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Aug 8, 2015 - St. Anthony

Yesterday was a long day made longer, because the ferry boat from Labrador had something wrong with it and could not go at top speed. We were supposed to be back in St. Barbe by 9:30, but it was closer to 11pm by the time when we followed our flashlight beams back to the rig. So we were extra grateful that today’s drive was a mere 75 miles and we didn’t get on the road until noon. The sun shone brightly and the blue water sparkled as we drove along the shore. It wasn’t long before a town with a light house caught our eye and we stopped in...

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Jul 15, 2015 - St. Anthony, Newfoundland

We drove up to St. Anthony in the Jeep today to meet our caravan group and have a Viking Festival Dinner. There is a large iceberg in the harbor! I will attach a photo on the next update. Parts for the motorhome are supposed to arrive this weekend to repair the power steering. More later!

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Jul 8, 2015 - Baddeck

July 8th: Most everyone had a catch up morning, laundry, household chores, etc. Linda, Joyce and Vicki went into town for breakfast, stopped at the Visitor Center for info and visited a few gift shops. After my chores were done, I went into town to try to find a hair salon. Finally, my hair has grown enough to get a better cut. The only place in town was a salon in the basement of a beauticians house, in a subdivision. According to her husband, she would only be gone 5 minutes. Thirty minutes later I left without a hair cut. Called her and...

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Jul 5, 2015 - Heading for the ferry

July 5th: Said goodbye to St. John's and the campground, located right in town among the trees of Priddy Park. We are now heading for the ferry back to Nova Scotia, where we'll meet up again with Linda and Gerry. Did about 267 miles today and are camping in the Walmart RV park. Got here just after lunch, so we unhooked a couple of cars and took a ride to Botwood on the Bay of Exploits (where do these names come from?) and Peterview adjacent to it. Not much there except a "flying boat" museum and a few gift shops. Had dinner again at a...

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Jul 2, 2015 - Still St. John's

July 2nd: Today was a rest/catch-up day for everyone except Rodger and I. We decided to take the "Irish Loop", located on the southeastern part of the Avalon Peninsula named to reflect over 400 years of history by Irish immigrant settlers. The "Loop", as it is commonly called is the heart of Irish culture and heritage in Newfoundland and Labrador. In it's 196+/- mile loop, It is supposedly home to the worlds largest Puffin colony, the world's southernmost Caribou herd, the world's oldest fossils, and the oldest continuous permanent...

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Jun 29, 2015 - Going South East

June 29th: Another day of no rain, and it's a travel day, Yea. Going to camp at a Walmart in Gander tonight. Good drive other than a few major potholes where I lost one of the hubcaps on my RV. Didn't leave Deer Lake until about 10:00am as we didn't want to get to Walmart too early. Ended up staying at the Building Supply store next door, had a less crowded parking lot. Had a happy hour in the parking lot between our coaches and then went to a local restaurant for dinner. We've found that here in Canada, we have to pay extra for gravy, only...

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Jun 25, 2015 - Going North

June 25th: Rained all night, and still raining. Not much fun on our travel day. I know I shouldn't have washed my vehicles. Our next stop is St. Anthony's at the very top of the western tip of Newfoundland. Beautiful drive along the coast for most of the trip. Finally saw a moose, but couldn't get a good picture of him while driving. Have now seen two by the side of the road hit by cars, and one alive. This area supposedly has an abundance of them, but, we've been told we have to watch around dusk. With the extended daylight hours here,...

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Sep 15, 2014 - L'anse aux Meadows Newfoundland

Why didn’t we go to Canada in the summer? Last summer Fran and I went to Newfoundland for just a few short days. We cluelessly assumed that it would be small, like Prince Edward Island. Wrong! We only made it as far as Gros Morne National Park (which is just a few hours from the ferry terminal in Port aux Basque). The place is beautiful with wide open spaces, craggy rocks, and a breathtaking shoreline. in fact, the blog homepage photo shows the two of us on a boat in Gros Morne. So we swore we needed to return to really explore the island....

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Jul 16, 2014 - St. Anthony, Nfnd Day 2.

This morning we have overcast skies and wind. We are going to visit the Norstead Viking Village which has been recreated in the area where the Vikings first landed hundreds of years ago. We met there at 10:00 and met our guide Gertrude who presented herself as the Queen of the village. She explained all about the landing of the Vikings and how their settlements were set up. Their buildings were covered with dirt and grass for insulation. They had many rooms which consisted of different areas In one large building. They were for sleeping,...

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Jul 15, 2014 - St. Anthony, Newfoundland Day 1

Today was another drive day. We only have to drive 70 miles. No one was in any great hurry to leave. We will once again be on Highway 430 going north. We drove along the coast with about 27 miles of very rough road. After that it got a little smoother. The sun was bright which made it more pleasurable. We arrived safely and got settled in at Triple Falls Campground. We were all in a lower campground together except for a few larger rigs that stayed above. The electricity was minimal. That did not bother us as we are used to dry camping. At...

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Jul 12, 2014 - L'anse aux Meadows day 2

We enjoyed a day relaxing and touring the ancient viking settlement. I should have had some beautiful pictures, except my camera battery died. What a donkey! We learned a lot about the norsemen sailing in the north Atlantic some thousand years ago. They were mostly looking for lumber which was not available on Iceland. Northern Newfoundland was an essential a stop-over point to rest and make ship repairs before going south into the Gulf of St.Lawrence where trees and nuts and berries were plentiful. After lunch we toured south-east to Saint...

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Jul 10, 2014 - L'anse aux Meadows

Today we did the 400 kilometre drive north to Saint Anthony, and finally l’anse Aux Meadows. This is what inspired Glenna to come up here, the Newfoundland television ads that told where the Vikings had landed in North America. It was an easy drive, over mostly good roads that took us less than 5 hours. The scenery is absolutely amazing. There are two things that topped my must see while in Newfoundland list. Moose and icebergs, and as of tonight, I am on the lookout for moose. We saw whales yesterday, and today it was icebergs. They are...

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