Part III of Stan Tells You About His Trip from ON to AZ in 2003

The very careful follower, reader, will have noted that I missed Chapter 6 in the last posting. If you check, you will see that I posted Chapter 7, but not Chapter 6??   Below is Chapter 6. 

Stan Speaks: Lois never reads these narratives  so I can share with you something personal ~ as a young 15 year old, my very first girl friend in the WEST was from Saskatoon ~ Saskatchewan!! Perhaps that is why I like the “ring” of those two words ~ Saskatoon Saskatchewan!! Her name was Valerie!! I digress.

We begin our day in Winnipeg! Who has not heard about the coldest intersection in the world ~ the corner of Portage and Main????   Some may not know, but this intersection is “mile 0″ of THE YELLOWHEAD (TRANS CANADA) HIGHWAY. The Yellow head provides a panorama across the prairies through foothills to the towering Rockies and westward to the Pacific Ocean. Of the 5 passes through the Rockies, the Yellow head Pass is by far the most gentle and that is the primary reason we chose this route. Remember Chapter 4, where we talked about the spat between the Hudson Bay Co and The North West Company ~ the Yellow head was used then and it is used to-day. It got its name from an Iroquois-Metis trapper called Tete Jaune Cache. Most will immediately recognize that “Tete Jaune” (in the other official language) is “yellow head”. It seems that our famous trapper and voyageur had blonde-streaked hair. For the few who have not driven this route, it is marked by a “yellow head” on the sign posts. Typical Stan; more history than scenery!

What does one report on the prairies?? The harvest was in its final stages; the streets in Western towns are very wide ~ and indeed we pulled off and explored two or three; in Manitoba the men wear “caps”, in Saskatchewan half wear “caps”, the other half cowboy hats and of course in Alberta they all wear cowboy hats!! I’m teasing of course. I am sure that for those who grew up on the Prairie, a return brings back many fond and wonderful memories. Although I did not grow up in the prairies, we made our home in Alberta for 3 years and Manitoba for 2. And for the record I happen to believe that Saskatoon is one of the more attractive cities in Canada!!

Return to the highway: It is the best. Most of the Yellow head is 4 lane, lightly travelled and with speed limits unknown in Ontario ~ varies from as low as 90 up to 110.(km of course.) Did we make Saskatoon by nightfall? Yes we did. I had promised Lois dinner in the Besborough hotel ~ (Westerners will understand)~~however; we settled for a fine dinner in the Husky gas station!!
Rather than find an RV Site for the night, we settled in at the Husky–right along with the Semi-trailers!! Come on guys ~ support me, she did not have to make dinner–I said we ate at the Husky!!

Stan 2003 09 24.

Got away about 08:30; no sun to begin the day but things went quite well with one exception. Either there was no fuel at the west end of Edmonton or if there was, we missed it. Accordingly; we had some anxious moments until we finally found fuel. Good news~~the price was right, 58.9 cents per litre, same as we pay in Lindsay, ON. Sun also came out about the same time, mid morning and the rest of the day was the best day of the trip. No head winds for the vehicle; mostly flat 4 lane highway with enough variety in colour and terrain to make the day most enjoyable.
On arriving in the park, Jasper National Park, we took a run up to Maligne Canyon and I have some pix of the gorge. Back to Jasper Lodge, had a drive around and then into Jasper the town. Parked beside the passenger train and walked the main street. As we had had lunch, we went into a nice spot and had a beer and potato skins!! Quite good. Then we walked up to Information, located our Campground on the map and proceeded to it. Loaded up with fuel and came to our site. The site had absolutely nothing to complain about!! Probably the best site ever, (not just this trip) the price $30 per night. However; all services, excellent pull thru; laid out in the elongated circle format. The trees had an appropriate amount of colour for the season. We had just got settled when we heard the most unusual sound. It turned out to be the male elk sending a message to all other males in the area to stay away from his turf. The elk were rutting. In the photo you will note that he has 5 Points above the base of his antlers. As such, my fellow camper explained, this fellow is a “55er”. I was able to get real good pix of this fellow as he stayed with us from about 15:00 hrs to 20:00 hrs. The call of the male elk is similar to that of a high pitch scream of a child. In one of the pix he is emitting that call. German tourist were in evidence. I spoke with one couple from Berlin who had been in western Canada for 6 weeks~~ touring BC and Vancouver Island. They were not alone, that is we had already met others enjoying the “wild” of the Parks of Canada. This element of the German population obviously relish the opportunity to hike, to explore and to take in the magnificent scenery of the Rocky Mountains. We did not take the 75km drive down to the Athabasca Ice Field~~toward Banff. However; this is a “must do” if you are ever in the general area. I think we could begin to taste the end of our trip and as such, our desire to digress from the most direct route had begun to diminish. Tomorrow we leave Alberta and enter “Beautiful British Columbia”. Jasper Park is on the border of the two provinces.

Stan: 2003 09 26.


As we left Jasper National Park this morning, the temperature was 1 degree ~ however; the forecast high for the interior of BC, our destination, was 31C!! (For our American readers, that is hot, very hot). The Yellow head route continued to offer us “smooth sailing”, no undue grades, good scenery with a speed limit commensurate with the conditions~ 110km. Until Kamloops the Yellow head was a dream vis-à-vis steep grades. We did however experience just that by the time we got just north of Hope. The weather man delivered on the temp ~ it was a fantastic summer day ~ we had our lunch on an outside picnic table at Kamloops.

TOLL ROADS: I thought it was only ON and America that had toll roads; not so, the road from Meritt to Hope was a toll road ~ cost $10.00. Not only did we “pay” to drive on this portion of highway, but we also experienced steeper grades than anywhere else on the trip. This is “mountain road”!! Many up and many downhill portions where the truck worked UP, dropped into second; and down, also dropped into “2nd” ~~ precisely as it should in such conditions.

We made good time, so good, that instead of stopping in Hope; we continued on toward Horseshoe Bay ~ the harbour from where the BC Ferry departs for Vancouver Island. It was almost as though the ferry was waiting for us; we paid our fee of $172.00, boarded and began our crossing to the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. We had preselected an RV Park called Jinglepot. All city services including cable TV, plus beautiful grounds ~ flowers in full bloom!!! Both of us are tired. Had a “bacon and egg dinner”; Lois went immediately to bed ~ circa 20:00hrs. After cleaning up, I am doing this “task of enjoyment” ~ making the final entry in our diary, and then I too will hit the pit!! Folks: Thank you for joining us on our trip from Kawartha Lakes (Lindsay) ON to Nanaimo, BC, on Vancouver Island. (2,800 miles plus or minus.)We do hope that you have enjoyed reading all or a part of the articles. The plan now is to highlight some of our day trips around Vancouver Island. This will include Vancouver ~ Granville Market; the Capital City of Victoria and perhaps others. Do hope that you stay with us. Of course we are still looking forward to the southern leg of our journey ~ BC to AZ. We will call that Phase II. Stan. 2009 Note: Unfortunately when I wrote this article, in 2003, I had not learned the IMPORTANCE of always entering the date. Thus, I am not exactly sure when I wrote this?.

Stan McCormack writing in ADELAIDE PLACE, LINDSAY, ON. 2019 04 08.

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Part II of Stan Tells You About His Trip from ON to AZ in 2003

Stan Speaks:  This is the 2nd set of articles for YOUR ENJOYMENT!! AZ 4 Enroute to AZ 2003 09 23 up .  and AZ 5 QT to WG 2003 09 24 up  AND AZ 7 XE to ED 2003 09 up   AND there are more articles to come.  Do HOPE you are enjoying our TRIP!!

Stan writing in Lindsay, ON.  2019 04 07

Courtesy of Josh, Erik, Josh, and Kerry.

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Stan Tells You About His Trip from Ontario to Arizona!! IN 2003.

I just CANNOT stop myself from thinking of Shuffleboard??????  AND OF COURSE, my wondering mind takes me back to some of my early reporting!!!!

The computer is a wonderful thing; one can click on a button, and in so doing, bring up items relative to one’s search.  I entered “Stan AZ” and up came our trip to Arizona in 2003.  HECK, things are slowing down SHUFFLEBOARD WISE, why not take a few minutes and read OUR STORY OF OUR TRIP TO ARIZONA taken in 2003 !!  

I am unable to give you the reference pix.  In 2003 I was not as adept at such things. AZ 1Enroute to AZ 5th Wheel Sep 2003 D day – 1 up and AZ 2 Enroute to AZ day 1, Sep 21 2003 and AZ 3 Sep 22 2003 day 2 up  I will follow this up with more stories, culminating with our participation in the ISA (International Shuffleboard Assn.) to begin in March of 2004.  Stan McCormack writing in Lindsay, ON, 2019 04 06.

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Linda Rebholz Reflects on the 2019 Masters

The official end of the shuffleboard season in Florida came today with the finish of the Masters at Betmar. Phil and I have attended most of the masters tournaments over the years while he was president. After his tenure ended, we still wanted to be a part of the final games and the lunch/banquet so we traveled the three hours to reach Zephyrhills on Wednesday. I was pleased that most of the FSA officers were in attendance at the awards luncheon today to show support.

You will hear about the nail- biter matches, the great shots that players made and the victories and losses. You will hear how things went smoothly because of 50 volunteers and the great food from the kitchen with Judy Gearsbeck and crew. You MAY hear how two of the players were staying in a motel that had a fire during the night. All of this will be true but you can’t really experience the excitement unless you were there!
Phil has played in the masters and also been the alternate. It is an honor to reach the goal of being in the top eight but it is a grueling four days of play. It requires both stamina and determination of the players as they match wits and skill with their opponents. But at the end of those four days, they look at the charts with pride in each other. There are hugs and well wishes. I offer my congratulations to Terri and Earl, the champions and to all who played. You are all winners.
The Betmar Club and the Central District can heave a sigh of relief for a job well done. Me— I am going to treasure my hugs and look forward to the next Masters at St. Petersburg.
Have a safe journey if you are traveling North and enjoy your summer.
Linda Rebholz, FSA Secretary
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2019 F.S.A. Pro Masters Final Results

2019 F.S.A. Pro Masters Winners


Final Standings




Masters Volunteers 1Masters Volunteers 2


Pat Armendinger Fred Leger
Duane Bauer Judy Leger
Irene Bauer Kathy Lennox
Doug Blair Jackie Lowe
Tom Butzin Rick Marks
Dave Camp Bob Marshman
Gloria Canady Linda Marshman
Jerry Collins Butch Martucci
Tom Dumas Gary McGaffey
Norm Duprey Mary McLin
Glenna Earle Don McNeil
Judi Gearsbeck Lorraine Merrifield
Randall Gearsbeck Shirley Monger
Jackie Goguen Pauline Murphy
Allan Hammond Jack Norton
Jeanette Harvey Patty Norton
Ethal Hebron Neil Pearcy
Gay Herman Karen Rhodes
Ralph Herman Betty Russell
Sue Herman Peggy Savage
John Houghtaling Roger Scott
Lee Hutchins Jan Send
Bailey Johnson Henna Smith
Rick Johnson Harry Taylor
Laura Jones Sharon Thomas
Joanne LaVere Cindy Wood
Heidi Lawrence



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F.S.A. Pro Masters Standings – Round 6


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F.S.A. Pro Masters Standings – Round 4


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