|Photo from the River Trek website|
Eston has been the home of many of my relatives over the years. Two of my relatives have been the mayor of this small community.
Eston is located at the junction of Highways 44 and 30 in West Central Saskatchewan. It is surrounded by some of the most productive farmland in the world; however, while the rain has been abundant this summer, the sun hasn't been. It's August 30th, and the crops still aren't ready.
The town of Eston has about 1,000 people. They have a pool, a community centre, restaurants, pharmacy, grocery store, churches, schools, senior's home, hotel, museum, bible college, and a health centre amongst other businesses and attractions. The town is really close to the South Saskatchewan river, which also gives them access to another pool, the Riverside Regional Park's golf course, campground and cottages. A Gopher statue sits at the end of Main Street to celebrate Eston as the Home of the World Gopher Derby.
Eston is also close to the mini-badlands that are "South of Gap," a location recently used for the filming of The Englishman's Boy.
I've spent much time in Eston over the years. It may not be the biggest town, but it has a lot going on. As kids, we would explore the town always knowing we would be able to find our way back to my grandparents', since they lived near the water tower.
I also remember the year I was 16, and walked to the fair grounds with my dad. Everyone seemed to know him, wanted to see how he was doing, and many mistook me for my mom. At that age, I felt pretty special to be seen as so much older... and I think my mom didn't mind the complement, either!
I've managed to walk 20 plus miles twice, but I need to get "practicing" for next year!
I haven't spent as much time in the town as I'd like over the last few years. It was great to be there this weekend.