It was a short 37 miles up to St. Johns from Bauline East under beautiful blue skies. We are in Pippy Park RV Park with 50 amp full hookups, great WiFi and good cell reception, all a product of being in the city I guess. We even have three channels of over-the-air TV! We did a little sightseeing but since it was such a beautiful Sunday afternoon, everything was mobbed, not even a parking place at one site, so we will attempt the sightseeing again tomorrow. Hopefully, the weather will hold off one more day.
Well, the weather did not hold off and it rained most of the day Monday. It was also very cool. We were running the heater all day to remain comfortable. I know that makes those of you at home a little envious but I guess that is just the way it is. :-) Since it was supposed to clear out for Tuesday, we just stayed in and planned our activities here to get them all done in one day and made some reservations for next week.
Tuesday we did the sightseeing thing. First was trip to Cape Spear
, which is the Eastern most point in North America. I thought that was neat since we were at the Western most highway point last year in Anchor Point, AK. This is a very picturesque place as the lighthouse has been placed high on a hill and you can see quite a bit around the shoreline. There are also supposed to be whales and icebergs in the area but it is a little late for icebergs and we looked for a while but didn't see any whale blows.
Next was a side trip to see a couple of old, huge churches. First was the Basilica of St. John's the Baptist
which was the largest building built up to that time in 1839-1855. Then we went to see The Anglican Cathedral of St. John's the Baptist
which was built in 1847. We were unable to go into either one. They both are huge churches with the latter having next to no parking lot.
We then went to Signal Hill
which is the main attraction in St. John's. It is one of the highest points around and gives great views of the whole St. John's area. It was used since the late 17th century to signal to the town what ships were arriving long before they actually entered the harbor. Each country and company had a different flag which was hoisted as they came into view of the hill. During the many conflicts between England and France as well as later it was used to defend the port as well. It overlooks The Narrows
which is only 200 feet wide and the only way in to St. John's Harbour.
A trip to Walmart was then in order to pick up a couple of items, then lunch at Boston Pizza where we had some fabulous pasta, and afterwards a trip to Sobey's to restock the pantry. Tomorrow we head for Thorburn Lake from which we will tour the Bonavista Peninsula.
P.S. I have added a few pictures to the last blog that I forgot I had taken. The sunset
one is really nice.