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Sep 11, 2009 - Twillingate NL

From Grand Falls, highway 1 and 340 lead northeast to the bustling commercial centre of Lewisporte a popular tuna-fishing base. (Our camping destination for our trek north to Twillingate). The "Road to the Isles" begins...a series of bridges and causeways crossing Dildo Run, linking the mainland with Chapel, New World and South Twillingate islands. We were too late in the season to experience the giant icebergs off Long Point Lighthouse usually drifting with the Labrador Current in June and July. We had a primary purpose to visit...

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Aug 13, 2009 - Twillingate

We made our way to Twillingate and got set up in time to go look about town. We found the lighthouse which had unbelievable views to add to a neat light. The next day to drove the Road to the Shore loop. We found more picturesque harbors, interesting people to talk to, delicious bakery shops, and beaches. The star of the trip was Newtown, the Venice of Newfoundland since it is built on 17 islands and connected by bridges & canals. We stopped by Gander's Silent Witness Memorial at the Dec 1985 crash site of a charter flight. There were no...

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Jul 25, 2009 - Twillingate, NL (Day 10) - Dinner at Central United Church

(Ron Writing) The forecast was rain today but it was bright and sunny this morning. It did get cloudy in the afternoon but it didn’t rain and the temperature was perfect. This morning we attended a performance by the “Split Peas”. It’s one of the more popular groups here. It consists of 7 local ladies who all sing and play various instruments. Most of their music is traditional Irish and Newfoundland style. They put on a great concert. This afternoon we went to the arena for awhile and listened to a performance by two Newfoundland...

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Jul 24, 2009 - Twillingate, NL (Day 9) - Elena Goes Sailing

(Ron Writing) We had beautiful weather and enjoyed another fun day at the festival. This morning we walked down to the wharf to see the Bowdoin, two-masted sailing ship that was built around 1903. It was originally a Canadian ship built for Arctic exploration but it is now based in Maine and used as a training vessel by the Maritime Academy. The crew of 16 that sails the ship are nearly all students of the academy. We listened to a short drama presentation on the dock. It told a story about Captain Bob Bartlett, one of the early Arctic...

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Jul 23, 2009 - Twillingate, NL (Day 8) - Jigg's Dinner, Parade, Entertainment

(Ron Writing) This afternoon we watched the festival parade as it passed just a block from our campsite. After the parade we went to the hockey arena where we looked around the craft booths and then watched part of the opening ceremonies. We had dinner at the Cozy Tea Room & Bakery. It’s a very small restaurant with just nine tables. Each day they have a special menu item and on Thursdays it’s a traditional Newfoundland dish called Jigg’s Dinner. Our Jigg’s dinner had rutabaga, potatoes, carrots, mashed/boiled yellow peas, pumpkin pickles,...

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Jul 22, 2009 - Twillingate, NL (Day 7) - Boomer Potluck & More Entertainment

(Ron Writing) The weather was very cool and cloudy all day but at least it didn’t rain. This afternoon we went to a Steven Rogers Concert in the old Church Museum. We heard Steven play the piano and sing in church last Sunday. He began by playing two hymns and a couple Irish songs on the old 1903 pipe organ. Then he played the button accordion, keyboards, tin flute, and sang a few songs. He is an excellent musician on all these instruments and plays them with a flare. After the concert we had a mini “Boomerang” (i.e., Escapees Boomers...

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Jul 22, 2009 - Twillingate and Eastport

Twillingate A short day today from Gander up to Twillingate. Feels like a large fishing town. Lots of harbour space, all the houses along the ocean, roads up and down the rocky coast, Town centre along the harbour. We were able to visit a few tourist attractions, and finished off the evening at a dinner theatre. One of the more interesting attractions was a 150 year old United Church which was abandoned by it’s congregation in favour of a new church, and which was bought by local people aiming to keep the old church and it’s organ. A really...

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Jul 21, 2009 - Twillingate, NL (Day 6) - Dinner Theatre with the Boomers

(Ron Writing) This morning it was cloudy but by afternoon the sky cleared. It was a little too cool to be outside without a jacket most of the day. This afternoon we attended the Annual Seniors Day at the hospital pond site. It’s a sort of park with a large pond, swimming area, and walking paths on the grounds of the hospital. We took the 1.3 Km walk around the pond, listened to the musicians perform for awhile, and watched the “duck” race. It’s actually a race of numbered ping-pong balls across the large pond. Folks by a ping-pong ball for...

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Jul 20, 2009 - Twillingate, NL (Day 5) - First Day of Fish, Fun, & Folk Festival

(Ron Writing) What a difference a day makes. Yesterday the weather was blustery – today it was clear and warm again – perfect weather for the start of the festival. This morning nearly all the campers were out walking and visiting and just enjoying the nice weather. Our next door neighbors are full-timers from Ontario. They’ve been to this festival several times and know all the ropes as well as several people who live here. This afternoon they took us over to the home of Sharon, a friend of theirs who spends her summers here and winters in...

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Jul 19, 2009 - Twillingate, NL (Day 4) - Happy Birthday, Elena

(Ron Writing) Happy Birthday Elena! We made it a nice day even though the weather wasn’t cooperating. It was windy and raining most of the day. Last night we hauled out the heavy blanket again – it was 48° when we got up this morning. We attended worship service at the United Church right here where we’re camped. They had many guests in church this morning – many of them from among the campers here. There are now at least 25 RVs parked around the outside edge of their parking lot. After church we went out for Elena’s birthday dinner to RJ’s...

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Jul 18, 2009 - Twillingate, NL (Day 3) - More Good Entertainment

(Ron Writing) The weather was pretty nasty today. It was cold and foggy in the morning and cold and windy the rest of the day with some periods of light rain. The temperature didn’t get above the mid-50’s. We spent most of the day indoors. At 4:30 we had our SKP Boomers happy hour. We met inside Priscilla and Bill’s motorhome that comfortably accommodated 14 people. Harry & Sharon, full-timers, and prospective SKPs and Boomers, joined us as did Chet and Gaye and their son. Chet and Gaye are former full-timers who visited Twillingate two...

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Jul 17, 2009 - Twillingate, NL (Day 2) - Exploring the Town, Boomers, Concert

(Ron Writing) The library is just a block from where we’re camped at the church parking lot. We went there this morning to use the internet and later walked across the street to the little fish market. JJ Fish Market sells both seafood and a very limited menu of prepared dishes using the very freshest lobster, crab, cod, mussels etc., available. Elena had a snow crab sandwich and I had cod with homemade french fries topped with gravy and dressing (poutine). This way of eating french fries is very popular in this part of Canada. It’s...

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