We were up and on the road by 7:45, so that we could gas up before the caravan left at 8. We met them, and lead the way back to Winnipeg. We rolled in shortly after 10. I had envisioned long line ups at the gates but we rolled right in. We were slotted to set up beside Gerry and Emily from Island Bolers, Jan and his wife were diagonally behind us. We started the set up as the temperature rose and the trailers rolled in. We were suppose to be getting another trailer to share our electric site. Gerry and I kept saying we should double up but moving in the heat was daunting. We’d just decided to do it as our shared partners rolled in. They were together and wanted one site so that sealed the deal. We moved the trailers by hand dolly and everyone just grabbed a corner of the gazebos to move them. It was a lot of effort in the heat but so worth it in the end. It put us on the end of an aisle so better access and having neighbors who could help with Rosie was great.
Wednesday was the hottest or seemed that way due to the set up in the sun. Despite drinking over 3 litres of water, wearing a hat and sun screen and hiding in the shade wherever possible, and having an ice cold shower I was feeling the effects of the sun and dreading the next few days in our gravel lot. I was thankful for the swamp/moat/creek that I could take Rosie wading in.
Thursday morning i ventured out to get aloe Vera for my sun burned face, more carbonated water and Gatorade as I feared dehydration. Though the day stayed noticeably cooler. We walked around and saw trailers from the outside, visited the other Island bolers, shopped at Vendors, read the book we are published in, and enjoyed the event in cooler temperatures. We got interviewed by CTV, we enjoyed the afternoon wine and Bothwell cheese social and in the evening Scott and the kids came by for food truck supper.
Friday was supposed to get hot again but stayed mid 20s. We joined morning yoga in our pjs, we wandered around some more, so much to see. We read more stories in the Vintage Fibreglass Trailers book, and generally had a relaxing day. We met more friends from instagram and enjoyed a pulled pork sandwich with beans and coleslaw for dinner courtesy of Peavy Mart. We also found out we were in the Brandon Sun. We ended the evening with s’mores and a bonfire.
Saturday was the big open house day so we were up early to tidy and set up the dinette and finish staging everything so we’d have time to check out the farmers market before the gates opened at 10. Slowly the people started trickling in, then more and more. Gerry and I took turns checking out the insides of trailers and showing off our own. As the day got hotter and hotter we did more hiding in the shade of the canopy and only venturing out to take Rosie for a Swamp Swim as I called it. The open house was supposed to end at 3pm but still lots wandering around so we stayed open.
Although it was still smoking hot by 4pm the wind was gusting enough that I took the canopy down. Once that was down I slowly started packing up so I’d be ready to leave in the AM. Though the more I packed up the more I thought it might be nice to get an hour or so on the road so I didn’t have to deal with the crowds leaving in the morning. So after packing up and having a shower we hit the road just after 7pm. After much effort we found the giant Coca Cola can in Portage la Prairie and continued on to a truck stop just down the road for the night.
There are so many more photos but I’ll add a link to Flickr once I’m home.
Odometer start of day: Wednesday morning 3512.4 (Saturday before I left 3728.3)
Odometer end of day: 3861.7
Wildlife sightings: none
Fibreglass Egg sightings: far too many to count. Apparently just over 400 in attendance.