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Sometimes we get other weather here as well.

Today we were over 30C (Thats about 86F), and it was truly a beautiful day. That is until about 6:00pm-ish.

Keep in mind, while looking at the following pics, that is hail you are observing, not snow. Enough water came down that an entire road was shut down, homes flooded, trees stripped of leaves and various other damages.

20 minutes North, a bit of rain, nothing much to worry about.

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Saskatoon, SK

July 4th, 2006
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We were away on the weekend, we went to Saskatoon for a family reunion. We had gotten a fantastic rate at the Sheraton, as it turns out the hotel is owned by the same family we were here for.

This is the Hotel, and the view from our window. We were staying on the backside of the hotel, the front side will overlook the river and the park. Looking on a few internet “Hotel Saver” sights, the hotel appears to cost about $169 CDN per night.
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Directly across from the hotel is a park that leads to a walking path that runs beside the river. Just in front of the park is a nice little hot dog stand (Get the handmade sausage, it was great) and just down the steps is a water fountain. For some reason the fountain is foamy; not sure if its intentional or something with the water. There was also this door cut into the side of the hill, which I’m sure is simply for access to plumbing and what-not, but I always wonder about them. Who knows, one of these doors could ultimately lead to a secret tunnel that leads to some government installation. Or to the Fountain’s plumbing controls.. whatever.
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Half a block down the road is the Delta hotel. We didn’t go inside, but the building had such great cement details, we had to take a few pictures.
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Here are some of the cement details:
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Just another half block from the delta was this Bus. Now supposedly this bus has some excellent Ice Cream. When we went to check it out though, we were both quite hungry and opted instead for two hot dogs and some popcorn. Those both were mediocre at best, and I wish we had tried the ice cream, but to be honest we were full by that point. Next time we’re in Saskatoon I guess.
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Thats it for pictures, we both enjoyed the trip and like any vacation, we both wished we had an extra day or two out there to take in more of the sights. Service at the Hotel was generally great, although I’ll admit morning #1 room service gets a full 10/10. Mornings #2 & #3 though they did not live up to that first morning. Morning #2 no waters with breakfast and Morning #3 they didn’t send any cream for my coffee.

Facilities at the hotel were great, each morning we got up about 7:30am, had a light breakfast, then went down to the fitness Centre. About an hour long workout, followed by some swimming, followed in turn by a soak in the hot tub.

Family reunion itself was fine, although it seemed at any given moment we were waiting for one thing or another, which made the night drag on a little.

We did manage to stop by my Uncle & Aunts house the day after for a bbq, and enjoyed some excellent food, which is nice since hotel food is always a bit pricey, not to mention “Different”.

Made it back home okay, although half way home the AC in the car gave out. We think it probably just needs a recharge but when your wife is prone to motion sickness, something like no AC becomes a big deal. We made it back, none-the-less, and glad to see our home again.

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