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Kinmount Shoe Trees…

On the May 24 weekend in 2010, I found myself driving along Hwy 45–a short cut  my way to Haliburton to visit family.  As I drove past the “Kinmount Shoe Trees” I said to my mum, “I NEED to take a photo of this!”… So I pulled over her car… and I stopped to take some photos of the “Kinmount Shoe Trees”.  I blogged about it HERE.

(I re-looked at my photos and re-edited some of them… and some of them that might not have made the blog originally)

I’m glad I trusted my instinct, seized the moments and took some photos…because the shoe trees have been taken down.  You can read about that on the Kinmount website. It was kind of neat to see on this page that they had linked to my ‘original’ post about the Kinmount Shoe Trees.  Thanks for the link love!

I guess the local city councilman felt they were ‘ugly’ and a ‘hazard’ along this ‘highway’ because people were always stopping alongside the road to add shoes or take photos. (on the day that I stopped I didn’t even see a car along the road for a good 20mins!)  I suppose those are very real reasons why to stop a tradition..but those excuses fall a bit ‘flat’…seems kind of harsh to take down something that is WELL known in your community!  Why not embrace the art-sculpture…and ask the if anyone in the community could help pick up garbage etc… why distroy something that won’t be there for the next generation? I suppose they were thinking that the tourists don’t need to see crazy shoes on a tree–that’s not what they leave the city for!

Through all of this I finally got my answer WHY the trees actually started along HWY 45… it is my hope that some of the ‘left-over’ shoelaces find their way to a new home and a new tree!

When I read about the trees being gone…I was sad.  A memory from from when I was a kid was gone, something I remember driving past as a kid wondering how all those shoes got there…and now it’s gone.  It got me thinking…

People might think that I deal fairly well with change.  I admit for someone that has lived in 2 provinces, 1 territory, another country, and countless numbers of cities & towns in the last 13 years…I do deal fairly well with change.  I’ve learned to adapt…but I have a secret that helps me adapt.  It’s the ability to come back to my ‘home-away-from-home’ that is also known as Haliburton.  Although sometimes these homecomings can be a bit bitter sweet.  Part of me still imagines that EVERYTHING will be the SAME when I return as it was when I left.  I left the Fall of 1998…I was a few months shy of my 19th birthday, excited to embark on my first adventures at university.  My mum was moving at the same time to another city… so I never got to return frequently on my university breaks-I ended up visiting my mum in the new city.  Sure I always managed to have a few visits at the Summer cottage, but it wasn’t the same as if you mum still lived in your home town.  I was so excited 3 summers ago when she got a job back in Haliburton and moved back!  That meant I did have a residence when I returned to Haliburton. But I will always be connected to Haliburton, you see I have family connections in Haliburton that go deep… and I’ve talked about the ‘family’ cottages on Haliburton Lake before.

Part of the reason I can travel is that I have my back-up my ‘home-away-from-home’ its a role Haliburton has always played for me and hopefully will always exist. Because of this I have branched out and created homes for myself wherever I happen to be living! But when I return to my ‘home-away-from-home’ sometimes I get sad when I see small changes around town.Or walk down the main street and say “Hi” to someone that doesn’t recognize me.  I also wonder what changes I’ll see when I return for Christmas in a few short weeks.  I know that changes have to happen…heck in the 13 years since I’ve not lived in Haliburton left I’ve changed as a person and grown–so only fitting should the town change too.  I know places evolve and get better. But this process is so hard for me, when I come back and notice that something’s different…a building has been left to decay…or a building has been gutted, parking lots have changed the IN and the OUT…(and I still can’t remember what the ‘new’ way is…).  I wish things could just STAND STILL and be just like it use to be!

Maybe part of me is worried that someday I’ll come back to my ‘home-away-from-home’ and I won’t recognize it…and it won’t recognize me…I’ll just be another summer tourist walking the main street, being talked about the ‘locals’!

On the road…Day 2..

I had another great day on the road… Went from Wawa to North Bay, stopped for a visit with friends for a few hours.. then pushed on to Haliburton!  I didn’t take many photos… but if you’d like to see some more photos you can look at my trip from a year ago (there are also some awesome shots of the Northern Lights Motel!)

My favourite part of the road trip, is between Wawa and the Sault!  The views are amazing…

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I got to North Bay around 6pm… and I stopped to see my friend Amanda…who was visiting her parents!  It was really nice to see her and Ian and her parents… and how could I not mention her little guy!! While driving between Sudbury and North Bay…there was a thunder storm brewing… so by the time I got to Amanda’s parents it just POURED! (I was so happy NOT to be driving!)

Day 2- Road Trip 3Day 2- Road Trip 5 Amanda’s Dad BBQed an amazing dinner… (and because of the rain–he put on his rain attire!)Day 2- Road Trip 6Last time I saw Amanda in May… I didn’t get a photo of us… Ian her hubby took this shot… (he’s got mad photo skills)! Thanks Ian… Day 2- Road Trip 7
The rest of my trip was uneventful!  I arrived at my mum’s just after 11:30pm… I was glad to be free of Milo’s company for a bit!!

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Day 1- Road Trip- 2Last night I had a bit of a homemade ‘tetris’ game to play!  It was great fun, (actually took me like 15-20mins)…and the rain held off until after I was done! I had 4 winter tires… 2 big suitcases; 4 rubbermaid tubs(1 was full)…a green shopping basket filled with stuff… plus two duffle bags–that weren’t really full at all!  Oh, plus a piece of artwork.. and my didgeridoo…! But I got it all in my car.. and was able to keep all my mirrors and could see out the back window!!! (yep, I’m THAT good…) hehehe

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Day 1- Road Trip- 3So you know what the funny thing is? I did this drive EXACTLY a year ago!!! (weird eh).. Apparently this is the time for me to make that trek from Winnipeg to Wawa.. perhaps I have a new tradition that I’ll have to keep up!?  I didn’t take any photos today… partly because I just wanted to get to WAWA so I could get back to sleep!  hehehe…but if you want to take a look at my trip from last year!

Before leaving Winnipeg I stopped at Tim’s and got some ‘supplies’… (thanks to friends that gave me some gift certs!!)

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I had a long day on the road today!  All in all it took me about 12hours and 30mins +1hour for the time change= 13 1/2 hours…. I covered 1182 kms… and got myself to Wawa and the Northern Lights Motel!!

Look who was here to greet me? –you’ll have to wait to see who it was!

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*I can’t seem to upload my photos…and i’m ready to sleep… so I’ll have to figure that out tomorrow!!! 🙂 check back for that update! 🙂 Sarah

**edited–to add the photos from the day!! 🙂

>Day Three: Thunder Bay, Ontario to Winnipeg, Manitoba


We left Thunder Bay fairly early… about 8:30am.. it was crazy cold… but we did a quick stop at Kakebeka Falls... Meg just wanted to stay WARM.. but I told her she had to have a photo!!!
A quick self-portrait together… (we didn’t pay for parking again… yes, we are REBELS!)…
We didn’t stop at Timmie’s like we had planned… the nice lady at the check out desk at the hotel… told us one would be on our way.. but apparently she was wrong… So we stopped in Kakebeka Falls for gas, and then to the grocery store for some yummy lemon poppy seed muffins and apple fritters!!! It was a good choice!
Crossing the time-zone… I love self-portraits, and camera timers!! (the day was on again off again rainy all day.. but when we hit here it was SUNNY!!)
Had to get yet another ‘moose’ warning sign!!! 🙂
We stopped to pay hommage to the ‘ape-man’?! In Vermillion Bay… I still don’t know the story behind this guy… and really not sure WHY it is there.. but it’s damn FUNNY!!! Here’s Meg and “ape-man” (still not sure what to call him!)
..and yes, that is unfortunate that there isn’t enough material to cover his butt!! (seriously he must get COLD in the winter!!)
We got stopped for AWHILE, due to construction… so what is one to do when they put their car into neutral, pop the E-brake?… why take photos of course!!! (I think this is one of my fav shots of Meg!)
..then I took a photo of the lady who was the flagger, I’m not really sure what she was doing here?! perhaps blowing into her glove to warm it up!? It was really cold!
..and me, at the controls of Milo…
..we were the first in a LONG line of cars…. going both directions!!!
At the Manitoba/Ontario Boarder there was more construction.. but Meg was able to still capture some awesome photos!!! 🙂
..Back on the Prairies… Meg’s first sight of the ‘flatness’!!
Meg snapped a shot of her first ‘grain-elevator’ thingy! (I think that’s what it’s called!?) She was pretty impressed with seeing it!! (and I think she did an awesome job with my camera–and a moving car..)
…We are HERE!!! 🙂
It’s good to be home!! I think Milo was very happy to get the ‘extra’ stuff out of him.. and be empty.. and we were glad NOT to be in his company for awhile!!!  

Day Two: Wawa, to Thunder Bay, Ontario!!


Today we had a bit of a slow start… (partly due to me…but in the end it was an ok thing!)…  We set off from Wawa after a delicious breakfast–I SO luv the NORTHERN LIGHTS Motel… you NEED to stay there if you are in Wawa!!!
We did not see a moose.. but Meg saw a few fun signs, and we had to take some photos of them!
..there is a song about “moose on the loose” but I believe they are also full of juice?
 (I think that’s when they are a ‘big’ problem!)
It was rainy in White River… but we had to stop to say HI to Pooh Bear!!
This weekend is the festival… to think I missed it by like 5 days!!!
An awesome view from a look out!!

Group Shot!!! (it was so windy and chilly!!)
Meg and the “sleeping giant”…
The “Sleeping Giant” all on his own!!
Stopping to see Terry Fox…
We quickly (as safe as possible) headed over to Fort William… so we could walk around before it closed at 5pm… (we arrived at 3:15pm… perfect timing.. and way enough time to chill!) Here are some random photos from that experience!!! Both of us being ‘history’ majors… got a kick out of this place… I still think at some point in my life.. I need to work at a place like this!!
This guy.. was tryin to tell me how much I’d need to work for a cast iron pot… man it was heavy!
The inner court-yard… with the “big-house?”
These teeny-tiny beds… made me chuckle… but I suppose people were shorter then!? or they liked to cuddle… yes, cuddling I suppose is nice!?
I’m stiring the ‘big’ pot with a HUGE spoon… and then a ‘creepy’ guy trapped Meg and I in the room.. and we couldn’t escape… he was just a bit ‘ackward’, and wanted to engage us in some historical discussion… but we didn’t quite feel the same vibe!!
Meg and the Spoon.. (isn’t it HUGE!?)… she should have used it to swat the creepy guy away.. but don’t worry… she didn’t and neither did I!
In one of the ‘shops/houses/building things!’
I was challenged to a checker game… the man said he had just learned 2 weeks ago.. and asked if I had $5 to put on a game… I politely declined!!
..but I did become his assistant on the lathe…
Meg on the other hand worked the hand drill… (but it had another name.. and I forget… which is kind of silly bc my grandpa use to have these guys.. and I’ve used them before!)
We went into the barrel making shop… and stayed awhile…
Just some random shots… from the Fort!
…a view of the outside wall surrounding the Fort… (to keep people out I suppose!)
…blankets were EVERYWHERE.. I’m not sure who would have even wanted the SCRATCHY WOOL blankets… YIKES! but I suppose if you were living in the Voyageur times… a SCRATCHY WOOL blanket might be welcomed!!
Meg thought this bed was comfy… I told her we’d find a hotel near-by…. with a pool… (she didn’t stay long after that!)
Birch Bark Canoe.. pretty darn cool!!
On our way back to Milo… the end of a GREAT day!!!
We checked into our hotel.. that indeed had a pool, sauna and steam rooms!! That felt OH SOOOO GOOD!!! 🙂 Tomorrow we should arrive in the ‘peg at some point in the day…
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