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,

 

Twillingate, Newfoundland

August 13, 2017, 215.8 miles
Peyton’s Woods Park, Twillingate, NFLD

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part of the village of Twillingate

Guy and I have once again scored with our camping site, we have a marvelous view of the ocean. We can sit in our chairs and just stare, even from our dining room in the coach we have an awesome view.

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a close up of our view

I think, I have fallen in love with Newfoundland, with its numerous different shapes, sizes and different colors of the trees, lakes, streams and ponds at every open area, the tundra that goes on for miles only broken up by the ponds, rocks and pine trees surrounding those ponds, the rough wildness about the area, the cliffs that surround the coastline, crystal clear blue water.

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the rocky coast

The colorfully scattered houses, bright yellows, reds, greens, purples, the lush green grass surrounding homes, moss on the roofs, sitting on low hills with views of the bays or ocean. The wildflowers, reds, purples and yellows all along the roads, in yards and popping up around the ponds. The stunted trees from the wild winds and bitter cold winters. Small and large gardens surrounded with old wooden fences. The mountains interspersed with rocks and trees so thick there is no way you could walk thru them. The old coloful fishing sheds and wooden docks, wooden dorries (boats) sitting beside the shed waiting for their return to the water. The signs of times gone by…The small villages where everyone knows each other, the pride the people have for their wonderful Newfie Land.  But most of all the people who are so happy that you are visiting their Newfie Land, always ready to help or tell a story, always with a smile on their faces.

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Then I think about the winters and realize….snow, wicked, wild, cold winds…icy roads…..no can do….I will stick with the South.

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some of the colors of the homes tucked among the many rocks

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Twillingate is a town off 3,000 people which consists of two islands connected by a causeway. The town is at the mouth of the Exploits River that flows into the Notre Dame Bay. The islands provide an excellent sheltered harbor and access to fishing grounds. Twillingate is know as the “Iceberg capital of the World”. Due to the location of the town icebergs pass by and get stuck at the mouth of the harbor or on some of the small islands off shore. We kept looking and looking for icebergs but they were as elusive as the moose. The icebergs are the most plentiful and come through the north area of the island in April and May. Since we were now into August it was very unlikely that we would get to experience seeing them. There are many boat operators you can hire to take you on a tour of the icebergs, whale watching and out to watch the numerous sea birds.

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imagine icebergs floating in that blue water

Newfoundland has gone through its hard times, due to the moratorium on Cod fishing put on by the Canadian government in 1992 that last for 25 years. Imagine that after years of making a living from cod fishing, you wake up one morning and it’s all over…a whole town…all the towns in Newfoundland, what was going to happen to all the people….most people had never gone to school, they started fishing, cleaning fish, salting fish with their families at the age of 7…they say the lights went out in most of the villages…the government had to help with a stipend, some people went to bigger towns, some went to school to get a degree…committees were formed to find a way to put people back to work….by opening museums, giving fishing village tours, lighthouse tours, harbor tours, house tours, whale watching tours, iceberg tours, all were tried to attract the tourist and bring in money. There were fines to pay if you were caught with a fish in your boat, so boats sat, the wood rotting where it sat…Fishing has started again but you must buy a license and can only catch 5,000 cod a week and it must be from 200 miles off shore. Their way of life will never be the same, fishing will never be their primary source of income again.

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Our first stop while in Twillingate, was the Prime Berth Fishing Museum, (meaning “the best spot”). Dave, 70 yrs old, and a long time cod fisherman, his wife, Christine and their cat, started and still run the museum.

 

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whale bones that Dave put back together, after he towed the whale home, with his 40′ fishing boat, which took 30 hours of slow going

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Dave giving us a talk on cod fishing in one of the buildings

 

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 cutting the cod

 

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finished and ready to cook

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cod liver oil….yum!!!

Of course, if there is a brewery or winery around our noses will always lead us in that direction..and it did not fail us…we soon arrived at the Auk Island Winery for a tour and all you can drink wine tasting….ok, now we are talking our language….

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have you had wine ice cream…no we didn’t!!

 

This wine is made with the fruit and berries found around the island of NFLD. They also make some speciality wines using iceberg water. The majority of the berries used, are wild and free of pesticides or fertilizers. None of their wines are made from grapes. The wines are sold locally and in area restaurants, they do not ship to the US.   They stated that the wine will only last about 5 years in the bottle before turning into vinegar.

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fermenting tanks

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botteling area

Some of the wine names are;
Fifty Shades of Bay (blueberry/blackberries ), Funky Puffin (blueberry/rhubarb), Jelly Bean Row (strawberry/partridgeberry), Moose Juice (blueberry/ partridgeberry), and Krooked Cod (blueberries/rasberries). Guy and I tasted 3 or 4 but we like a dry wine and since these are fruit and berries most were to sweet for us, we did buy the Fifty Shades of Bay, it was the driest and not as fruity.

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in honor of the Jelly Bean Houses in St. Johns

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that’s as close to a moose as we got

We attended two shows while spending time in Twillingate, one was a dinner and musical show, “Newfie Dinner & Show”. There were 3 men and 2 women who performed skits, music and singing. One of the men, Jody Hale, sang and played banjo, guitar, mandolin, and flute, while two others played the squeeze box and guitar.

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Jody Hale on the far left, amazing talent

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the ladies sang a few songs but mainly participated in skits

The Split Peas were performing at the Touton house, which is an all women group that could sing accapella, or with 2 women that played the banjo. All 7 are retired and have been performing for 25 years. They bring the “Kitchen Party” to the stage every Tues. and Thursday.

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“Split Peas”

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playing with Ugly Sticks to the beat of the music

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“Touton”

The music was Irish and quite lively, they had the audience up dancing or up playing with the “Ugly Sticks”, which are carved wooden sticks with heads, shoes and bottle caps down the side which make a big racket. At intermission we were served tea, coffee and “Toutons”, which are fried bread dough with cloudberry jelly.

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Guy and I finally took an off day to get a few chores done….he cleaned the truck and coach, then got out his banjo and sat outside to play but soon was reading the inside of his eyelids…I stayed inside and did 7 loads of laundry…which took all day as the electricity went on and off all day…cleaned the inside from front to back…gave LaciLou a bath, much to her dismay…cut and colored my hair…took a walk down to the little fishing sheds along the water…took pictures and LaciLou and I put our feet in the water.

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LaciLou also put her feet in the crystal clear water

 

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There was an active lighthouse about 5 miles from the campground at the tip of the island. It is located 331 feet above sea level,  off the northeast coast of Twillingate at Crow Head. The lighthouse was completed in 1876 and is historic to the town. It is said that you can walk the scenic trails along the coast that surround the lighthouse and watch icebergs and whales. Because I am very scared of heights there was no way I was walking the trails. We did not go into the lighthouse, the museum is $8.00 per person and $4.00 to climb to the top where the lights are.

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Long Point Lighthouse

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Thank goodness there was a railing with a 331′ cliff

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the view north from the lighthouse

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looking down at how clear and all the different blues of the water

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a canoe waiting for someone to take it out

The time we spent here in Twillingate was filled with plenty of different experiences but once again it was time to move on. Our next adventure takes us to St. Barbe where we will tour the Insectarium and Butterfly Pavillion and take a day to ferry over to Labrador. Come on along with “Our Rovin Journey” and check out what we see and do next.

 

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no more fishing for this sweet boat

Thank you for following along with us on our journey thru this amazing country.

 

Bonavista, Newfoundland

August 10, 2017, 188.1 miles
Paradise Farm Rv Park, Bonavista, Newfoundland

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the outskirts of the town of Bonavista

We arrived in Bonavista, Newfoundland after a bumpy short ride! The roads up here leave little to be desired, there are potholes on every road with yellow and white lines painted down the middle of the potholes.

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The country is really beautiful, lots of every different kind of tree,  lots of grass and open areas intermingled with  ponds (in the states we would call them lakes) everywhere you turn. We have not seen any  fishing boats of any kind on the ponds, which we are think maybe they are shallow due to the rocks that protrude out of the middle and around the edges.

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Newfoundland and Labrador form the most easterly province of Canada. The population is estimated at 526,702 people. Between Newfoundland and Labradore, 92% of the population live on Newfoundland. No part of the island of NFLD is more than 62 miles from the ocean which greatly influences there cooler summer weather. In July the temps range from 66-71. The climate produces more variable weather, humidity, clouds, less sunshine and high winds. Their official bird is the Atlantic Puffin, while the official dogs is the Newfoundland.

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a cod fish drying platform, the cod needed turning every 4 hours

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cod fish shanty’s

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The fishing of cod was the primary work for most people, most started with their families, some as early as 7 years old, catching, cleaning and salting the cod. There were cod factories with 1500 or more working, earning a living, most with out an education. After over 500 years of lives and communities on Canada’s eastern coast, the fishing of cod collapsed entirely in the early 1990’s due to overfishing. Canada then forced a moratorium on cod fishing. If anyone was caught cod fishing there was a fine levied. Many people with no education could not find jobs and went back to school, others left the area. After 25 years the waters showed that there were an abundance of crab, shrimp and other fish as well as cod, the moratorium was lifted but with strict restrictions. The cod fishing will never come back to the way it was as most have stopped eating it and the younger generation have never learned to eat it or like it.

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Guy and I left St John’s around 9:00am and were the 3rd coach to arrive at our new campground, and how excited we were when escorted to our new site! We scored a spot looking at a beautiful blue pond with tall grass and flowers all around. I thought we would be so lucky and see moose in the morning…Ha Ha…the owner of the campground stated that there would be no moose, as they had been hunted so much on the island that they were scarce. But we talked to others that said there were plenty of moose, who knows because we never did see any.

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our view from our site to the left

Darn, I was so hoping to see them while drinking a cup of coffee, looking across the lake, in the morning. We had thought we would head into town and check things out as we arrived by 1:00 but the view was so inviting that we set up our chairs…made lunch and just relaxed watching the water move. Soon our neighbors, Lou and Karen with Lady, brought out their chairs as well, Paul and Steve our other neighbors soon had their chairs out as well.  Later that night after everyone arrived we had a great potluck and socialized.

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our view from our site to the right of us

After dinner, Paul came by to see if we wanted to take a ride before dark to see the Atlantic Puffins….of course, who wouldn’t want to go,  we were looking forward to seeing them. The Puffins could be seen up close if we went at dusk as they fly and eat during the day. It took us a little while to find the Puffins, once we parked the car it was a little hike along the top of the cliff out to see them.

SPA_9059.jpgOnce out there we were surprised to see them so close to us…almost close enough to touch them. The majority were on another island across from where we were. Another plus while watching the Puffins was seeing the whales swimming off shore, we could see the black dots and them shooting water in the air,  none were breaching nor lifting their tails.

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SPA_9028.jpgSome facts for you on Puffins:
95% of Atlantic Puffins breed around NFLD’s coastlines…Puffins always return to the same island where they were born…they even return to the same burrow and mate…Puffins can carry as many as 22 fish at one time…

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Puffins swim better than fly and keep their eyes open under water…Puffins do not sit on their eggs ike other birds, they tuck the egg in close and hug it with their wings…in cold weather Puffins lose their bright colors, their white feathers turn grey and their orange legs turn dark…

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Puffins spend more time in the water than in the air…North Atlantic Puffins live in the ocean and return each spring to the island where they were hatched.

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The next couple of days we shared driving to different highlights around town. We teamed up with Sharon and Steve with Steve driving. Our first stop was at the Ryan Premises which is a National Historic site. It is an example of a merchant operation for the town of Bonavista. We toured the propietor’s house, a retail shop, a fish factory, and a salt store. We had a demonstration and talk about the cod fishing industry and learned how to cut up a cod with a toy cod.

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some pictures of the town of Bonavista, I love all the bright colors

We went as well to view the Matthew Legacy which  is a replica of the 15th century ship that transported John Cabot on his voyage in 1497 to discover the coast of North America, with his first landing site at Cape Bonavista, NFLD.

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The Cape Bonavista Lighthouse was about 4 miles outside of town, as we were headed there we spotted a little roadside restaurant, that served ice cream….yes, we stopped!! It was a great treat as the day had turned warmer, Guy had blueberry ice cream in a cup, while I had a soft serve vanilla dipped in chocolate!! Yum…

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Cape Bonavista Lighthouse

The Cape Bonavista lighthouse was built in 1843, it is the only one of a few lighthouses that you can climb the stone tower and see the seal oil fueled light used in the 19th century. The lighthouse served for 46 years from 1859 until 1962. The light used 650 gallons of seal oil every year. The lights turn by the use of weights that are pulled every 2 hours and takes 15 mins to pull the weights into position. The lighthouse is not in use today but there is an automated light just outside the original.

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the fishing boats in the Bonavista marina, looking back at part of the town

The next day we headed to Elliston, which is the Root Cellar Capital of the World.
We watched a movie on Root Cellars which explained how root cellars came about hundreds of years ago and why they were used, there are over 140 cellars scattered around the area. Root Cellars were used to store vegetables such as potatoes, onions, rutabagas, carrots and many other root vegetables.

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The cellars were all different, some with wood roofs, or cement, all are different sizes. They keep cool during the summer months which keeps the veggies from spoiling.  After the cod moratorium cities were trying to find ways for folks to earn a living, Elliston realizing that they were the only place with so many roots cellars decided to capitalize on this and started to revitalize the root cellars. Now visitors come from all over the world to see the root cellars.

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The root cellars were not far from the puffins so off we went to watch the puffins again, we could see them on the island across from us but there were not any on our side. Most of the puffins were out in the water or flying, some flew by with fish in their beaks.

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Later, we also headed about 60 miles to the town of Trinity which we heard was a quaint fishing village. This a small town and was once a fishing village in the 16th century. It was not like any other village we had been to but I would not really classify it a fishing village. It seems that they have now turned the town into a commercial venture to entice the visitors.

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you can just see the actors performing in from of the big barn,                                                                our friends Steve and Paul had joined the audience

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the walking play started in this colorful church

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the head stones were so old they were blank, very sad

 

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one of the houses in the town of Trinity

It was right on the water, with lots of brightly colored houses, a couple of churches, parish hall, The Courthouse and Goal and The Rising Tide Theatre. Of course, there were the gift shops, ice cream stores, and chocolate shop. While we were walking around the town a play was in progress, people were dressed in clothes from the early days walking thru town from building to building, acting their parts as they went. There were guests with name tags who had paid to participate.

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the actors in period costume

 

SPA_9195.jpgWe head back to camp on a different hwy hoping to see the other side of the peninsula, it was a shorter ride than we thought but we did see two small towns along the ocean. There were also many whales off shore blowing water, looking rather lazy as they did not show themselves nor did they breach or lift their tails.

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the sunset while watching the Puffins

This was a great stop and very interesting, I fell in love with the Puffins and could have just stayed and watched them forever, but it was time to move on to Twillingate, we had a date to see the “Split Peas”….hmmm…what could that be??? If you want to know come on back and check it out.

Thanks for following along with us on “Our Rovin Journey” and God Bless you.

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Beautiful bird

St. John’s, Newfoundland

August 7, 2017, Over night ferry to Argentia, NFLD
81.8 milesPippy Park Campground, Newfoundland

The ferry arrived in Argentia Bay, Newfoundland around 9:00am, we were instructed to have our things ready to disembark, and there would be another announcement to let us know when we could go to the coach. Guy and I along with LaciLou headed up to the upper deck to watch the arrival and docking process. It had been raining all night and had just let up, we were hoping to see what the area would look like but there were low lying clouds, which gave the marina a very erie feeling. At about 10.00 we got the ok to head down to the coaches.

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cloudy, rainy and cold in Argenta, Newfoundland

We had been very amazed with the loading process of the ferry, the parking lot was full of cars, trucks, motorhomes, motorcycles and even Polaris razors. It was fun watching the cars loading on the 2nd deck while the big trucks and motorhomes on the 3rd deck. Entering the ship we were behind Paul and Steve and Sharon and Steve, their motorhomes looked so small when compared to the size of the inside of the massive ship. We were lucky as our coach was 2nd in our line to head out the next day.

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the sky is starting to clear

Our state room was on the 8th floor, we had twin beds, a desk and chair, a full bathroom and tv. There was a window but due to the rain and wind all we could see was the dark stormy sky and the rocking and rolling ocean. We had taken some meds the doctor had given me for sea sickness and my vertigo, so we breezed right thru the storm.

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The ship had everything you could want, 2 bars, a lounge, casino, and 2 restaurants. The first place everyone converged in was the lounge, where we all had a little adult beverage. It was now 6:00pm and the line for the restaurant was long and slow, so there was no rush to head there.

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Once we left the ferry the rough roads started, it was a little slow going. Our drive was not to far, we passed many campgrounds and beautiful ponds (we would call them lakes) along the way, with massive boulders and trees surrounding them. We thought yea, this is camping, but then we arrived at ours!! There were beautiful trees and shrubs in-between most of the sites if you were in a tent or small rig, with our large group and large rigs, we were out in the group section, no trees or a single shrub!! We also were in the row that had 50amps but it did not work most of the time. The electrician would arrive and said he fixed it but it stopped as soon as he drove away. I will say having solar sure does help keeping those batteries charged, thanks to RV Solar and Greg!!

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the bay in Quidi Vidi

 

St. John’s was surpirsing as we didn’t expect to see such a large city, there was every store and shopping mall that we have in the states. Our campground was surrounded with large government buildings.

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the bay in Quidi Vidi

Once we were settled we hopped in the truck with Steve and Sharon and headed to Quidi (Kiddy) Vidi Brewery which was in the quaint fishing village of Quidi Vidi. We took the factory tour and also the beer tasting. They brew 8 different kinds of beer. The most well known is “Iceberg” which is bottled in IceBlue bottles. What makes the beer so special is that its made with Iceberg water. They harvest the water from “Icebergs” called “Bitty Bergs” which are pieces broken from large icebergs. I am not a beer drinker so I was not impressed with the beer but the rest drank theirs.

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The village sits at the mouth of the harbor that is surrounded by steep cliffs, the fishing sheds line one side of the harbor. In winter icebergs will get stuck in the mouth of the harbor and close it off. The streets are so narrow only one car at a time can drive on them. The houses are hundreds of years old, most needing rappers of some kind. They sit so close to the street there is no sidewalk, the front doors open onto the street. Down the side of the houses and in the back are rows of firewood ready for the winter season.

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table size Ugly Sticks

One night we were invited to a:                                                                                                 “Newfie Screech-In and Kitchen party and Newfie Ceremony”.

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floor sized Ugly Sticks

What is that you ask…..The kitchen party consisted of dinner, Newfie style, yellow pea soup and biscuits.

In order to be an Honarary Newfoundland (NFLD) you must wear a sou’wester (yellow slicker hat) , the host then asks the question, “ Is ye an honorary Newfoundlander?”, we answer with “Deed I is me ol’ cock, and long may your big jib draw”  You then drink a shot of Screech rum and  kiss a Cod fish or the arse of a puffin!! We then received a Newfie Certificate!! 

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Paul with his Ugly Stick

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Kevin and David with Ugly Sticks

What is an “Ugly Stick”? Well, it consists of a carved stick, with multiple bottle caps placed on screws on the stick, a head of some sort (can painted with a face, or a doll head), there is usually a boot or shoe on the other end. You shake these and pound the floor with them to the beat of the music. Let’s just say they make lots of noise but keeping time with the music…not so much!

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Guy and Sharon with table sized Ugly Sticks

A bus tour was lined up for the next day for our sightseeing  St. John’s highlights. We had a short stop at the Lieutenant Governors home. Then on we went to Signal hill, this is where a fort was built in the 17th century, it overlooks the city and out into the ocean.

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The fort at Signal Hill

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view from the top of the hill

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shot off the canon

When we arrived we could see 25-30 whales not to far off shore, they were blowing water, splashing around,  but they did not breach nor did we see their tails come completely out of the water, I think the tour guide was a little disappointed as no one was listening to her. I have lots of ocean pictures with black dots in them…could be anything! Everyone stood trying to capture that perfect whale picture!!

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St John’s from the top of Signal Hill

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my whale tail

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the view fro m the top of Signal Hill

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part of the old fort and the Signal Hill lighthouse

We then headed out to Cape Spear lighthouse, which is the eastern most point in North America. The lighthouse was completed in 1835 but was not activated until 1836 as the lantern and lighting had not arrived from Britain.

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The area around the lighthouse was pretty barren, with  lots of rocks with low lying shrubs. From where we stood we could look back to where we had just been at Signal Hill. The views were outstanding of the coastline and surrounding area.SPA_8910.jpgSPA_8907.jpg

There was a stop at the Presentation Convent at Cathedral Square to view the

“Veiled Virgin” .

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The statue is carved from Carrara marble by Giocanni Strazza and was imported from Rome in December 1856. The work is meticulously crafted, the facial features and the braids in the hair are clearly visible through the stone veil. When standing at the side you can see her eyelashes. The sisters at the convent kept the statue on a small rickety table in the center of their living room and could have been knocked over at any time. They decided to have it appraised and were astonished at its worth, it now sits in a glass enclosed case.

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some of the Jelly Bean houses in St John’s, Newfoundland

Newfoundland and Labrador are deeply colorful places, slightly off-kilter with the rest of the world. Around here, there is no beige. Instead, you will find colourful place names, colorful houses, colorful landscapes, a colorful culture, and colorful characters – more shades, tones, and hues than you ever thought possible. You will not find this much color in any town in the States.

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As we were driving around the city of St John’s which is known for the vibrantly colored row houses, called Jelly Bean Row, Sharon and I were hanging out the windows with our cell phones snapping pictures like crazy. We were trying to capture all the colors that line the streets. The candy colored houses help give the city is distinctive character. Jelly bean row is really a visual site to see. There is really not just one row of the candy colored houses and businesses they are every where thru the city.

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No matter where you walk in downtown St John’s, around every corner, you will come across houses that are vibrante in color. Even in dullest of days your spirits will be lifted with all the color. It sure was delightful to see all the different colors mixed together.

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None of the colors match…there could be a vibrant green door on a purple house, or red with bright blue. The streets are steeply graded with all the houses connecting to one another lining the streets. These houses are often crooked and in need of repairs, but they are sure unique and capture the spirit for which they were meant to be…a happy place.

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Artists have now been capturing the essence of Jelly Bean Row with paintings, stationary, cards, coffee mugs, wooden blocks, placemats, teeshirts.

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Our stay in St John’s was a wonderful time but went by so fast, it was now time to head to  Bonavista, Newfoundland to see the Puffins.

Y’all come on back to check out what it’s like and what fun things we do while there. Y’all have a Blessed Week until next time.

8/2 North Sydney, Nova Scotia

August 2, 2017, 247.2 miles
Arm of Gold Campground, North Sydney, NS

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The frame sits on the ground, you stand behind and take a picture with the awesome view

We knew our drive today would be a long one, 247 miles, but we did not get up very early and ended up being the last to leave the park about 10:00am. We usually like to head out early so we can get to the next spot and set up before dark and time to relax before dinner. We have turned inland away from the coast and traveling on highways which we means can travel a little faster.

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Seal Island Bridge, 2,475 ft long, 120′ above sea level

At the 38.4 mile on our speedometer a sign showed that we were 1/2 way between the North Pole and the Equator- 45 degrees North. The 45 degree also passes through Oregon, Montana and New York. In Asia it crosses Hokkaido, the northern most island in Japan.

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our view from the motorhome

When we arrived at the campground in Sydney we noticed there were no trees, with all the camp sites in the sun. It was sure a surprise as we parked and looked out our front window and could look at the bay with trees and rocks surrounding it. On one side we could view another part of the bay and see the sailboats tied at their moorings, gently swaying in the breeze, it was such a peaceful sight.

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nice viewing with a glass of wine

We started our traveling day with Lou and Karen and Rosemary and Fred, but at the first stop for the dog break we got a text from Steve, saying there was a great quilt museum  at the Atlantic Museum of Industry. Guy and I changed plans and headed to the  Museum  which was only 4 miles from our first stop.

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hand quilting

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This museum is Canada’s largest museum on the former site of the Ford Coal mine. The museum chronicles the impact of industrialization on the Nova Scotia people. It features Canada’s oldest steam locomotives, a model railway layout, a belt driven working machine shop, hair salon and an exhibition on coal mining and many other industrial businesses from the 1800’s through the 1940’s.

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inside the Shopmobile

The quilt museum was in the main room. There were 4 women working on different projects, rug hooking, piecing a quilt, and hand quilting in a quilting frame. It took Guy and I about an hour to go thru the museum, we would have taken longer but time was ticking on….we still had 152 more miles to go.

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antique beauty salon

At 161.00 miles we crossed the Canso Causeway, which is the deepest causeway in the world at 217’ deep and was built in 1955. It took 10 million tons of rock to build. The bridge opens to allow boats to go thru, we were hoping that there was a boat going thru but…no such luck..

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view from the Cabot Trail of Cape Breton

A little later at mile 236 we started down a steep 8% downgrade with a 180 degree curve and a the end we were heading over the Seal Island Bridge. The bridge goes over the Great Bras d’or Channel. The bridge is 2,475 ft long and is 120 ft above sea level. Below the bridge was a small lighthouse.

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view from the Cabot Trail of Cape Breton

Adventure Caravans sends out crews to check the routes, campgrounds and places of interest before sending out caravans. When we arrived one of the couples, Barry and Terry, were there and had prepared a dinner for our group. They gave a talk on what we should expect on the ferry ride and what we would experience while in Newfoundland, like no internet or cell phone service, limited tv, campgrounds with no hookups or water. The roads would not be like the states, pot holes, rough roads, and frost heaves! Yikes!!

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Alexander Graham Bell Museum

The Alexander Graham Bell Museum was in the next town over right on the bay. We spent a few hours going thru the museum. I think Guy and I were on overload and maybe tired of museums, we tried reading about his life and his inventions but it was so hard to concentrate. There were a couple of movies that gave a more in-depth story but this was an extra fee, every other time the movies played is English and/or French.

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Alexander was born in Scotland but lived most of his life in Canada as well as a few years in Boston. He was a scientist, inventor, engineer. He was an innovator who is credited with patenting the first telephone. His wife and his mother were both deaf, that lead him to experiment with hearing devices and did research on hearing and speech. He was also credited with developing the early versions of a metal detector in 1818. In 1908 Bell began sketching concepts of the hydrofoil boat, he also was experimenting on air craft.

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We left the museum with Sharon and Steve looking for some lunch in the town of Beddeck. We checked 3 different restaurants and ended up with chinese, it was ok..lefts just say I wouldn’t go back. There were a few clothes stores that we walked thru but were amazed at the cost…so no new clothes for us!!

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a beach along the Cabot Trail

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a beautiful beach along the Cabot Trail

After our tour of the museum Sharon and I decided to visit the information center to see what we could do around the area. They suggested we take a ride on the Cabot Trail to the coast and stop at the Glenora distillery as well as the Celtic Music Museum. It turned out to be a very long ride, passing wide open spaces of green grassy hills, pine trees covering the tops of the hills, with farms interspersed along the way, brightly colored houses mixed with bright white ones. We finally came to the ocean after about 1/2hr. We stopped in the town of Inverness and headed to the beach so we could at least put our feet into the water. Which was pretty cold.

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10 year old Scotch, $700.00 a bottle

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The distillery had a great tour and a shot glass tasting of their famous 10 year old single malt Scotch. All I could do was smell it and knew there was no way I could get that down…Guy had mine and his. Most of the guys liked it and wanted more. When we checked out the price of the scotch it was $700.00 per bottle.

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The Glenora Restaurant

 

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sweet stream running thru the distillery

The Glenora restaurant was right there at the distillary, since everyone was hungry  we decided not to drive any further trying to find a place and decided to eat there. We were all seated around the table enjoying the atmosphere, the room had a fireplace and lots of wood, with a wood bar at one end of the room, when all of a sudden the music started.

 

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He could play guitar, banjo, harmonica and mandolin

We looked around and there was the musician in the corner with a guitar, harmonica, banjo and mandolin, he really was good, he played some country tunes but we really loved the Irish music. Before long the whole room was singing and clapping. Soon a lady eating at one of the tables got up and started playing the piano, and then another lady rose up and started singing.

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View from the Cabot Trail, looking down where we had just had lunch

The next day the group took one of the longest most boring bus trips along the Cabot Trail thru the Cape Breton National Park. There aren’t many towns or places to stop,  every once in awhile we would get a glimpse of the ocean thru the trees, which was beautiful, in some places the road was along the very rugged coast and high up the mountain which helped us see the spectacular rocks and trees along the coastline.  The Cabot road is a very narrow, windy, with lots of pretty sharp curves. The Cabot Trail is named after the explorer John Cabot who landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497.

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another view from Cabot Trail

The driver had a lead foot as he drove way to fast taking the corners way to sharp. Since the bus was not full Guy and I sat in the back where we could spread out, but looking out the window it was terrifying watching him take those corners with the wheels off the pavement or narrowly missing the guardrails.  We ended up with some very car sick folks. Will, our fearless leader, talked to the driver a couple of times to slow down. We all drive coaches that size with a tow car behind and could have done a better job.

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along the Cabot Trail

After our visit to North Sydney is was time to board the ferry to Newfoundland.  We had a short briefing in the morning, and were all packed and ready to go by 11:00am. We were not leaving the campground until 2:00pm. When it was finally time to head to the ferry and Newfoundland, Pat, our tailgunner walked the line of coaches helping get everyone out. Will wanted all the rigs to head out together so all the coaches could be in line together at the ferry and make sure everyone made it. We all made it and lined up…it was 2:30pm the wait was a few hours…we started loading at 4:30pm…the ferry would leave at 5:30. Not knowing what to expect we found it to be an easy experience. Guy and I were lucky as the lane we were in on the ferry,  put us first to leave the ferry in the morning.

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waiting to board the ferry

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lined up and ready to board

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Steve and Paul heading in

Come on back to see how the ferry ride went and about our time in Newfoundland, playing with Ugly Sticks, wine tasting, butterfly insectarium, and enjoying the Split Peas!!

Until then y’all have a Blessed Day!

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lunch at the Rusty anchor on the Cabot Trail

Halifax, Nova Scotia (part 2)

July 31, 2017, Halifax/Dartmouth

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United States Coast Gurad

We were excited to head out this morning as we were headed to the Halifax waterfront as vessels from around the world, Chile, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, USA and over 30 more would be in the harbor for 4 days. The tall ships will visit 11 ports around the province of NS, Lunenburg, Sidney, Annapolis Basin, Halifax and others. The Rendes-Vous 2017 brings together ships present and future have sailed from the United Kingdom, Portugal, Bermuda, Boston and Quebec City as well as other ports across Canada on a 7,000 miles trans-Atlantic race.

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Have you ever wanted to sail on a ship or want to sail on a tall ship? There is a program that allows you as a guest or trainee to take part in five different international races if you want to go on a ship as a guest or as a trainee. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy different maritime heritage and culture and take part in many team activities and parties.

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This party in Halifax has lasted for 4 days, with concerts, ship tours, the best culinary chiefs around! The grand finale will be with cannons and fireworks. The ships will sail out of the harbor at 12:00 pm Tuesday, Aug 1st, 2017.

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We had free time in the harbor until 1:45 when we would meet back up to go on a tall ship “Silva” for a ride around the harbor. We had taken LaciLou with us again today, thinking that she could walk with us along the board walk and would enjoy the outside, it turned out to be another very warm day, and walking along the board walk was hot and humid. I took my shoes off to feel how hot the walk was….yup, to hot for LaciLou’s feet…luckily we had brought her backpack.

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Lacilou and Guy

She loved looking out and watching all the people from their height rather from the ground up. But as the day went on she started getting hot and wanted out. I ended up taking turns with Guy holding her.

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So, it was a relief when we boarded the ship and could feel the cooler breeze on our faces, LaciLou also loved laying in the shade. Our friend, Paul came and took her from us and made sure she stayed in the shade to keep cool. I need to keep and eye on him as I think if I turn around he will be taking her to South Carolina with him…lol!!

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Moving along the coastline gave us such a great view of the tall ships that we couldn’t get with the thousands of people that were milling about on the boardwalk. Also the view of the cities of Halifax and Dartmouth from the water was more dramatic, the sky was so blue, with the contrast of the buildings it was amazing.

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Leaving the harbor we headed to Alexander Keith’s Brewery for a beer tasting and tour. It was kinda wasted on me since I don’t drink beer…and Guy didn’t have any either as he needed to drive our coach back from the repair shop.

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This brewery will be 200 years old this year as well as the harbor. The founder of the company Alexander Keith had lived in the brewery building, and many of the rooms were still set up as they were in 1817 when he started the brewery.

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They make 4 different beers, everyone had a chance to taste them all. It started with a pale ale and went to a very dark coffee, chocolate beer. This was a very different tour then others we have gone on. We started at an old fashioned bar with the first beer tasting and a brief history,  then another tasting in the room where all the herbs and spices were kept, in the brewing room was another tasting, the last beer was served in a wonderful rock enclosed room with a large bar, where the servers played the guitar, a hand held drum, and sang a couple of songs, then it was last call for another beer. Since no one was driving it didn’t matter how many were consumed.

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herbs and spice room

 

IMG_3425.jpgSomeone said that if you drank all the tasting samples and the 2 glasses of beer then you would have drank 30oz of beer. Yikes!! Another fact for NS: No bottle of wine can be sold for less than $10.00, and no beer can sell for less that $2.75.

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Our next day was a free day…yea…there were many that went back to the harbor for the sailing of the ships…some played golf…others took a ride up the coast…while others went back to Peggy’s Cove….Guy and I decided we needed some time to just veg…I went and got a hair cut and wrote this blog.…Guy took the truck to chevy and worked on a project then took a nap….

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We have a big 250 mile drive tomorrow into Sidney, NS, so sometimes it’s just nice to relax and enjoy the quiet. So until next time y’all have a Blessed Day.

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Theodore Tugboat

Theodore Tugboat began in 1989 as a children’s television series. The stories tell the adventures of Theodore and his many floating friends in The Big Harbor.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

July 29, 2017, 50.0 miles
Woodhaven RV Park, Halifax, NS

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The trip to our next campground was a big 50 miles, it was almost not worth packing up and moving. This is a nice campground, our rig is under the trees with good shade, the temps are starting to rise so any shade helps keep this coach cooler. The downside that we don’t like is our tv dish cannot find the western arch, that means no tv for Guy.

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Somewhere along our travels we have developed an airleak in our airbags system, the air pump goes off 3-4 times a day pumping the airbag up to keep us level. Guy made an appointment at the freight liner dealer in Dartmouth. We also found that the air conditioner in the truck is not cooling…yuck…so he made an appointment with Chevy for another day in Halifax at the Chevy dealer. Packing up the coach and heading out 2 days in a row at 7:00am was not my idea on how I wanted to spend the morning. We also needed to be back at the campground to board the bus for our day to spend in Halifax. The sad part is neither were fixed. The truck needs a condenser which will take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to get the parts. At freightlliner they looked for 3 hours and could not find out why the air bags are leaking…we will deal with both issues when we arrive back in Ga.

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We made it back in time for our tour which left at 8:30am. Our first stop was at the Acadian Maple Products factory. The owner and founder of the company explained how they started the family run company in 1982. He also explained the process of collecting, grading and packaging the maple sap.

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The room we sat in had a glass wall where you could watch the production of maple syrup but as it was a Sunday they were not working. There is also a store connected where they sell everything from maple syrup, blueberry syrup, candy, maple nuts and even maple coffee. He explained that it takes 40 parts maple sap to 1 part water to make 1 qt maple syrup.

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The tree sap in winter flows down into the root system and in the warm months moves up into the tree and branches, which is when they tap the trees. There can be up to 3 taps per tree if the tree is atleast 65” round.

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Peggy Point Lighthouse with Guy and LaciLou

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a bag piper playing by the lighthouse when we arrived

I was so excited to arrive at our next stop which was Peggy’s Cove. Guy and I had taken a road trip thru Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Nova Scotia about 15 years ago. We had stayed at a B&B that was not far from the Cove, when we drove by it was still there. I could not find my pictures to compare what we had seen before.

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Peggy’s Cove is located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay. What makes Peggy’s Cove famous is the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, which was built in 1868.

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The folklore of Peggy’s Cove: The name of the cove comes from a small child or women who was the sole survivor of a shipwreck. They say she could not remember where she came from nor what her name was. She married a local resident of the cove in 1800 and became known as “Peggy of the Cove”. This attracted visitors from around the bay who eventually named the village what it is today.

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The cove has been declared a preservation area to protect its rugged beauty. The area includes barren bogs, inland ponds, and rocky coastline. There are large sections of boulders, space vegetation and topsoil, the tidal flows and rising sea levels have scarred the rocks and formed cove and inlets in the rocks.

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This is a big tourist area, and one of the most photographed in Canada. There are only 230 homes in this area with no more to be built, there are about 500-600 people that live in the surrounding area. It is still a working fishing village, as well as having boats to take visitors out for tours of the coastline. There are a few stores, coffee shop, and two restaurants, on being Peggy’s Cove Sou’ Wester restaurant (where we had lunch).

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Peggy’s Cove with the lighthouse peaking up above the restaurant on the hill

This is also the area of the Swissair Flight 111, which crashed into St. Margaret’s Bay on Sept 2, 1998. There were 229 men, women and children that were aboard the Swissair flight. There are three notches in the rock that represent the numerals 111. The sight line from the three grooves in the stone points to the crash site, which also point to the area the plane went down.

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the walkway to the cemetery

Leaving Peggy’s Cove we headed to Fairview Lawn cemetery where the remains and headstone of the Titanic were buried. The Titanic sank off the coast of New Foundland in April of 1912. The head stones were arranged in such a way as to represent the shape of the hull of the ship.

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graves of the Titanic cruise ship

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All the head stones have numbers on them, the numbers corresponed to when each person was recovered from the ship, some still have numbers with no name, as they were never identified, while other stones had names as well as their number. The shipping company donated all the same size stones for all but if a relative wanted a larger one they could pay the extra cost.

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#64

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#317

We then headed to the town of Halifax driving thru the town to get a feel for the area. We were headed to the Citadel. We stopped first at the Public Gardens and walked thru, they were beautiful and filled with numerous flowers.

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looking over the Halifax  marina from the Citadel

Every weekend in the center gazebo music is played which can be heard through out the gardens. There were numerous people sitting on blankets on the grass, or sitting on the park benches. The band played some Duke Ellington while we were listening.

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looking down from the Citadel towards Halifax

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The Citadel is located on a hill above the Halifax waterfront with an astounding view for miles. The Citadel is a National Historical site, it was founded in 1749 as a base for the British Royal Navy to help protect the Halifax harbor.

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changing of the guard

The Citadel was an active fort until 1951, but the fort never saw any war nor was it used for that. It is used now for re-enactments from the times. While we were visiting we watched the changing of the guard, a bag piper and drummer, many people in period costumes. There was a rifle and cannon firing demonstration.

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We had taken LaciLou with us on this trip but when the rifles started firing she was ready to bolt for parts unknow. I had a hard time calming her down and just as I did, they started all over again. We needed to leave the area for a while.

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This was such a long day filled with lots of information, it had gotten extremely warm and very sunny, I was so very glad to finally head back to our home. We needed to rest up as there was to be another tour the next day. The tall ships were in the harbor for a few days and we were to see them and also to ride on one!!! It would be another awesome day. So come on back and check out the Tall Ships here in Halifax, NS