon.

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Then I headed into the town to have some breakfast before heading out to see the room and property that I was considering renting.

I did not realize they had snow sculptures in town so I had to take some pictures.  These look very comfortable, but might be a bit chilly to sit on.

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The only Bison I saw
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The only Moose I saw
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The only Bears I saw
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The Lake House, which might be the only place in town that is open during the winter.

After breakfast, I headed back north a bit and at the Wishing Well Road, there was more blue sky showing, so I took some pictures of the trees and hoarfrost.  Still not much sun shining on them, but you can see the frost on the needles.

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After I got back on the highway to head south, a car in front of me put on the brakes for a few seconds as a couple of deer raced across the road in front.  I slowed so I could look and see if they were at the edge of the woods, as they will often stop to look back.  I was in luck!

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I did not disturb them and they were still relaxed when I drove away after taking my pictures.

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On the drive to the rental.

I had planned on taking more pictures on the drive – but the battery in my camera died just after I took this one.  So, I continued on without any pictures.

The meeting with the lady who was renting out the room went very well.  We had already exchanged some emails and we obviously feel the same about nature, so this did not surprise me.   She is about the same age as my daughter.

The property is lovely and I was thinking of many happy and relaxed hours exploring everything around there or just sitting on the deck and admiring the critters and birds.  I got to meet the resident dogs, cats, horses and chickens and none of them objected to me being there.

When I left, I was thinking about taking the steps to end my lease and have my items stored.  Reality hit a little later and there was one detail that I had known about, but kind of pushed it out of my thoughts until I was about 1/2 way home.  I knew at that point that I would have to tell her to follow up with the next person on her list.  It took me a couple of days before I actually told her though.

I will still have to move before too long because of the increase in rent – so more to come on that as things unfold.

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