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Sep 26, 2017 - Crossing the Top

I can just imagine what life might have been like for those poor souls on a 1700's sailing ship. The man writing the log book at the end of the day... "An' we're still out here somewhere, it all looks the same". Starting our morning in Gander, Newfoundland is kind of neat. Both of us kept reminding each other where we were, and then we'd smile. During the night the rains came. Sometimes hard and just when you thought it was done and the noise ended, it would start up again... right through until 8:30 am when we were ready to start packing...

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Sep 5, 2017 - Hawkes Bay to Deer Lake

This morning I backtracked a few kilometres to the Atlantic Salmon Interpretive Centre. After my disappointing visit to the Salmon Museum in New Brunswick, I wasn’t expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised. The first thing I learned was that Atlantic salmon don’t die after they spawn like their Pacific cousins. They can live for up to 20 years & come back to spawn maybe 7 times. The salmon spawning grounds here on the Torrent River were destroyed by the logging that happened in the 1950s & even after logging ceased on 1958, the...

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Aug 27, 2017 - Deer Lake

Next weekend is the Labour Day (yes, the Canadians spell it with a “u”) long weekend which marks the official end of the summer holiday time because the kids go back to school the following day. I thought it would probably be quite a busy time so I needed to plan a bit further ahead than I have been. I’ve spent most of the day doing research & have made bookings for the next week, ending up at l’Anse aux Meadows next weekend. This is the only confirmed Viking settlement in North America & as I’ve had an ongoing interest in the Vikings for...

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Aug 26, 2017 - Gander to Deer Lake

Gander is a town built around an airport. Because of its low incidence of fog, it was chosen as the site of an English air base in the 1930s. During WW2 Gander became an important base for convoy escort & coastal patrol aircraft as well as a refuelling stop for many planes crossing the Atlantic. It remained an important refuelling stop for commercial aircraft for several decades after the war. When all the US airports were closed after the 9/11 attacks, the population of Gander doubled as hundreds of planes were diverted to Canadian...

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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...

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Jul 17, 2017 - Gateway RV Park (7/17 - 7/19/17)

We got to western Newfoundland and spent 3 nights at Gateway to the North RV Park. It was a pretty big park and was nearly full. Just across the street is the Insectarium. We got all set up and were going to go over to see it. We visited one last year in Santa Fe, NM. By that time it was too late because they were closing in 30 minutes. On our way that day we ran into a 45 minute stall behind road work. They were resurfacing the highway. It really needed it! Also, there were many signs warning of moose, but we saw absolutely no moose on the...

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Jul 8, 2017 - Gander......more than just a wide spot on the road

It was pouring today as we said goodbye to this part of NFLD and headed off down the TCH for the west. Because we had done all the side roads coming east we decided to take the quicker though far less scenic option on such a miserable day. Stopping in Gander Wayne went to see the aviation museum and it was excellent. The history of this place is amazing. It was built in the late 30’s chiefly because it was a flat piece of land near the railroad with a lake handy to land sea-planes on. At the time it was in the middle of nowhere as close as...

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Sep 6, 2016 - Another day in he Park

A slow start this morning, but eventually made our way back to Gros Morne National Park to see some more Points on a different side. As we travelled the hyway , there were a lot more higher elevations, looking over the St Lawerence Gulf. And very windy as well.I was hanging on the HS Handle a few times. We stopped at a Discovery Centre that displayed tons of information on the park and how it became. Another school day for us in history. The view today as we drove was magnificent. And it helped being a clear sunny day . We got back to our...

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Sep 5, 2016 - Gros Morne National Park

Today we set off to see Gros Morne National Park. As we traveled through the park the windy roads and water along side were so beautiful. Lots of drop offs that were cliffs caused by the St Lawerance erosion. Truly amazing. We reserved a spot to go on a boat tour into Western Brook Pond. Frank and I had to walk 3 k in , taking in the natural habitats of the land, from the marshland , to birds, trees, grassy land., we then hopped on a tour boat for 2 hrs . To see all the rock formations, several waterfalls, the pond use to be part of the...

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Sep 4, 2016 - Deer Lake NFLD

Our journey today took us along The TCH 1 and we decided to go into Stephenville and go around The French Ancestor's Route. As you can see with the pictures I posted, there was a loop around the water. Very scenic. I was concerned pulling the 5th wheel , but Frank managed it just fine. We then carried on to Deer Lake Campground in Deer Lake. Very reasonably priced and a good hub for unhooking and venturing off site seeing. Tomorrow we are going to Gros Morne National Park, and area , recommended by a few people we talked with. It was a...

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Aug 1, 2016 - Preparing for the tour

Pasadena, NL Aug 1-2 - Cornerbrook & Pasadena The drive was mainly a divided hwy, the terrain was rolling, you drive up and then down, not step, just long. This terrain reminded me of the Fraser Canyon on the Hope side, and changing to Salmon Arm area, as all of the hills/mountains are covered with trees and the fields covered in grass and hay. We picked up a few things at Walmart, and got water at the Dollar Store. Arrived at Jim & Dot's place in Pasadena around 2 pm and got parked, Jim's is a fellow I worked with back in PG. We have a...

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Aug 5, 2015 - an unscheduled stop

Trans Canada Highway 1 is the main road through the interior of Newfoundland and a decent two lane road for the most part. However, all the interesting places we want to see are on the coast, founded long before the highway system was built. So our pattern here seems to be going a bit west on TCH1 and then driving up a finger to a sea port destination and then retracing our steps, driving a bit farther west and going up the next finger. Lots of driving, not all that much progress. And when you travel over an especially squeaky, creaky part...

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