Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wood Mountain: Population 21

When I was ten, my family picked up an exchange student from the Regina airport. It was Winter. As the South American boy rode with me on the van bench, across an open prairie between Regina and Moose Jaw, he asked how many people lived in Wood Mountain. I replied proudly, “Forty people live in ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Star Wars and Snow

I brushed the snow off my solar panels a couple times on the weekend, and it helped with their production a fair bit. The full sun came out, and melted the remaining flakes off too. We watched Star Wars episode IV [8/10] and Empire Strikes Back [9/10] (Have them both on VHS), and several Star ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Short History of Wood Mountain Post

Stumbled across this video put together by Sask Parks. Some additional videos of Wood Mountain:  

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Fossils To Museums

I was an 8 year old awash in fossils, so I was a tad more generous than this former 9 year old PEI lad with his much more valuable fossil. I donated a lower mandible piece from a ~12,000,000 year old Saskatchewan rhino to the Sask. Natural History (now Royal Sask.) Museum in the 1980s. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: When The Tories Left Office

I was too young in 1991 to put the news I was hearing into context. My family had worked for months on my Dad’s campaign for the Sask Liberals in Moose Jaw, and he’d come away in second place. Roy Romanow was the new Premier of Saskatchewan, and Grant Devine would soon fade into political ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Grasslands National Park Animals

-Road Killed Rattle Snake There are not a lot of rattlesnakes around the park, especially the East Block of the park where Wood Mountain is. Nick, who is with Brenda showing off the snake skin, almost stepped on one by accident last week and it didn’t even try to bite him. The snakes are mostly ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wood Mountain Folk Fest 2013

Beautiful weather, and beautiful music. There’s presently no planned music festival in Wood Mountain for 2014, but I hope that changes.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Go To Wood Mountain #exploresask

The Wood Mountain Folk Festival is today, Saturday Aug. 24, 2013, at the Mergel Ranch. On Friday I drove down from Regina in my $50 rental car (for 3 days, from Enterprise). It’s getting 5.7L/100km highway driving in ECO mode. 2013 Elantra, Hyundai. I successfully passed a semi along the way in the hills. Is ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Northern Lights Animation

I have a few more of these aurora animations to create and upload to YouTube. Here’s a fun one to start with tonight though.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Aurora in Wood Mountain

One of the advantages to small-town Saskatchewan, is that it’s easier to escape light pollution than it is in a city like Regina. I was fortunate to be out of the city on June 29th in the very early morning, so have many fantastic aurora (Northern Lights) photos and animations to share. A south pointing ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dark Sky Preserve at Wood Mountain

I found a new way to appreciate my home town through the eyes of astronomers this weekend. Also, I used the astronomers’ telescopes, which is a great way to look from their perspective on the universe. Wood Mountain is the gateway to the East Block of the Grasslands National Park which is designated as a ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Cats On The Net

This one goes back a few years now… April 6, 2006 Thursday Final Edition SASKATCHEWAN: Mayor’s approval rating with felines is suspect BYLINE: The Star Phoenix Residents of a village in southern Saskatchewan may want to be on the lookout for a cat that’s got a definite taste for politics. The mayor of Wood Mountain ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Mini Solar Tour in the Fog of Wood Mountain and Glentworth

I went on a road trip Saturday with my friend Adam K., down to my parents’ place, and his grandparents’ farm. On the way around southern Saskatchewan, we saw close to 150 deer and antelope, a snowy owl, a dozen hawks, a handful of Canada Geese, smaller birds, two dead raccoons, and the final resting ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Winter in Saskatchewan

When it’s too cold to explain, photos will have to do. I don’t go to church anymore, and didn’t want to long before I stopped going. This year I was invited to two different Christmas church services, and ended up going to neither. When I do go, it’s out of respect for my family’s traditions, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Mrs. Klein

One of the oddest things about death is that there’s no way to reach that person by their usual phone number. We can call people in Antarctica, in space, in Tehran, on the toilet, or flying through the air. We can’t call people on the phone after they are passed on, however. It’s just another ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Sherry of Wood Mountain

A well known Wood Mountain resident passed away recently after a long cancer illness. Sherry Mielke was a friend of my family, and it’s not going to be the same visiting my parents’ home. I grew up working with Sherry’s computer requests, and building computers for her and her family who lived just down the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oh Yeah?

-My tongue is longer than yours. -Oh yeah? Well, my tail is longer than yours. -Don’t look at me, I’m staying out of this.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Photos of Gravelbourg, Fir Mountain, and Wood Mountain

Here’s a sampling of why you’d want to take a drive south of Moose Jaw sometime. I left Wood Mountain on Sunday afternoon Drove by Fir Mountain not too long later. Arrived in Gravelbourg under an hour later, after passing Thompson Lake and Lafleche too. Dodged a few potholes along the way north of Lafleche. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Folk Festival Saturday

Some more photos from the Wood Mountain Folk Festival, with videos to come when I send some to YouTube. Little Miss Higgins The backdrop over the audience Scene from that hill Scene on that hill Sunset from that hill – On Sunday, my Mum and I helped out at the pancake breakfast, moving tables, serving, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wood Mountain Folk Fest

On this weekend I’m at the Wood Mountain Folk Fest. Last night the air was cool and windy, with a few drops of rain, but dozens of people stuck it out anyway in front of the stage while a lot of others watched and listened from their trucks lined up as if it was a ...