Aug 15, 2017 - Travel back down the Viking trail
I was one of the first people to leave the campground - I didn't have to worry about hooking up a car or going to the dump station. I just had to figure out where to stop and that wasn't so hard. I had figured out that my odometer was at 98% of what the mileage markers are in the trip log so I write in the new figures before I leave each campground. My gps works up here also and most of the campgrounds are listed. My first stop was past the town of Port aux Choix (Port of Choice) which was 10 miles off the beaten path. There was a big tour...Jump to full entry
Aug 12, 2017 - Whales & Dolphins!
We slept in this morning and got fed a pancake breakfast by Adventure Caravan. I supplied some blueberries for the last bunch of eaters. People started showing up at 8:45 for breakfast to be served between 9 and 10! I got a knock on my door that I will miss out if I don’t get there and it was 9:15! Ah, but Connie and Nancy came over at 9:50 when they were putting things away! There were pancakes already made though, so all was good. We left the “parking lot” for the tip of the peninsula and the town of St. Anthony late morning. Since we...Jump to full entry
Aug 11, 2017 - Labrador in a day!
Almost all of us walked to the pier at 7:15 ready to board the ferry for its departure at 8:15. It took an hour and a half to cross the Strait of Belle Isle and dock at Blanc Sablon, Quebec. A charter bus came right up to the ferry to pick us up, so we had to wait until all the vehicles were offloaded before we could get off. From there we rode to the furthest distance we would be going up the section of Labrador called the Labrador Straits – the warmth of the North! Alas, the bus got warm and the air conditioning didn’t work. The people at...Jump to full entry
Aug 10, 2017 - Insectarium then travel
We passed by the Insectarium just after getting off of the Transcontinental Highway 1 (TCH 1) yesterday and most of us passed it by because it was scheduled to be visited by all of us later. In other words we already paid the admittance price and because we are a group, we have someone talk to us. The owner showed us around and told us how he got started with this insectarium from his interest as a boy. He sent letters to insectariums all around the world wanting samples and offering samples of Newfoundland bugs as a trade. It worked! As...Jump to full entry
Aug 9, 2017 - travel day
Our stop for the night is actually 10 miles north of Deer Lake in a very small town called Bonne Bay Pond at a new campground called Jackladder RV Park. There was an optional stop at a salmon interpretive center but only a couple with small rigs stopped! We would have had to unhook and drive a bit and pay a fee! I remember well what I learned in Alaska so I don't feel like I missed out. Evelyn and Shirley said it was no big deal and not worth the price. There was also a pullout to view a lake but there was a big truck in there...Jump to full entry
Aug 6, 2017 - Through Gander to Twillingate
We traveled about 212 miles today with a stop in Gander. Have you heard about this town? Probably, because it was the place where 42 passenger planes landed after the disaster of 9/11. Townsfolk and neighboring towns helped the 6700 “plane people" by providing places for them to sleep, eat, and bathe out of the goodness of their hearts. The local stores gave away toiletries, the phone company set up a phone bank and let them make free calls to loved ones, and locals provided parties for children who had birthdays that week of their...Jump to full entry
Aug 3, 2017 - Scenic drive but with potholes
Drove 185 miles today, some on good roads and some with bumps and potholes which were pointed out with signs alongside the road! There were only a few places to stop but the views while driving were great! Adventure Caravan people fed us tonight with quesadillas and toppings and corn on the cob, then cake for dessert! It was windy and chilly, but fun. the owner of the campground entertained us with his jargon about local places to see. Around sunset, Carol drove Linda, Dana, Flo, & I on a back road in her jeep with 4 wheel drive. We were...Jump to full entry
Jul 31, 2017 - Pippy Park here we come!
The ferry landed after 9:30 and we drove off about an hour later for our 80 mile drive to the campground outside of St John's. We all needed to stop somewhere to turn our propane back on so that our fridges could start running again. The temp in mine was warmer than usual but nothing bad happened - frozen things were still frozen. The evergreen trees (black spruce) are shorter here, reminding me of Mt. Washington and we passed by many lakes, reminding me of Minnesota! Another section was barren of trees but had grass and lots of rocks on...Jump to full entry
Jul 30, 2017 - 17 hour ferry ride
Today was mostly a wait for it day. I did laundry and got it done while it was misting but shortly after it rained pretty hard for a few hours. Then it stopped and got brighter when it was time to unhook and get ready to roll. We left the campground at 2 PM to go less than 4 miles to the ferry. Once we were measured and given boarding passes, we got in a line to wait to board the ferry. At 4 we were told to go to our rigs while they verified our boarding passes and made sure our propane was shut off. We boarded the ferry around 5 PM but...Jump to full entry
Jul 20, 2017 - Grand Codroy RV Camping (7/20 - 7/21/17)
We arrived at this park and were decidedly sorry that we only had two nights to stay there. It was such a beautiful park, it is one of our top 5 for the time we have been RVing. That is saying something because we have seen some really beautiful places. We could only stay 2 nights because we were already scheduled on the ferry taking us back to Nova Scotia on Saturday. There is a craft store right by the office. It is painted like the colorful houses around Newfoundland. We were in site #1. This park is only about 15 minutes from the ferry...Jump to full entry
Jul 18, 2017 - it appears......size DOES matter!!!
It was absolutely calm with blue skies and warm temps this morning in Stephenville so we decided to start the day with a beach hike down to the harbour at the end of the road. This was an area of tiny cabins set on the estuary with a working fish dock and boat launch. They were very basic cabins probably used for fishing holidays though not many were inhabited despite it being summer at last. We had intended it to be laundry day but it was so nice we decided to get our driving done and enjoy the sun in Port aux Basques. Good plan, right???...Jump to full entry
Jul 17, 2017 - from 30 to 15 in minutes!
Having done everything we intended to do in Corner Brook and surrounding area we headed south with the promise of pickleball at the YMCA in Stephenville. The advertised RV Park was not where it was advertised to be so we just parked in town – will deal with where to stay for the night later. The current Y had once been an American airbase gym with a huge basketball court, squash courts and a nice fitness center – beautiful old building. There was a large US base here from the war years into the 60’s and they have a 10,000 foot runway that a...Jump to full entry