In a previous post I reported on reserving yurts at Spruce Woods Provincial Park for the full moons May through August. My plan is to do moonlight hikes on the Spirit Sands on every full moon of the summer. Ah, the best laid plans…
Yesterday I received a call from the provincial parks call centre saying that Kichi Manitou campground where the yurts are would be closed due to flooding until June 17, the day after my second reservation. Damn!
The Assiniboine River runs through the park and it is expected to create substantial flooding along much of its course after the spring thaw, which is now underway. Although the yurts are on an elevated section of the campground well away from flooding, the entrance and camping area will likely be underwater. Contrite and mostly professional, the provincial parks guy refunded my money after suggesting alternative dates. Unfortunately, he couldn’t reschedule the full moon.
The Assiniboine flows through Brandon before it reaches Spruce Woods Park. In recent years, the flat land in the valley in Brandon have been “developed” into a dreadful third mall from the sun big boxorama. There is much concern the whole thing might be swept away should the thaw come too quickly. Additionally, at least one Brandon golf course will be flooded, a dire event many are interpreting as a sure sign of the Endtimes.
Sorry, folks. Not the Endtimes. Just our usual hubris, the obvious result of following through on a half-bright notion, like building anything on a floodplain. The same notion applied to the same floodplain created the same hubris when the site for Winnipeg was chosen. Every spring Winnipeggers heave a sigh of relief and doff to Duff (Roblin) for his vision to build the floodway that keeps the city safe from flooding. By the way, when Duff broached the idea of the floodway, people thought he had gone insane.