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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...

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Aug 11, 2016 - Bonavista - Ryan's Premises National Park

August 11 - We drove up Hwy 235 and came back hwy 230. We arrived at Ryan's Premises National Park, to learn about the fishing (salting & drying cod) industry back in the 19th century. Joe was not allowed in so we took turns and watched over the harbour. There was some construction going on with the extensions of the wharf's. The cribbing basket rocks were shifting and almost sunk 2 of them, that was entertaining. As a person that has not grown up around this life style, you could spend days here being educated. We then went to Cape...

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May 4, 2016 - Newfoundland - Bonavista

Had a great night's sleep at Island View. Pat, our host is an ex-teacher and a font of knowledge about the area. After telling her that we were on a search for icebergs she rang around her friends on the island to find out if there were any sightings. Finally, the news we were hoping for, about a three hour round trip drive in a different direction than we were heading but we felt we had to do it. Close to Bonavista we found it. It wasn't disappointing, although the photos from my ipad are. Now we can relax. Where we were looking at the...

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Aug 14, 2015 - St. John's #2

We left you with our woes of a sick vehicle. In the mornings we could explore but by 1p Finshar would start coughing as the day warmed and the humidity rose. We were afraid to take her too far from the camp-site, Pippy Park. On Sunday we went to McDonald's and over coffee I sent an update. I have tried twice since then but always the internet faded and ceased. I hope to finish this time. Monday was a day spent catching up as well although we did re-visit the Terry Fox Memorial, Mile 0 of the trans Canada Highway and an area of St. John's...

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NFLD

Jul 30, 2015 - Bonavista

Bonavista is at the tip of a peninsula around Trinity Bay from St. John's. It took us much of the day to drive there with the worst weather we've had in quite some time. As we drove I pleaded with Mother Nature in my mind: Please lighten the fog so we won't hit that moose one hundred yards down the road. Please stop the rain. And most of all, please stop the gusts of wind that have Ken gripping the steering wheel as tightly as I usually do. Occasionally, Mother Nature complied briefly, but it was still sprinkling and windy when we arrived...

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Sep 25, 2014 - Portland, Newfoundland

Yet another Portland, too small to show up on Lonely Planet's map! Now you have three Portlands to choose from! A brief word about roads....off the main highway many are lousy. Often the government appears to just give up and put a sign that indicates "lousy road" instead of trying to actually fix the problem. Add to that the extra excitement of worrying about moose; all the locals have at least one harrowing moose-hitting-car story in which noone seems to win. This happens so often that the locals refer to them as "Newfoundland speedbumps!"

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Rumsky Retirement?

Jul 24, 2014 - Bonavista Day 2

We started out this morning to visit many sites as we will be leaving Bonavista tomorrow. Many things to see and do. We headed to Ellison where we will see how the root cellars were built and the Puffins. The people of Newfoundland grow and eat mostly root vegetables such as potatoes, turnips and carrots. They build these cellars into the hillside to store the vegetables. The majority of the land here is granite so it was self-lined. They then used flat rock to make the front and added a door. It was amazing how much cooler it was inside....

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Jul 23, 2014 - Bonavista, Nfld Day 1

We had rain during the night so it made it a little muddy. It has started to clear so should be a good driving day. We have 215 miles to travel which they said would take about 5 hrs. We will backtrack again for about 28 miles to Highway 331. After about another 20 miles we will be on Highway 330 which is called Road to the Shore. We are heading toward Gander on our way to Bonavista. The roads were the same. Full of chuckholes. We stopped at Gander and unhooked the car. We visited the North Atlantic Aviation Museum. It is a small museum but...

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Aug 2, 2013 - Bonavista, NL updated

August 2, 2013 travel day to Bonavista, NL Sunny and warm. 189 miles to Bonavista, NL. Stopped at Irvin station for fuel; $5.18/gallon. Paradise trailer park was anything but paradise! Dry camping. Some spots with 20 amp but were taken up by a group of French. We parked on an undeveloped portion of a hill overlooking the lake; down a muddy ‘road’ (road was a kindness. The jacks with pads sunk 4 inches in the grass. One MH tweaked the frame and cracked the passenger side windshield and pop out one corner of the driver’s side. Another’s...

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Jul 31, 2013 - l SBonavista, Newfoundland

Bonavista - nice campground on the lake. Night of arrival we had a Hamburger dinner done by the staff then our Newfie Screech-In Ceremony. They had ask 4 of us to dress up and of course one was me. Then had to do the ceremony. I thank goodness was the server so didn't have to eat the 3 things I served. After that we had to take a shot of rum and finally kiss a cod. Which I did. Missed the picture but someone else has it and will post later. The next day we did a full day of sightseeing. 1st to the water tower where there are murals painted...

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Jul 24, 2013 - Bonavista

Lots of exploring to do here. The Italian explorer, John Cabot, discovered what was to be called New Found Land in 1497. A full scale replica of his ship, the Matthew, was built in 1997 and sits in the harbor in the summer. The Masonic Lodge opened in 1907 and still holds meetings. The Puffin site was an interesting experience. There were at least a 100 of them, mixed in with the screeching seagulls. They were on a very large rock a stones throw from where we were sitting. We were told that sometimes a couple of them fly to within a few...

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Aug 15, 2012 - Bonavista

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 – Bonavista, NFLD We toured the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse established in 1841. This is one of the most photographed sites in the province. We met Margaret who wintered at Seven Oaks RV park with her late husband, John for several years. She now lives in Amarillo, TX and has a fiance and they reside near Trinity, NFLD. What a surprise to meet that far away and have Mission, TX in common. Then on to The Dungeon to see the unique rock formation and the sea and we had lunch there. In town we toured the Ryan...

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