2018 Snow Gauge – Wawa ☃️

Wawa Canadian Snow Gauge, Northern Lights Motel

We've been stacking Cases since 2004  😆🍺

Canadian snow Gauge Wawa

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Wawa has TONS of snow and the trails are open. ☃

Be sure to check Trail Status, Highway Closures and Wawa Weather before heading out. 😃

I’ve been overwhelmed trying to learn SO many new programs, GIMP & GravitDesigner, so that I can put Younger-Older photos together. It’s so much fun! I made a few already. 😄 But I’m not very good at it (YET). Each person should look like they are in the EXACT same light. And I need the same pixels. Get the proper tone, white balance, temperature, etc. And I must learn how to add shadows…. I hope to have amazing “Works of Art” in a few months. 🤓 

I also bought a beautiful underwater camera and it has a million buttons with as many settings. Yikes! It’s scary! I have to learn how to use it and the new software. 😬 I hope to be posting underwater ocean pics in a few weeks! 🌊

Snow Pics – February 13, 2019

February 8
February 8
February 7
The BBQ is buried and I can't find the Hot Tub 😳
February 4 - Snow Snow Snow ☃

The railing was FILLED with Redpolls, and when I opened the window, they all flew away. Our lone Fox Sparrow named Brownie, didn’t flinch. 😎He’s a cool dude. 

We feed 6 Whiskey Jacks (Canada Jays, Gray Jays) all day long. They are nesting now, and will have babies by May. 🐣

Our Bluejays, Ravens & Hairy Woodpeckers love when we toss peanuts out the window to them. 🥜😋

Jan 27
What Trails are Open?
What's the weather like?
How are the Highways?

The sun looked nice in town behind the thick cloud cover. I knew that I had to photograph it by the goose on my way home. 😃

Wawa Goose
Jan 23

January 22 – We are working on the 3rd Case! 

Jan 22

January 21

No change in snow depths, but the cold snap is OVER. Yay!  I was sad, taking photos of frosty birds & birds breath. I even had to give the squirrels toques. 😟

Pine Grosbeak

January 18, 2019

I'm having fun with my new web design theme and ribbons. 😝

January 17 - Wawa's trail system is open.

January 15th Snow Gauges

I always liked to photograph the Snow Gauge on the 1st and 15th of each month, so that I could make comparisons. There’s no pattern. When we didn’t have snow, everyone blamed Global Warming. When the ice ages came, they blamed it on Climate Change. 😆

We remember our first winter here, 2000, the trails were closed on February 27th 😯 and never reopened.

Jan 14th - Our pet squirrel, Fernie, decided to go for a Ride in the Mountains. 😜

Mo’s Cartoons & Motel Stories 😆

Mo's Cartoons & Some crazy Motel Experiences...

In 1993, I started my very own Custom Made Cartoon Website.

What a hoot that was! I drew hundreds of Cartoons for people around the world.

Catzaz Creations
1997 - My friends, Tom (Born to Fish), Teres & their daughter Nikki (The Dog hated ice fishing)
1993 - Chef John cooking up a storm

One we bought the Motel in 1999, there wasn’t any time to continue with the Custom-Made-Cartoon business.  But our Rooms and Houses have some Cartoons on the walls. I’ve managed to make a few cartoons over the years…

Hotel Motel Cartoon
Bear Hunters Northern Lights Motel
2001 - Bear Hunters at Chalet 1
Wawa Northern Lights Flood with Humour
2013 - We were closed for the season when disaster struck, but my cartoon got a few laughs
Mo's Sunday Hotel Cartoon

This is my self portrait from our first 3 Years of owning the Motel. We actually slept in our clothes, with the “VACANCY” sign on. But the cartoon is funnier drawn this way – 😁

hotel cartoon late check in

Crazy Hotel Scam from a Fellow in Guyana - 2008

Motel owners constantly deal with Scams, and 10 years ago, I thought that I might be able to get this fellow arrested. (But of course, looking back at it now, I understand that no one gets arrested.)

This guy from Guyana spent MANY hours on the phone with us, trying to book our whole Motel (16 Rooms & 3 Houses) for a month for his “Company” that was going to be in Wawa for business. We knew it was a scam, so we told him that it would cost $75,500.

The guy agreed and mailed us this cheque….

When we received the cheque, we gave it to the Wawa Police, but they had no use for it. They were just relieved that we did not get scammed.

The fellow phoned and asked us if we received, deposited, and if the cheque cleared. (A lot of people don’t realize that the bank will put this amount into your Account without the cheque clearing! Seriously… If Banks stopped doing this, many scams would no longer exist.)

To play along, we told the fellow that we received the cheque and that the Bank cleared it! Yay!

He was happy.

The next day, he phoned to cancel his reservation (Of course), and he wanted us to wire back all the money except for a few thousand that we could keep. How nice of him!!

So the gig was up, we laughed. I told the guy that we didn’t fall for his silly scam, and OH BOY….he was PISSED!! Screaming and Yelling at me….. threatening to SEND THE ROBBERS TO WAWA TO KILL US!!! Explaining that he knew who we were and where we lived because everything is on our Website.

I told him to tell the Robbers to bring LOTS of Bug Spray because it was Black-Fly season. 😂

I did feel the need to report this to a Canadian Anti-Fraud centre, and explained that the fellow threatened us. The funniest ending to the story was that the fellow at the Canadian Anti-Fraud centre said,

“You do not have to worry. No one is travelling to Wawa to hurt you…”

and added…

“I’ve BEEN to Wawa.” 

Free Breakfast Cartoon

Need Some Furniture?

In 2000, two young fellows driving a U-Haul, asked if they could see a room. (In the early years, without Online Reviews, many people asked to check the rooms first to make sure they were clean). I happily handed them a key, as I clean the rooms myself, and I was confident that they would stay.

After looking at the room, they came back to the office and said that they would take the Room. They filled out the Registration Card & paid Cash.

In the morning, we went to clean the room, opened the door, and the room was EMPTY. Everything was gone including my beautiful new beds. The Motel was full that evening, but they backed up the U-Haul to the door, and emptied Room 28, without anyone noticing.

We couldn’t believe it! Before this, the only thing anyone stole were the towels. We looked around, we were surprised that they left the towels and had showered?  John said, “Well yah. They must have been pretty sweaty after moving all that furniture!” LOL!

We shook our heads when we realized that they weren’t checking to see if the Room was clean – They were only checking to see if the furniture and beds were worth stealing. 😆 

Lake Superior 🏊‍♀️

Lake Superior Photos

I LOVE driving to Sault Ste Marie to visit family and friends. Driving through Lake Superior Park in the summer is a dream. I try to swim in every bay possible. In Winter, it’s like driving through a beautiful Christmas Card. Autumn – Spectacular! When I lived in Edmonton for 20 years, each time that I drove across the country, tears would run down my cheeks once I hit Lake Superior Park. Sure, it could have been from the fact that I just drove 30 hours myself (lol), but I remember the feeling, once I saw Old Woman Bay’s Cliff and spectacular view, I always asked myself “Why don’t I live here?” Fast forward to today….  Lake Superior Park is my backyard and I couldn’t be happier!

For Information on Lake Superior Park – Visit their Website http://www.lakesuperiorpark.ca

Hiking Trails – Wawa, Lake Superior Park, Potholes 

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