Vacay to Saskatchewan 2014: Day 1 (July 1)

So, after a few weeks away from posting, today I present the first post in a several-week long series of posts about our 11-day adventure from Victoria BC to Regina, Saskatchewan and back. Today is a short July 1 post giving you the preamble and showing some pictures of the Canada Day ( fireworks here in Victoria.

But to start, for the first 11 days in July, the vacay plan was roughly as follows:

July 1 – Tuesday and Canada Day, was all about cleaning the house, doing laundry and packing for a 10 day trip back to Saskatchewan (did NOT spend any time at the Canada Day celebrations downtown during the day – just hit the fireworks at night).

July 2 – leave sometime in the morning, catch the ferry to Tsawwassen ( , and then head out on Highway 1 and see how far we get

July 3 – get to Brooks Alberta ( where we would stay with friends

July 4 – spend the day in Brooks Alberta

July 5 – head off to Maple Creek ( for the wedding of Jeremy and Nikko (and baby Asher)

July 6 – have brunch (also part of the wedding celebrations) and hit the highway for Regina ( – get to Regina in time for a BBQ hosted by our friend Andy

July 7 – hopefully spend the day in Regina visiting with Susan (recovering from spinal surgery – if she is back from Saskatoon) and Darca, and then possibly having supper with brother Mike and sister-in-law Nadine

July 8 – back to Brooks…starting the trip back home

July 9 – spend the day in Brooks

July 10 – head back to Vancouver – anticipating a very long day

July 11 – back to Victoria, home and kitties!

Now, this isn’t entirely what happened, although for the most part we ended up where we “needed” to be in time to do what we “needed” to do. But more details will be revealed as the days go on. But before that, here are some pictures of those Canada Day fireworks. Firework pictures are NOT my specialty. There are always lots of people in the way, and I never time the shots right. I did fare a bit better when I switched to the emPhone, but still not the best shots.

But the way, did you know that Canada is 147 years old this year? 150 in 2017 man!! That will be a party!

So, as promised, fireworks pictures, and then off to prepare tomorrow’s post – the start of day 1.











Posted on July 14, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Wow! I think it’s great you were able to capture those fireworks with a phone camera. I tried using my iPhone5 and ended up with nothing presentable. Okay, it could be me…. 🙂

  2. I just pointed my phone at the fireworks and kept clicking on the “shoot” button over, and over, and over. I ditched a LOT of photos and these were the only ones left!

  3. Wow, with your phone! Great captures of the fireworks!

  4. Sounds like a fun vacation. Of course plans change! And I enjoyed your fireworks pix. I love fireworks! That bottom one is especially spectacular. Oh, I also appreciated learning about Canada Day, which I wasn’t aware of. Thanks for the Wikipedia link.

    • Thanks! It was a lot of fun, as is remembering it as I blog about it. And I’m glad the link was useful. Even those of us who live in Canada don’t know a lot about Canada Day beyond the holiday and fireworks!

  5. Fantastic pictures of fireworks – I have never managed anything like that…!

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