The drive down to Kippens was 125 miles, about half of it in the rain/drizzle. I don't mind driving in it but it sure makes picture taking a challenge as well as putting half the dirt in Newfoundland on the Mothership and Libby. I almost washed the Mothership Wednesday but I figured it would be a lost cause with this weekend's trips - I was right for once. We are staying at the Zenzville Campground in Kippens with 30 amps and water, no WiFi and so-so cell service. It is a nice park with very large sites for a private campground. We originally were reserved for an overflow spot but several cancellations due to the weather allowed us to stay in a regular site.
After getting set up, we headed for the Port au Port Peninsula just down the road from Kippens. It was a pretty drive along the coastline. While driving it, I realized that except for the eight days at four different interior locations, we have spent the whole month in Newfoundland within a stone's throw of the ocean. Newfoundland and Labrador have almost 18,000 miles of coastline and it's all astoundingly beautiful. Anyway a little community on the Port au Port drive, Mainland, had a couple of houses with large front yards filled with snowy figures. We never did figure out what it was all about but they sure had them decorated up. We also stopped at an Alpaca Farm so Doris could see them and feed a few. Of course there was the one dominant one that wanted to hog it all and Doris kept busy scolding that one, accomplishing nothing whatsoever!! It was fun to watch and snap a few pictures.
Tomorrow, Saturday, Earl, or what is left of him, is supposed to make a visit to the area. We have been told to expect up to 100 km (that's 62 mph) gusts and lots of rain. Hopefully it will be less than that. I think we should be OK here as the campground is pretty protected by forest all around. We will see.
Saturday was mostly sunny until about 3:00 p.m. when the clouds rolled in and the wind started to pick up. We have found it hard to believe how little coverage this storm is getting locally in Newfoundland. Last night's weather report told us to expect what I said in the last paragraph but there has been absolutely nothing on today mentioning it at all. Nothing like the coverage a storm gets in Florida. Tonight about 8:00 p.m. they had a rolling banner at the bottom saying that Port aux Basque and the Western coast was under a tropical storm warning and to expect gusts up to 135 kph, which is substantially higher than earlier reports. That rolled across the bottom of the screen twice and that was it. Never broke into the programs or anything about what time to expect the storm or anything.
However, Earl wasn't waiting to be announced. The winds became increasingly strong and peaked about 1:00 a.m. The way the park is situated in a forest protected us quite a bit. The Mothership rocked and rolled a bit but nothing really scary and when we awoke this morning there was tiny bits of vegetation all over the windward side her. There was also a few small twigs down around her but nothing like we would have had in Florida with the same wind. Those water oaks would have been breaking up. We also never lost power. I guess since the trees up here are very limber and seasoned to accept this kind of storm with less damage. We can't believe we came all the way from Florida to Newfoundland to sit through a tropical storm!!
We will be in Doyles, NL tomorrow for our last stop in Newfoundland before returning to Nova Scotia on the ferry Wednesday.