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Aug 23, 2011 - St. John's Newfoundland, Canada

Today started by us pulling our 5th wheel to get the brake controller (an electronic device that engages the brakes on the trailer when the truck brakes are engaged) fixed. We met Harry the service manager at Islander RV, a truly wonderful man who fit us into his schedule. We got the issue resolved and we now are less stressed about our brakes. We then went to Ches’s restaurant that is famous for its fish and chips, they were the best we have had right there with our Halibut fish & chips in Homer Alaska and our Haddock Fish & Chips in...

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Aug 21, 2011 - St. John's Newfoundland, Canada

we drove to St. John's, the oldest community in North America. We had an issue, the brake controller (it applies power to the trailer brakes when the truck brakes are engaged is not working. We will take it in to have it fixed on Tuesday. On the way we stopped in Gander. At the international airport (formerly a USA Air Force base, Gander was chosen as the refueling base for trans-Atlantic flight because of the lack of fog) to see the Silent Witness Memorial, we met Wendy who allowed us to see the plaques and information about the tragic...

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Aug 19, 2011 - Newfoundland

Cloudy again on August 3. We arrived at the ferry terminal in North Sydney NS at 8:15 am. The ferry doesn't leave until 11 am and you are required to be there at least 2 hours before that. If you have a reservation and do not arrive 2 hours before sailing time, they will start loading the stand-bys and when the ferry is full it's full. They spend a long time loading - it's like a maze. Vehicles (semis, trailers, motorhomes) are very close together. We met some nice people while we were waiting - from Alberta, Maine, Massachusetts and...

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Aug 3, 2011 - St John's, my first 3 days.

Sunday The house where I'm staying is older but newly renovated, its nice, it's also close to downtown and just down the street from the Rooms. (archives) The George Street festival is on this week, it is free until 4:00 then you have to pay the $30 cover charge to access all the bars and feature band. There was a free concert during the day so I checked that out, it was rather loud but pretty good. I left George Street and headed down towards the harbour front and noticed the police were blocking access down to the harbour. While waiting...

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Jul 25, 2011 - St John's, Newfoundland, Canada

We drove to St John's in nice sunny weather. The next day we went on a bus tour of St John's and it rained and was real foggy. Near the end of the tour the wind blew the fog away, the temperature went up 20 degrees and we had sun. We go to all the harbors because they are so beautiful and it is where the first settlers started. We went to the top of Signal Hill, it was foggy and then all of a sudden the fog blew out to sea. We also went to the town of Qvidi Vidi, name so because it means "that place that was seen". It got named because one...

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Jul 12, 2011 - St John's, Newfoundland

On Sunday we proceeded to St John’s in gale force winds, blowing at 30 to 65 kph that made the drive interesting. Fortunately Monday was a beautiful day for our pre planned whale and puffin viewing boat ride out of Bay Bulls. We spotted several Fin Whales, The second longest whale, and somewhat rare in this area. As well as some Humpbacks that included a mother and baby. We toured Gull Island that is home to several thousand birds including a large population of Atlantic Puffin. From the boat tour we traveled to Cape Spear, the eastern most...

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Sep 14, 2010 - Newfoundland

After we left Greenland we sailed almost due south for two days, but it felt more like we were in the Bermuda Triangle. Often sea birds were soaring nearby, but we saw few other ships. We lost all contact with satellite TV and the internet was intermittent. Ken did manage to download a copy of the USA Today on the Ipad or we would have absolutely no idea of what is going on in the world. Every time we tuned on the TV we saw Samantha Brown from the Travel Channel extolling the virtues of Princess cruise. We know, we know! In light of our...

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Aug 28, 2010 - Bell Island and Middle Cove Beach

No rain today. More blue sky. We drove west to Portugal Cove on the shore of Conception Bay and took the ferry to Bell Island. This is where a large number of the Newfoundlanders in Cambridge used to live. Ferry was a 20 minute ride and then we toured the Mine #2 Museum at Wabana. They used to mine iron ore and the mines extended 2 ½ miles underground and went under the ocean floor. The mines closed in 1966 and that's when a number of residents moved to Cambridge. You could take a tour down the mine shaft but neither on of us was too...

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Aug 27, 2010 - Botanical Garden and Ches's

A rainy morning. Almost a heavy mist but still wet. Decided to do laundry this morning. Marilyn is in charge and I'm just the hired help. After lunch we decided to give the botanical gardens another try. It was still misting but that doesn't bother us. The gardens were OK. Marilyn wanted to see the pitcher plants and the wild orchids. It was at the end of the season but still interesting. Late afternoon we took the bus downtown and wandered Duckworth and Water Streets visiting the shops. Marilyn did most of the visiting, I did a lot of...

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Aug 27, 2010 - Mama I'm Coming Home

This will be our last post (unless we are standed in Toronto, lets cross our fingers). St. Johns is a city with a lot of character. We arrived Thursday afternoon and we to signal hill. Within the hour we were there fog rolled in and visablity went to zero. The hill is perched high about he entryway into St. John's harbour. There we learned about hte history of St.John's, similar to all maritime history (Halifax, Louisburg). Later on we took in George Street. It was neat to see all teh bars on one street (closed off to trafic). We went to...

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Aug 26, 2010 - St. John's Newfoundland

Wednesday, August 25th – Newfoundland Ferry The day was spent at the RV park on Cape Breton Island in preparation for the ferry ride over to Newfoundland tonight/overnite. It was housekeeping day! Want the details? No? In the afternoon we were served lunch by our hosts, then at 4:30pm we left for the ferry at the Sidney, Nova Scotia dock. We pulled out of the park by rig number (we have big numbers on front & back of each rig). We all lined up! It was kind of cool to see all 23 rigs with cars attached, 5th wheels being pulled by pickups &...

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Aug 26, 2010 - Quidi Vidi and the Cartalator

This morning was a combination of things. I had to get some blood work done as part of my regular maintenance and while I was doing that Marilyn decided to hike to the Memorial University Botanical Gardens which she had been told were about 20 minutes away. Off I went and off she went. Took me about an hour and then I came home. Marilyn wasn't back yet so I washed bugs off the front of the trailer. That took awhile and she still wasn't back so I figured she must be having a great time. As I was preparing lunch she arrived, obviously out of...

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