Blue Sky, Clouds and Rain

June – July, 2018, Blue Ridge, Georgia

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Camp Alexander Greeter

Hello from North Georgia!! Yes, we are still here at Camp Alexander and enjoying every minute of it. What’s not to love, we live amongst the pine and oak trees, in the middle of 6 acres of piece and quiet. The only sounds are the birds chirping and fighting with the squirrels for their daily ration of bird seed and sunflower seeds and LaciLou chasing the squirrels up into the trees.

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look what I found hiding in the bushes, looks like a baby getting ready to fly

The nights are still nice and cool, 60’s, the windows are open, a nice breeze is flowing thru, we fall asleep to the chorus of the whippoorwills, the crickets and cicadas.

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taken from my car along the highway

The days so far have been a little of everything, mornings are bright and sunny with nice white fluffy clouds. By the afternoons there is usually dark clouds and thunder, lightening with lots of rain…

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it is so green with all the rain

with all the rain comes lots of wonderful green ferns, berry bushes, native azaleas, magnolias, mountain laurels, rhododendrons and numerous other green things.

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Occoee River, Tenn

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Mallori and Craig in the Occoee

Two of our grandkids came camping with us for a couple of weeks while their parents were in Mexico. Living in a 30′ fifth wheel is perfect for 2 people, adding 2 kids, 2 blow up mattresses and all their paraphernalia sure makes a difference. Sharing 6 gals of hot water with 4 people did become a challenge, but the kids made a game out of how long each person took and tried to take the shortest shower.

 

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Mallori and Craig camping on the floor

They sure kept us hopping and trying to come up with fun things to do while they were here. Guy and I haven’t played so many board games since our kids were small. There were campfires, marshmallows, kayaking, swimming in the lake and driving the side by side. They also loved playing in the Ocoee River, where the Olympics held the first kayak races. There are lots of rocks to climb on as well as swimming. A fun time was had by all….they have called us a few times now wanting to know when can they come back…

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Poppie and Craig having some boy time kayaking

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moving trees along the driveway

We had a great and quiet 4th of July. Where Camp Alexander is located there are 3 states within a 30 min drive. There are also 6 small rural towns within that area, this year every one of the towns had parades and fireworks, all on different days and nights. We choose to stay close to home and decided to watch the Blue Ridge fireworks on Saturday night. Usually the fireworks are shot off by the marina but the decision was made to shoot them off at the dam.

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Happy Independence Day

We decided to pay $10.00 to park in a field by the Taccoa River right below the dam.  We took our chairs and some adult beverage and just relaxed and talked to those around us. It turned out to be an awesome place to watch. I’m sure that word will get out about this field so next year it will be pretty crowded. It’s alright with us as we hope to be in Canada.

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One of the things that we had done before we went full time, was purchase Trek Bikes. They hung on for dear life on the back of our Class A for 2 years, we rarely used them. We finally put them in storage and forgot about them. In January, we went to the Tampa Rv Show, well, Trek was there showing off their new E (electric) bikes. Yup, we tried them out and really liked them. We walked away! Fast forward to June….Guy and I decided to walk around the little town of Blue Ridge and have lunch. The first store we walk up to is Pedego E Bikes….the end of the story is, they delivered our 2 new bikes that afternoon. Our good friends Marty and Debra had mentioned that they would like our old ones, so they are now the proud owners of our Treks.

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our sweet new E bikes

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love our helmets we got while in Sturgis, Sth Dakota, we also use them in the side by side 

We have so enjoyed these bikes…we are going places and seeing more of the surrounding area than we did in the car. With our old bikes we mainly rode them on flat land, now we can go anywhere. If you have never investigated E bikes,  here is a little something on them: an E bike is just like a regular bike, only better. Ours have 10 speeds, a pedal assist, and a throttle for more power. The bikes can go up to 20mph which depends on the terrain, level of pedaling, rider weight. The pedal assist has 6 speeds, 1-5 work while pedaling, 6 is throttle only, but uses more battery. The assist program also keeps track of your miles, also has a timer and speedometer.

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We met Eldon, 92 and Stan 86, brother in laws, on the road, who have lived in the area since 1975. It was great talking with them and hearing about the area and how much has changed.

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private lake along our bike route

The motor works only when you are pedaling, the assist part starts if the bike feels like you are having trouble pedaling. I’m telling you going up some of these hills is now a piece of cake!! Guy and I have been riding these bikes at least 3-4 days a week and seriously we have done between 25-35 miles every time we ride. Our neighbor, Peggy, who bike rides, was so impressed with the bikes that she purchased a mountain bike for herself and now rides with us.

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the view from the top of a hill not far from Camp Alexander

The pictures are from a few of our rides around the area of Morganton, Blue Ridge and Chattahoochee National Forest, Ga. We try to find forest service roads that are mostly gravel with little or no traffic, or the out of the way roads that have old farms or houses still standing or vegetable and animal farms.

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notice the flag

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Church outreach community garden

One of our favorite and longest rides (35 miles) is in the Chattahoochee National Forest along the forest service road which follows Laurel Creek and Noontootla Creek. There are 2 hikes half way up the mountain one up to Long Creek Falls, the 2nd along  Laurel Creek.

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love the old barns

There is nothing better than riding along a dirt road after a rain, the smell of wet dirt, pines trees or the sweet fresh smell of cut alfalfa / hay and freshly mowed grass. The sweet smell of the flowers blooming.

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someones home from long ago

Riding along the stream, listening to the water flow over the rocks, the ferns swaying as the water flows by. Being startled as a hawk takes off from the limb of a tree and swoops over your head.

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The sun rays coming thru the leaves of the trees and little droplets of water landing on your arms. Stopping along a fence and watching the horses or cows in the fields munching on grass. Making a fool out of yourself as you call or whistle at them hoping to get a reaction…my husband just shaking his head!!

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interesting fungus

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love these mushrooms

Biking along the forest service road there was a sign for Hickory Flatts Cemetery,  we decided to head out and have our lunch. We really didn’t know how far it would be (turns out is was 5 miles) or what to expect when we headed that way. It turned out to be an interesting stop.

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We were surprised at how many markers were in the cemetery.  It was so sad that the  dates and names had worn away on the markers, there were a few markers with dates still on the markers. They were of residents who were born and raised in the area, and had died 20 or so years ago. This is also a stopping point for anyone hiking the Appalachian Trail.

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covered shelter for hikers of the Appalachian Trail

A large covered structure has been built with tables and seating, a restroom facility and fire pit for hikers to use for a short rest or as an over night stop.  The New Bethel Church sponsors drinks and food to share with hikers.  There were 2 couples in their late 70’s there waiting for hikers with ice chests full of drinks and food to share, they also had a nice fire going in the fire pit.

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The town of Blairsville which is 12 miles east of us was having a Pro Rodeo at the Union County Saddle Club. Sounded like a fun time so we rounded up a few neighbors, Chuck and Dee, Bo and Debbie and Peggy and off we went. Of course, food comes first, we headed for the Armadillo Cafe, which was a great hit to all.

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The rodeo started off with a prayer, then the National Anthem, while the Sass ‘n Saddle Precision Drill Team rode around the ring with each rider holding American Flags. It was such a wonderful time being with our neighbors and sharing this experience.

Guy and I thank you all for following along on our journey in this wonderful life we live. Everyday is such a blessing, we are so blessed to be able to do what we do and love sharing with everyone. Please take time to leave us a message as we love hearing from you and appreciate any and all comments.

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Hanging in the Smokies

Feb – June 1, 2018
Camp Alexander, Blue Ridge, Ga

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Wow!! I cant believe it is June already, where has this year gone….my last post was in January!! I kept telling myself that there wasn’t much to write about and who would want to read about the everyday life here in Blue Ridge? Then I was going thru the pictures on my cell phone, how surprised I was at all the fun places we have explored in the last few months and decided I needed to update y’all.

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awesome barn

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beautiful view of the surrounding mountains

We are still hanging here at Camp Alexander, much to our dismay. The new truck had been done since January and was waiting for us at Classy Chassis, Valapariso, Indiana. With the weather and health problems there has just not been a convenient time to head to Indiana. We finally flew on May 10th, to Chicago to pick up the truck, then headed to the RV Factory for a meeting about the new 5th wheel and the changes. We also drove down to Shipshewana, Indiana for a short visit and dinner with JoLinda and Craig. They camp host and do odd jobs at the Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market summers.

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picking up our truck from Tom Martin at Classy Chassis

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of course, all new trucks must get washed

No”, in case you were wondering, our 5th wheel has not even been started!!! The new frame design, which will be stronger, took longer than anticipated. We finally got the call May 19th that they have ordered the frame. With a new frame also comes changes in walls, windows, cabinets, electrical and anything else you can think of. We needed to start over designing what we wanted as there were so many awesome changes. We knew this would be a little wait but did not realize it would be 6 months just to start the prototype. If all goes well they say we should have it by mid September, which will be 1 year since we ordered it.

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prototype frame

After we picked up our truck we headed out to South Dakota to get our driver licenses and register the truck. We ended up going thru 13 states in 13 days by the time we landed  back in Ga. We did stop along the way to see a few places we have been to before, like the Corn Palace, Custer State Park, Wall Drug and Pactola Lake.

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Corn Palace in Mitchell, Sth Dakota, the murals are all done with corn cobs, they redesigned and are changed every year. This year there are 13 different colors and shades used.

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“Dignity” in Chamberlain, Sth Dakota along the Missouri River, can you see me?

 

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I needed to see the Buffalo in Custer State Park, we saw hundreds of them all over the park. It was sad to see the effects of the fire that lightening started last year.

 

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We were about 20 miles away and still in the Custer State Park

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Pactola Lake, Black Hills, Sth Dakota

We took a ride to meet up with friends, Les and Sue that we had last seen in Quartzite, Az 2 years before. They write a blog: The Rambling RV Rat, which is written by POPO, the rambling rat…sitting in the middle of Guy and I. LaciLou is sitting on POPO’s lap. Les and Sue are camp hosts for the next 4 months at Pactola Lake, in the Black Hills of Sth Dakota. We wished we had our 5er and could have stayed, it was a super campground and even had a few sites that can handle a big rig. There is a 14 day limit, there is no electricity, with lots of trees, so could be hard to use solar.

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On our way back to Alabama I had read that our special friends, Steve and Paul were in Kansas and heading west. I sent a text asking where they were and if we were close enough to meet up.  Lo and behold, they were about 500 miles from us heading in the direction we were headed. We planned to meet up for dinner and drinks. They arrived at their campground just about 1/2 hr before we arrived at our hotel, love it when plans work out.

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We have certainly enjoyed our time here in Blue Ridge, but as we read our friends blogs and what they are experiencing, we get a little envious and want to get on the road. We surely have not been sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves but have been keeping pretty busy.

Our friends, Cori and Greg were in Greenville, South Carolina, holding a few Rv seminars at the  Camping World RV show.  We decided not to pass up the opportunity to see them and headed there to spend the weekend, eating, drinking and enjoying each others company.

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our new greeter to Camp Alexander, “Yogi”

We spent time with our long time friends Marty and Debi and the manatees in Crystal River, Florida. We also attended the Super Tampa RV Show.

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We have spent lots of time cutting firewood and falling dead trees

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these are just 2 of the 6 piles we have

Had great times with our kids and grands, celebrating new homes and 6  birthdays. We have one more birthday left and that would be our grandson, Ryan’s, 18th in August.

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our son, Stephen, Cari (our sons girlfriend), grandson Ryan and me

 

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Craigs 9th birthday

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Mallori celebrated her 14th birthday

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Mallori, Jason, Craig and Kristi

We helped our son paint and do some repairs to his new home in Auburn, Al

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One of the first things he did was hang his American Flag

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Enjoyed many campfires, music and potlucks with our neighbors and friends

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our new neighbor Peggy in Blue Ridge

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enjoying special time with Sharon and David playing and singing

 

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David

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Guy and David helping themselves to cookies

We tried taking a 15 day cruise and getting kicked off the cruise on day 5 in Granada, with a hospital stay thrown in.

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Bob and Jo visited from Florida on their way to Alaska. They owned the cabin across the street from Camp Alexander but decided to go full time and sold to Peggy. They owned the cabin for 6 years and figured that they spent less than 1 year at the cabin.

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Bob and Jo were driving out our driveway when they had a regeneration problem which caused the engine to stall and roll backwards 20′ which caused the wheels to go over the edge and almost down a 12’ embarkment. The regeneration problem is caused by carbon and waste in the exhaust system.  The tow truck driver was excellent, not a scratch or any damage after getting them out.

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Yikes

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the tow truck guys hooked cables around our trees, one to the front and one to the back of the rv and pulled out them sideways and forward

We have done some small hikes checking out the area waterfalls and  taking friends to the highest point in Ga, Brasstown Bald, elevation 4,783.

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Brasstown Bald, with Lake Chatuge,  South Carolina behind us

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We got to take our little yellow Honda out of storage and enjoy the top down

Our daughter, her husband and kids brought up their TT for 4 days over Memorial weekend, which was a busy weekend. The weather man said the storm “Alberto”  was on its way, 65 mile an hour winds, with 3-5’s of rain and possible flooding, tornados could also arrive. That sure didn’t bother us, we decided to plan and play anyway.

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some pictures of the town of Blue Ridge

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Blue Ridge Scenic Train, goes from Blue Ridge to McCaysville about a 2 hr ride along the Tacoa river

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Blue Ridge Scenic railway station

We walked around downtown Blue Ridge, checked out the boutique stores, the beer joints, stopped at the Vine for wine, then hit up the Fightingtown Brewery for burgers and fries. The next day we attended the Art Festival being held in the downtown park. Yes, things were purchased, bracelets, bow and arrow set and a black and white picture of the Eiffel Tower for Mallori. Later that night we went to the Monster truck show, the clouds were really black and rolling but no rain, until we got in the trucks to leave.

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it was extremely hot and humid and as you can see extremely dusty!!                                                  You can imagine how red we all were when we left.

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the dust was flying

 

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The last day they were here,  Guy and Jason decided to cut down 3 more dead trees. We had been teaching Mallori to drive the buggy around the neighborhood, so the guys decided to use her to drive the buggy and drag the trees down the driveway. We are having gravel delivered so we can line the driveway to make it wider. We placed tree trunks along the driveway to hopefully help keeping tires on the roadway.

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Mallori dragging the tree trunk

 

For the first time Guy and I  will be here at Camp Alexander thru all four seasons. Fall was absolutely beautiful, the colors were so vibrant.

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Spring was very short lived, 50’s during the day with nights in the 20’s, summer has come in with a bang, we have gone into the 80’s over night!! We are in the south so along with the 80’s comes humidity.

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Hwy 515

Winter was the longest, coldest and whitest on record of snow (10 1/2”), the temps went down into the the single digits.

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Camp Alexander

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smokey mountains

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sunset over Lake Blue Ridge

Guy has added a lean too against his garage to house his side by side buggy. He also purchased a trailer to haul tools and firewood around the property and around the neighborhood.

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the side by side with its new trailer

We have sure enjoyed our time here at Camp Alexander and the surrounding area. There is plenty more for us to explore, it should be a great summer while we patiently wait for our new home. Until next time y’all have a “Blessed Week”

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Catching up with the Rovers

September 10, 2017 thru January 2018

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the beautiful site we came back to in September

The Rovers have had a wonderful 2017 summer spending 6 weeks with our great friends Gary and Carolyn who are from St Augustine, checking out NY, NJ, Vermont, Maine, touring the Canadian Maritimes for 60 days with new friends from Adventure Caravans, traveling over 4,000 miles and a fantastic week with the cousins, Dawn and Bob, Paul and George, enjoying Kingston, New Hampshire and the Cozy nest on Plum Island, Mass.

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the colors were to vibrant in Blue Ridge

Guys heart doctor from Alabama called while we were in New Jersey and wanted us to return. They wanted to tell us that the monitor that keeps track of his pacemaker/defibilator was showing that the batteries and or the devise needed to be updated. Yikes!!! We explained our travel schedule for the summer, was it imperative that we return then (May) or could we wait until we got back in September. We were told to be in the office on Sept 20, and keep the activity minimal. It was a two fold relief for us that we didn’t need to change our schedule but at the same time it was unnerving.

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we took a ride to the higher altitudes in North Carolina

We had an extra week before needing to head to Birmingham, so after our cousin time, we looked at each other, both thinking where did we want to go…..we decided on the Hershey RV show. I got on the phone calling campgrounds all over, we finally found one an hour away from the show in Gettysburg. Of course, as we were heading there alarms were going off on the dash board of the coach, neither one of us could figure out what was happening, there was nothing in the maintenance books about it either. We taped it and played it back to the maintenance department at Monaco, they didn’t have any idea either…hmmm…what to do….and making the decision to keep heading to Gettysburg. We played with all the bells and whistles on the dash and on the side panel…finally…Guy figured it out…the tire monitors…they were showing that a battery had died!!

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camping amongst the horses

 

Both of us were so tired from all the traveling we did over the summer that we just relaxed and never did go check out Gettysburg and all the history of our country. The campsite we had was surrounded by horse corrals, there were about 50 horses that could wander between the corrals. It was great sitting in our chairs, wine in hand, just watching the horses.

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I don’t think he liked his picture taken

We did manage to roust up enough energy to attend the RV show…this is where our life makes a big change. If you have been reading our blog for any length of time you know we have a polaris razor side x side that we wench up on the top or our truck. It is a time consuming and difficult to rope down, we tend to not use it as much because of that. Guy also needs to climb around the top of the truck and buggy tying it down.

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don’t know who shot this picture but it shows how the buggy was on the truck

We started looking for an easier way of taking the buggy with us, and making it easier to load and unload. While at the RV show we looked at the new model motorhomes that have a garage under the bedroom, where the master bed moves up and down when the buggy is there in the garage. But much to our dismay they are not wide enough. We then started looking at all the many brands of toy haulers, which to us did not seem to be made for full time living. We finally decided on the RV Factory, our main reason for this decision was our ability to design the rig our way and make it more full time friendly.

They only build 5th Wheels if they are preordered…and build the way you want…so we got to design ours the way we want, colors of cabinets, flooring, counters and everything in-between. We upgraded the suspension, tires, springs, brakes, outside steps, and many other things…. our new 5th wheel won’t be ready until April/May. Since our meeting in September, we met with the RV Factory again with many changes between them and us
(all for the good)…it will delay the build slightly.

While at the show we happened upon Tom of Classy Chassis Custom Trucks. They make Rv style Aluminum Hauler Bed Conversions which we will have done on our new 450 Ford dually.

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making the new body for the back

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almost finished, just need to add the red strips to match the new RV

Things have moved pretty fast since then, we finally landed in Birmingham, Alabama and parked at the Hoover Met for a few weeks while Guy had his surgery. Things went great, they put in a new pacemaker/defibrillator with all new batteries and new leads into his heart. He now feels so much better and has so much more energy and back to his old self.

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our daughter Kristi and Guy after surgery

We are happy to report on his last check up there have been no new episodes of A-Fib or VTech.  He also was rechecked for cancer with it also coming back great. We have one last Doctor appointment before we are back on the road and we are looking forward to heading out on this amazing journey.

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out to dinner with our son, Stephen

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our 17 yr old grandson, Ryan

It was great being near our daughter, Kristi and son in law Jason and grandkids for the few weeks we were there in Birmingham. We attended their soccer, basketball and volleyball games, had wonderful dinners together and even had the grands over to spend the night in the coach. Of course, there are those Dad things that need to get done, our daughter found a great deal on antique tin hanging lamps, it took awhile to figure out how to hang them from a single whole in the ceiling but with 6 brains working at once…it is up!!

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hanging an antique light in dinning room, how many people does it take to hang it? 

 

Our son had ordered new shoes for the coach at his shop in Auburn, Al, so we camped close to his shop.  We spent time with our son, Stephen and his girl Cari and Ryan our grandson, having dinner one night at the campsite and going out to the restaurant where our grandson works, Vendatoris.

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Stephen and Cari

We then headed to Camp Alexander in Blue Ridge, Georgia where we still are and will be until our new toy hauler and truck are ready to pick up. Our friends Steve and Paul came to Camp Alexander to hang with us for a couple of days as they made their way over to Texas for the winter. We have mutual friends, Karen and Al, me thru her blog and friends on Facebook,  Steve and Paul thru Key West where they both own RV lots.  Karen and Al also have an RV lot in Blairsville, Ga about 12 miles from us. We invited them over for drinks and a campfire, then headed to our favorite pizza joint, Cucina Rustica. It was a great night of laughter and stories.

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Steve and Paul

 

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Karen and Al

We put our coach on the market and sold it about one month later to a wonderful couple from Virginia. They came to get right when we were having a snow storm, which they are used to driving in snow, but had Guy take out of our community as the road is pretty narrow with lots of curves. It was a bittersweet moment, we enjoyed the time we spent living in it and traveling in it was pretty easy. But we are on to new adventures with the 5th wheel, we hope to boondock a lot more as we won’t be as heavy, the 5th will also be a lot lighter.

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As you know our coach is our only home….what were we going to live in now? We scoured the papers, and the internet looking for something used, we found a really great 2008 Cedar Creek 30’ 5th wheel, had it delivered and moved onto our lot. It has been an easy adjustment moving from 45’ to 30’, except for 2 issues, 6 gal water heater and 30 amps!! I keep blowing the circuits every time I turn on the blow dryer, coffee maker, toaster or blender while the electric heater is running!!!

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our home for a few months while waiting for our new toy

This year so far has been the coldest November and December in years, we have had 10″s of snow, temps down below 0 with the wind chill, freezing rain and ice. Our little 5th wheel has been really warm, no frozen pipes. Our neighbor and I have been walking the mile around our community with a snow day making it more fun…can anyone say

“Snow Angels” 

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our driveway looking back at the little 5th wheel

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Lacilou loving the snow

My girlfriend, Kathi came to hang with us for a month before she headed west and back to California in her coach. She has been traveling since August, following the same trip we had taken thru the Maritimes. We had a marvelous time enjoying our girlie talks, campfires and sitting outside until the snow came and her little rig froze, even after unplugging everything and keeping heaters on her pipes. She didn’t unfreeze until she left the mountain and headed into Alabama to see more friends.

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the little lake at the begging of the community

It has been 4 years since I have decorated for Christmas, since we were stationary, I decided a tree would be awesome. When we went to our daughters for Thanksgiving,  we got in her attic and there was an awesome small fake tree with my name on it….Walmart had lights, bulbs and ribbon that were just right for my (her) little tree. I also snagged some garland and ribbons to decorate the inside with. But decided the tree was enough and took it all back. We went to our daughters for Christmas so two days before we left I took it all down…I guess it will be my last time to decorate for a while…we usually leave our RV in Bullhead City at my sisters and drive the truck back to Al for Christmas.

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We have been having a wonderful time since being back and have kept pretty busy…so come on back and check out our time here…

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Cozy Cottage with Cousins

 

Sept 5, 2017, 247 miles
Wakeda Campground, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire

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Paula, Sue and Dawn

Normally our mornings on a travel day as pretty relaxed, but this morning I was ready to leave and get to our next site early as it was time to get together with the cousins.  My Cousin Dawn had called and wanted to come meet us at the campground when we arrived. She had researched all the campgrounds in the area and picked this one out for us, she thought it was the nicest in the area and close to her.

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farmers market

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pumpkins for sale

We were almost set up, which was a good thing because when all 4 of them, Cousin Dawn and Bob, Cousin Paula and George arrived,  it became a 3 ring circus with us all talking and laughing at once. Within minutes we were standing by a group of flowers with a selfie stick taking pictures of us girls and sending them to my sister, Penny who was unable to be there. The guys have decided to get out chairs and chat outside while we are goofing around. Next thing we know the door opens and George brings in a bottle of white wine…yea…he knows us girls.

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Guy, Sue, George, Paula, Dawn and Bob

Dawn is a planner and a thinker, she had been noodling what would be fun things to see and do while we all were together. So right away before we could blink our eyes, we were off….she had us packing our bags for a 3 day trip….now mind you we just traveled 247 miles in our home….this campground is costing $50.00 a nite and we are….what taking a trip….but first we are off to see something wonderful…

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yup…its a beautiful field of sunflowers…we, of course need a couple hundred pictures…from no less than 4 phones, and a camera…

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our view of Salisbury Marina from “The Deck”

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By this time we are all starving….Dawn has plans….we head to “The Deck” which is located at the bridge marina in Salisbury, Mass. It was such a wonderful night, a full moon, lots of stars, just the right temp, no sweaters needed. We sat outside overlooking the marina with the hundreds of boats anchored, swaying with the ripples in the water. You could hear the seagulls squawking as they walked along the wharf. Our dinner was excellent, Guy had ordered mussels which were so good Paula and I almost ordered another round.

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salt marsh with the tide out

Off we went headed to the cottage on Plum Island, which is off the coast of Newburyport. Newburyport is a small coastal city, of about 17, 500 residents. The city of Newburyport, had fallen into disrepair back in the 1960’s almost loosing the old historic colonial charm of the old buildings. In the 1970’s the historic downtown section was renovated and is used as an example for city’s around the country with renovations. The town, of course, offers many restaurants, and retain shops. Many of the colonial residences have widow’s walks, structures on the roof where the residents could watch for the return of sailing ships. Nearly every home has a splendid flower garden. Many of the homes are built right up to the sidewalks.

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salt marsh between Newburyport and Plum Island

Newburyport is on the south bank of the Merrimack River and between the salt marshes. Newburyport is 37 miles northeast of Boston and just 5 miles south the the New Hampshire border.

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tides out

Off the coast of Newburyport is Plum Island, accessible by a causeway that crosses over the salt marshes, where the Plum Island river connect to the mouth of the Merrimack River. Plum Island is a barrier island, and is approximately 11 miles in length. The island got its name from the beach plum shrubs that grown on the dunes.

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6:00am getting ready for the 1st cup of coffee and sunrise

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LaciLou loves the freedom of running on the beach

When on the beach at Plum island you can look from one end to the other and find nothing but beautiful beige sand, sea grass, and birds. While we were there we were the only ones on the beach which was just a 3 min walk from the cottage.

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I don’t know how to describe the cottage but to say we all love being there. It is nothing fancy, but it is warm and homey. The bedroom walls don’t all reach the ceiling so when sleeping we do hear someone snoring…someone roll over…someone getting up…but it’s just like the show the Walton’s when at the end….you hear “good night John Boy”. Yup, that’s how it is.

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The Cozy Cottage

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cozy livingroom

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the cozy kitchen

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the cozy porch/dinning room

We spent 3 days at the beach cottage, walking the beach, playing a New England style version of corn hole, had hair cuts, the guys went to “When Plgs Fly” bread store for lunch, the girls walked to a friends house, took pictures and then all too soon it was time to leave.

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some of the beach houses on the beach

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Our 3 days went by so fast, Paula and George needed to leave as they were headed to Texas to grandchild sit for a week. Guy, I and Lacilou headed to the coach to drop off our clothes then headed to Dawn and Bobs for a nice quiet dinner on their back deck. The weather was just perfect, no bugs, no rain, just a slight breeze. We all enjoyed wonderful steaks, great conversation, and Dawn and Bob’s beautiful home.

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Friday, we took a ride up the coast to Ogunquit, Maine, so we could walk along Marginal Way, which is a mile long pathway that extends from downtown Oqunquit to the docks at Perkins Cove. The path is along the rocky edge of the cliff that surrounds the ocean.

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hotel, beach club and restaurant

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very exclusive hotel

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my favorite house on the walk

The view is astounding, overlooking the crashing waves hitting the very rocky shoreline, the fresh air blowing in your face, the smell of the ocean, the smell of the roses along the path, the beautiful homes that overlook the path and ocean.

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We left the guys sitting on one of the many benches that line the pathway, while Dawn and I did the entire walk. Once we reached Perkins Cove we did not head straight back but looked through some of the many tourist stores. Both of us did not take our phones and wanted a ride back, ended up borrowing a very nice man’s phone to call Guy….not knowing that he had also walked behind us but lost us when we went into the stores and had headed back to where Bob was sitting.

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Sandy, Walt, Guy and Sue

That night Guy and I were meeting up with my mom’s half sister, Sandy and her husband Walt. We had not seen each other since I was about 17 or 18, we think!! She and her dad Walter (my granddad) came from Mass to California for a visit. They also have a passion for camping and traveling in an RV and have put their home on the market and would also like to live in their coach as full timers. We had plenty to talk about and decided that one dinner was not near enough time together.

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love this car. I have always wanted one

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Saturday was a busy day as Dawn found a wine tasting and car show at Mill River Winery in Rowley, Mass. We started off with a nice glass of wine while looking at the antique cars, and also walked thru the grape vines.

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AppleCrest Farms

On the way home we stopped at  AppleCrest Farms where there was a fall festival going on. We walked thru the market checking out the fruits and veggies, listened to a band playing, watched the kids making scarecrows, outside there was wonderful array pumpkins and squash.

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I had been saying all week I wanted whole fried clams, we decided to head to Woodman’s Seafood Restaurant in Ipswich, Mass. I have to say the clams were awesome, but so many I could hardly eat them all.

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whole fried clams and they were so yummy!!

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“When Pigs Fly” awesome bread store with every kind of bread you can imagine

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Guy and I bought sourdough, apple cinnamon, garlic olive and cranberry walnut!!! Yummy

Well, our week with family was over and time for us to head to Gettysburg, PA to attend the RV Super show….yup, big changes are going to happen…..stay tuned to find out….Until then y’all have a Blessed Day!!

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Bar Harbor, Maine

Sept 2, 2017, 185 miles
Hadley’s Point Campground, Bar Harbor, Maine

Its been 60 days traveling with the Adventure Caravan group and time to be on our own. Our day started with everyone gathering at Will and Cindy’s coach for donuts and coffee for our last morning together. Slowly each couple walked away and drove to their next destination. Guy and I had decided to head back to Bar Harbor, Maine to spend the holiday weekend. Which meant we had come full circle, as we had ended our trip with Carolyn and Gary and started the Canadian trip all from Maine.

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Mount Desert Island is the largest island off the coast of Maine with 108 sq miles. It is also the second largest on the eastern seaboard. It is widely known as Acadia National Park. The area draws 2-2.5 million of visitors and by far out numbers the 10,615 residents. There is only one road on and off the island, which can be bumper to bumper traffic taking hours to drive. There are transit buses that will take visitors to many of the sites on the island.

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When we made reservations to stay out on the island at Hadley’s Campground, we knew that being the labor day holiday, traffic would be bad. There was so many areas we had not seen while we were there over the July 4th celebration. One place was Cadillac Mountain, so we got up early and headed up to the mountain, which is located on Mount Desert Island. It is 1,529 feet and the highest point in Hancock County. From Oct through March of each year Cadillac Mountain is the first place to view a sunrise in the United States, we did not get up early enough to see the sunrise.

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We had also not gone near Bar Harbor over the July 4th holiday due to the traffic and the crowds.  We wanted to walk thru town, check out the stores and have a nice dinner. Bar Harbor is a seaside resort on the northeastern side of Mount Desert Island, there were many boats sitting in the harbor, just bobbing in the water. We also could see that a cruise ship was docked out off the shore, with the whole ship walking the town. One of the boats off shore had been there for over 30 days and was rumored to be owned by a Russian Oil Magnate.

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Our friends, Paul and Steve were also staying in the area, so since Monday, Sept 4, was our 47 th wedding anniversary, we called them to see if they wanted to spend our anniversary with us. We walked around the town looking for a nice place to eat and decided on Jack Russell’s Steak House and Brewery. The restaurant looked like it used to be  someones home and was redesigned as a restaurant, we sat up stairs and enjoyed a great dinner and more important wonderful conversation with some awesome friends.

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Steve and Paul taken on the Cabot trail

Our stop on the island was short, we got a lot done, Guy washed the very dirty coach and truck, while I finally did 8 loads of laundry and cleaned the inside of the coach. We were heading to New Hampshire to meet up with my Cousin Dawn and Uncle Bob, Cousin Paul and George. We have always tried to get together once a year but since Guy and I went on the road, I’m sad to say we haven’t been able to, so I was looking forward to this visit.

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Come on back to check on all the trouble our little family gets into in Kingston, New Hampshire. Until then y’all have a Blessed Day.

 

Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick

August 30, 2017, 125 miles,                                                                                                     Ponderosa Pines Campground, Hopewell, New Brunswick

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the tide is out

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the rocks are called “Flower Pots” tide is out

Today was a 125 mile travel day. After spending one night in Turo we packed up and left about 8:30 am, and arrived at the Ponderosa Pines campground in Hopewell New Brunswick. Most of the drive was on good road except for the last 24 miles of road along the Fundy Bay. That road made me think I was back in Newfoundland it was so rough and pothole ridden.

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love all the rock formations

This campground is located less than 1 mile from the Hopewell Provincial Park. This is the park that contains the famous Hopewell Rocks (Flower Pots) that are in the Fundy bay at low tide.  Once everyone arrived, we all car pooled to the park to see the rocks at low tide.  A park ranger met us there and took us for a walk along the shoreline while explaining why the Fundy bay has the highest tides in the world and also talked about the rock formations that stand tall in the bay.

 

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Depending on the alignment of the moon and sun tide levels vary from around 34 feet to maximum height of almost 52 feet.  We arrived at the park at 1:45pm just after the 1:17pm low tide. The shoreline was wide which gave us plenty or room where we could walk for almost a mile along it. After our tour we left the park around 3:30pm and returned to the campground.

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Since high tide was to be at 7:30pm today we all headed back to the park at 5:45pm. We were told we could stay until the park closed at 7pm.  When we got back it was amazing to see how much the tide had already risen.

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water rising, notice the change from the picture above

 

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water getting higher

The Ranger there told us that at 6pm the tide was already 31.4 feet higher than when we had been there earlier.  He said at 7:30 today the high point would be 34.6 feet.  As we walked along a much smaller shoreline we could see the tide creeping ever so slowly closer to us. By 6:30 pm most of the shoreline was under water and people were heading for the stairway to take them up to the top of the cliffs.

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the stairway 

The stairway to the top is 100 steps with a couple of viewing platforms along the way. We stopped at the lowest platform to watch the tide rising. It was easy to see the huge changes 5 minutes would make. All in all it was a very interesting day.

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our view from our coach, again another awesome view

 

Today was our last official travel day with the Adventure Caravan group. We drove 106 miles from Hopewell, NB to Saint John, NB.  Saint John is the 2nd largest city in NB. We will be here for 2 nights and then the Adventure Caravan part of our trip is over.

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The weather was cool with a high of about 60 and we had a few rain showers throughout the day.  This morning started off with coffee & Tim Horton donuts provided by the staff then at 9:30 we boarded a bus for a tour of the city.  The driver was very knowledgeable about the city and the sights. We visited the Market Square, Carleton Martello Tower and Reversing Fallsview Park.  He also drove by many of the historic sites and homes around the city and explained the different types of architecture we were seeing.

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Carleton Martello Tower

Some of the things we saw were very significant in the history of the town.  St. John is the oldest city in Canada. In 1877 a large portion of the city burned (almost 60%). Whole sections of the city were leveled.  The City Market was in an area where everything around it was burned except it.

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We were told about various points of interest, houses with historical significance such as movie stars (Donald Sutherland and the founder of MGM), billionaires (the Irving’s), etc. Many beautiful historic houses are still standing.

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Our next stop was the the Carleton Martello Tower. This is one of few towers remaining in Canada that was built by the British during the war of 1812.  It was the oldest structure in St. John built on top of the rocky hill overlooking the city and the harbor.

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It was September 2nd and our tour was over with Adventure Caravans, everyone met up for another donut and coffee breakfast, said our goodbyes and packed up. Most everyone was heading back to where we all met up to start the trip in Herman, Maine.

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So come on back to see the pictures of the wonderful coastline of Bar Harbor Maine.

 

 

Grand Codroy, Newfoundland

August 25, 2017, 184.5 miles
Grand Codroy RV Park, Grand Codroy, Newfoundland

Our last stop in Newfoundland was a drive of 184 miles, the campground was on another beautiful blue lake, with so much vegetation around there was no way to access it. There was going to be a social later in the evening so Guy and I relaxed outside with Paul and Steve relaxing and getting to know each other. At the social the owner of the campground arrived to give us the low down of the area and things to do for the next day.

 

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our view of the lake

We decided to take a ride the next day around the area with Steve and Sharon and have a little lunch. We were armed with maps and directions to a great chicken diner, since we were all tired of fried fish and french fries, chicken sounded wonderful.

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a little stream along a path around the lake

Along the way we looking for the diner we found the Cape Anguille Light station and Inn out on the cliffs above the ocean in the western most point on the island of Newfoundland. The inn is a restored century old light keepers home. This lighthouse was sitting on a cliff with one of the most beautiful views, I would have liked to bring my toothbrush and chair and hang there for a few days.

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The Anguilla Inn

The lighthouse and inn are isolated in fields where horses and sheep still roam, and provides the perfect setting to relax and watch the sun set over the Atlantic while watching the whales, seals or boats sail by. If you walk along the trail you will come upon the ship wreck “SS Mareotis” that wrecked in June 1900.

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After the lighthouse we started looking for our chicken diner, which, to our dismay, was closed when we finally found it. Now let me tell you, we were so frustrated, everyone was so looking forward to some chicken.

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Our view of the inland on our drive

We decided to head to Port aux Basques which is the port town where we will pick up the ferry to head back to New Brunswick. We drove thru the town looking for something we could all agree on for lunch.

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We ended up leaving and heading about an hour away to Harbour le Cou, a small town on the southwest shore. The town is located in a barren area of a small bay, where the 2 harbors provide shelter for fishing vessels. The coastline is rugged and lined with granite rocks with no sandy beaches.

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As we were driving the amazing views of the Atlantic changed at every turn in the road.  We were headed to the Rose Blanch lighthouse and wondered why we could not see the  lighthouse along the coast as we drove.  When we finally got to the parking area of the lighthouse it still was not visible.  To get to the lighthouse, we walked along the coast on a trail for maybe a ¼ mile. As we came around a bend near the end of the trail the lighthouse finally came into sight. It sat on the top of the rock cliff far away from the village and anything else.  As were all other lighthouses we saw in Canada, this one had a house attached around the base of lighthouse also.

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the little Rose Blanche village in the bay next to the lighthouse

After visiting the lighthouse we headed up a path that went to a higher cliff behind that took us to a viewing platform overlooking the town of Rose Blanche. It was a very nice sight. At the entrance to the town as we drove in we pasted a small replica of the lighthouse along the side of the road.  As we left town we stopped by this miniature replica to take a closer look at it. It looked just like the real one.

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The Rose Blanche lighthouse, was in operation from 1873 until the 1940’s it is made of granite with a spiral stone staircase into the tower wall which kept the tower from collapsing while the remainder fell to ruin. In 1999 the lighthouse was fully reconstructed and now is a tourist attraction. Before walking out along the rocky granite coastline to the lighthouse there is a short movie about the rebuilding of the lighthouse.

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very barren landscape

We did finally find lunch, in another little town   (we had given up looking for a restaurant) and believe it or not we all ended up not having chicken but, you guessed it… fish and chips, again.

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The next day we all left the campground together for the ferry, so we could board together for the 6 hour ride over to Arm of Gold Campground in North Sydney, which is where we started a month ago, before boarding the overnight ferry to Newfoundland. Loading ferry was pretty easy and did not take long to load the coaches and cars, there didn’t seem to be as many this time. Once we got back on land it was an easy 3 mile drive to our next campground,  just sitting around for 6 hrs on the ferry was sure tiring.

Come on back and read about our stay back in North Sydney, and what we experience while attending an 18th Century Style Dinner and the Fortress at Louisbourg.

Rocky Harbor, NFLD

August 22, 2017, 210.8 miles
Gro Morne Rv CG, Rocky Harbor, Newfoundland

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boardwalk to theGros Morne fjords

Retracing part of our route which was full of potholes, the drive was 210.8 miles Guy and I took a ride thru the park and the town of Rocky Harbor, the town seems to be pretty active with many restaurants, taverns, gift stores and museums. We also rode over to the town of Norris Point which is another area on the bay with a marina, whale watching tours and ferries to other islands.

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the boat we took to the Gros Morne Fjords

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Driving thru the Gros Morne National Park was the most dynamic and picturesque landscape of Newfoundland. The park is the 2nd largest National park in Atlantic Canada. The name is French meaning ”large mountain standing alone”. The park was made a national park on Oct 1, 2005. The park is a diverse panorama of beaches, forests and barren cliffs. There are fjords and mountains that tower above the land. There are pathways leading along the coast where you can wander among the sea shacks.

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The landscape is quite barren and desert like due to the magma that has been forced to the surface several million years ago. There are only 7 places in the world you can see this, 3 of the 7 are here in Newfoundland. This area is also the beginning of the Appalachian Mountains.

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The area is also very rocky, due to the magma rising to the surface, there are heavy metals in the rock which make they extremely heavy. With all the rocks in the area and very little dirt normal vegetation cannot grow. There is an area called the green gardens where the area is very thick with peat soil about 12 to 15’ thick, the vegetation is much thicker here.

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One of the side trips we wanted to take was into the Western Brook Pond-Fjord. We made reservations for 8 of us to go, not sure how the weather would be that day since it had been raining the few days we had been there. We all decided to brave it and hope it didn’t rain. There was a 45 min walk along the natural bog and forest, with boardwalk in places to wet to walk, then a 2 hour boat ride at the base of sheer cliff walls and waterfalls rage into the Western Brook pond. The lake is a fresh water fjord which was carved out by glaciers. Once the glaciers melted the land which had been pushed down by the weight of the ice sheet, rebounded and the outlet to the sea was cut off. The water in the fjord is the highest purity rating for natural bodies of water. There were clouds and some wind as we walked, but we were so happy that the day stayed dry, with the clouds adding contrast to the pictures.

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The boat cruised into an opening between two 2000’ mountains with almost vertical cliffs. We cruised 10 miles to the other end of the pond, along the way we saw many waterfalls cascading down along the high cliffs. When we reached the end of the pond the boat pulled up to a wooden dock and let off 4 hikers that would be hiking for 3-5 days. The hike would be about 25 miles, over peat bogs and thru rivers, using gps to guide them. The guide on our boat explained that some of the areas could of peat bogs could reach up to their knees or higher.

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Wasserfalls

 

SPA_9793.jpgOne couple, David and Yvonne, on the tour with us did not bring a tow car which made it hard for them to get around and see things, others were kind enough to take them to see the sites. Guy and I asked them to spend the day with us. Our first stop was for breakfast, eggs, bacon, potatoes, fruit and toast, it was so nice to sit and chat with them about their travels and life.

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We then headed to the Lobster Cove Lighthouse, which was outside of town on the rocky hills. When we arrived the clouds were black, the wind was blowing, and it started raining just as we arrived so just David and I were brave enough to walk along the path to the lighthouse. In 1889 the lighthouse first started with each inhabitant of Rocky Harbor contributing a pint of oil each week to help fuel the light. It was one of 4 lighthouse sites along the west coast of Newfoundland. Automated equipment was installed in 1969. The lighthouse was designated a Recognized Federal Heritage building in 1990.

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Lobster Cove Lighthouse

Later that evening we attended a musical performance called Anchors Aweigh by a group of local musicians. The song they sang was lively and extremely funny, their songs were about their island, you could really tell they had great pride in where they lived and of their island. They brought the audience into their performance by asking everyone where they were from and then played a song that corresponded with their region or state or country. Of course, for Guy and I they played,                                       “Sweet Home Alabama”, by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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We now head to our last campground here in Newfoundland before we board the 6 hour ferry back to North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Come on back and check out Fort Louisbourg and attend an 18th Century dinner with us.

St. Anthony’s, NFLD

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August 19, 2017, 70 miles
Triple Falls RV, St. Anthony’s, NFLD

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This morning we sure took our time getting up and hitting the road, with only 70 miles to our next destination there was no need to hurry. We got up and I even had time to make a breakfast for Guy…eggs on toast with sausage. Guy had time to apply some stuff to the jacks, while I cleaned up the breakfast dishes and got the coach ready for travel. I think this schedule is finally getting to us….we don’t normally travel from place to place so fast.

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the little fishing village of St. Anthony’s

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Lou and Karen were in the lead today, which gives me some down time from navigation. We travel with our walkie talkies on so we can keep in touch, when all of a sudden Lou is saying something that I don’t make out….Guy got it….he thinks he sees an iceberg out in the ocean…I grab the binoculars…yes, I can see it…Guy stops so I can get a good look and all of a sudden it breaks in two…no pictures…Darn!!

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After a few minutes Lou is on the walkie talkie again….there was a moose walking down the center of the road…now we are getting excited…but Guy and I can’t see it…then it takes a left turn to the side of the road….then it makes a right in front of Lou…then another left…so glad we were crawling along the road…it finally heads into a field and starts grazing…Guy and I stop and take a million pictures…some of them are not to clear thru the window…he also is moving but the same direction as we are…we find out that it is not a moose but a caribou…

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That afternoon after setting up camp, we went on a whale watching trip…it was cloudy..cold and very windy…the waves were at least 5-6’…there were whales but they were so close to the rocky cliffs trying to eat the small fish, we could not get to close. We were rocking and rolling so much that I could not hold the camera and the railing to steady myself for pictures, but I snapped any way.

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trying to keep warm

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you can just see the outline of the whale under water

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no whale ever breeched…this is the most we saw of them

Sunday is an other day off to do as we wish…since we have not had internet and no cell service we head to a Tim Hortons…it is like a McDonald’s. We get some coffee and egg muffin, then get on their wifi and check emails. I text our daughter to see how things are going…when we drove into the parking lot there were 6 cars from our group there doing the same thing.

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Guy and left Tims following the map up to the tip of the island, so we could see a little more of the area. It was nice to just drive where we wanted and stop when we saw something of interest. It was a great day, we even had LaciLou with us, I think she enjoyed being with us and not left behind.

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now that is a great pier!!!

It was fascinating to see the coastline, with the rocky cliffs and the fishing villages dotted along the shore and on the hills. This area had more white houses and sheds, the fire wood was stacked in long rows, getting ready for the winter months. You must get a permit early in the season, when you get the permit you are told where you may cut and given a number. After you cut your trees, they dry them by standing them up, then they lay down pallets and split the wood and stack on the pallets, the number of the permit must be visible on the trees. To haul the wood they use a sled, sort of like what you would use in snow, with skis on the bottom. There is no stealing or crime, so they are not worried about the wood being left stacked along the roads.

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wood is hauled in sleds

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you can see the number that was given to whom ever cut this wood

You may also have a garden, of any size and you may put it any where you choose, along all the roads, in fields or where ever there is good sun.  It is fenced in with wood about 6-7’ high to keep out the moose or caribou. We saw many beautiful gardens and could see that they were well taken care of and then there were those that had been abandoned.

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Today we toured a Viking archaeological excavation site located in L’Anse Aux Meadows National Park. This is the most northern tip of Newfoundland. This site was were the viking first discovered Newfoundland and built their village as a supply port. The village was unearthed over 7 years of digging, the remains of sod building were discovered along with numerous artifacts which are on display.

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the long walk way out to the village

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communal hut

 

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church

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peat moss used to build the buildings

We also toured the Norstead Village which has a replica of a viking boat, that had transported 32 tons of cargo from Iceland to Newfoundland and the village. There were people dressed in period clothing demonstrating blacksmithing, knitting, cooking over an open fire and trading.

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oven used to bake

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yarn hanging…the ladies are making socks

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old viking boat

Later that night we attended a Viking Feast, which was in a peat sod hut. The meal was buffet style but drinks were served by Viking maids.

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part of the peat sod hut where we had dinner

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the roof of the hut…everyone getting ready to enter

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We sat at long tables and benches, with metal plates, and spoons and a knife to eat with. After dinner a Viking tribal court was held. Diners in the restaurant were asked if they had a gripe by any one and to please stand up and state their claim. The audience was then to vote on the guilty or innocent verdict. We even received a certificate that we were now official viking yellers. It was pretty loud in that building with every one pounding on the tables and yelling, guilty or innocent.

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my Viking warrior

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the long tables inside 

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Guy and I really liked this little town and the surrounding area, it is pretty far off the beaten path, not many restaurants or shopping. It was a great experience visiting the viking village and learning the history of the area.

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loved this boat sitting waiting to go fishing

We are now headed to Rocky Harbor where we will explore the Gros Morne National Park and head into the fiords….so come on back to see the beauty of the fiords.

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so cheery 

Y’all have a Blessed Week until we meet again…

Big Bonnie Bay Pond, Newfoundland

August 17, 2017,
235.2 miles, Big Bonnie Bay Pond, NFLD

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These pictures were taken while we were traveling along the highway from Twillingate to Big Bonnie Bay Pond.

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Our travels have us leaving the coastline and headed up to higher country. It is starting to get cooler and raining, lots of low lying clouds on the tops of the mountains. The roads seem to be getting worse, there are so many potholes, you can’t drive around them. They do give you fair warning with the “Potholes Ahead” signs. What we find amazing is the white or yellow lines are painted right down the middle of the potholes…go figure. There is a speed limit but you can’t drive it, we are about 10-15 miles below the limit due to the rough roads.

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There was one highlight on our drive as Guy spotted out of the corner of his eye, a small moose, about 2yrs old, with antlers, that means there was a mom close by…but…no we didn’t see her nor could we stop and take pictures…so no proof…

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Our trip to Big Bonnie Bay Pond was relatively easy, we did only stop once to let LaciLou out for a walk. We arrived at 1:00pm, I was thinking great I can get some blogs written and saved to the computer, with no internet for the last month and a half, I haven’t been able to publish them but I have them all writen. As the coaches started arriving at the campground, everyone starting converging outside and talking and laughing…you would think after the month and a half we would have nothing to say…LOL!!!

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Jegs dinner

That night we did not need to cook again….yea!!…the campground had a restaurant so we all preordered dinner, the campground even provided music. Guy had ordered a moose burger and salad, he said it tasted like hamburger and I ordered the traditional Newfie dinner, called a “Jegs Dinner”, corn beef and cabbage, with potatoes, carrots and turnips. I really was looking forward to it as my mom made this for us many years ago, but I was so sadly disappointed as it was not like hers at all, it was very dry and no flavor at all. Oh Well!!! There was a guy singing for us while we were there, a few of us danced and stayed for a couple of hours until it got down to 6 of us and then it was time to call it quits.

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We were going to leave the next morning, only spending one night at this camp and heading out to St. Barbe to go on the ferry for Labradore. There was the Newfoundland Insectrarium & Butterfly Pavillion not far from the camp. We left at 8:30am the next morning so we could be there when it opened.

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hatching as we watched

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cacoons

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these were not there when we started the tour,                                                                                           they came out of the cacoon while we were on the tour

The owner, took us on a tour of the main display area with mounted insects from around the world, and organized by geographical region, thru the butterfly indoor garden where the tropical butterflies from all around the world were flying around us.

 

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we found the queen (with the blue dot in the middle), inside the box

We went up to the second floor where the insects were located. The owner talked about honey bees and the queen and her roll as the queen, as well as the drones (males), and the roll of the females.

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don’t remember what this creature is

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172.1 miles
Pigeon Cove/St Barbe RV Center, NFLD

After the tour we packed up and headed to St Barbe to get ready for our ferry ride to Labradore. It rained the whole way and continued the rest of the day. There were a couple of stops on the way that Guy and I wanted to see, one the Torrent River Salmon Center. The information said there was a boardwalk down to an area that it was great for viewing “moose” and salmon. It was raining so hard when we got to the turn we decided that neither one of us wanted to walk in the rain. Darn!! We have missed the elusive “moose” again!!

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our ferry

It was still raining that night, Guy and I had dinner in the coach hoping it would stop before we needed to leave the next morning. The ferry to Labradore was leaving at 7:30am the next morning, we left our coaches at 6:45am…due to the rain and rough weather the ferry was late getting into port, we didn’t leave until 8:15am.

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We were standing out in 50 degree weather with 35 mph winds for over an hour waiting for the ferry.   The ferry ride over to Labrador was ruff due to the high wind and seas.

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Red Bay village

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Our bus was picking us up at the ferry…we were surprised when we saw the bus, it was your typical school bus…we sure laughed about that…it had been a long time since any of us had been on a school bus. Let’s just say I would not want to do it again, the roads were so rough, the bus must not have had springs, we were thrown around that bus like toothpicks….it was a miserable trip. Hence, we sat on the school bus bouncing for 50 miles down the only road in Labrador, and you guessed it with lots of potholes.  Once we got to Red Bay we had lunch in what was the only restaurant in town. The whole town has a population of 115 people and it is one of the largest towns in Labrador.

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After lunch we walked across the street to the Red Bay Museum.  This place was interesting because it was full of items from the 1500s that had been dug up in archeological digs in the area. They dug the bay due to the numerous ship wrecks that had taken place in the 1500s. The recovered may artifacts from the bay area and are on display in the museum.

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400 year old boat recovered from the bay

After the museum we went to the Red Bay Straits display that was just a block away. It was all about the discovery of a sunken whaling ship. They also had in this building a 400 year old Chupla boat that was found buried in the bay.

 

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Point Amour Lighhouse

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the building on the far left is a gift shop

Our school bus also took us to the Point Armour lighthouse, which was not far from where we had lunch. The lighthouse is the tallest building in Labrador and the tallest lighthouse in NFLD and Labrador. It is 90 ft above ground, has 6 ft thick walls, with windows that are 1/4″ thick. The lighthouse remained in service until the early 1960’s, it started service in 1903. The occulting light produced 3 beams of light every minute.

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the view looking down from the lighthouse, the rock formations are natural

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looking along the coastline from the top of the lighthouse

 

We can all say we have now been in Labradore!! Labrador is a very large area, it is dry, not many trees, lots of rocks and low lying shrubs. There is only 2 main roads in Labradore, the one we were on, which was about 60-70 miles long and connects to a dirt road which is closed.

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taken from the school bus on a bridge

If you head towards Labrador City about 1,100 miles away, the road is dirt/gravel, and eventually closer to the city it will be paved. The only way to have access to any of the coastal towns, which is where the indigenous people live, is by plane or boat. Most of the young people that grew up in Labradore have left the area, which leaves an aging population.

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Thanks for following along on “Our Rovin Journey” thru Labradore, come on back and see what we see what it’s like to attend a Viking Feast and Village, in St. Anthony, NFLD,