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Old 07-22-2015, 10:36 AM   #15
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Fleur de Lys Dorset Soapstone Quarry

I was thinking about NL's west coast and harking back to our first trip in 1995 . bout 1500 years ago the Dorset people began using stones they chiseled soapstone bowls out of the cliff face. Note how deep the face is cut back.

https://www.google.com/search?q=dors...JtLi9jDwSks%3D

As a side note soap stone can be carved to ice cube size called Whiskey stones. When cooled they can keep a glass of whiskey cool without diluting the drink. Something to learn every day. This quality is due to their high specific heat, that is the ability to maintain their temperature.
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Western Pond Fiord, Gros Morne

One of the interesting places to visit in Gros Morne is the Western Pond Fiord, long ago connected to the sea. It;s a 40 minute trail to the tour boat and a longer hike, should you choose, to the top of the rim.

This video gives and idea of it's wonders.

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The Tablelands, Gros Morne

I was asked by a couple of people to show some of the opportunities of NL.

We've been coming to NL since 1995. We've come 7 times. Of those 14 months, I would say we've spent no less than 2 months in Gros Morne. It is a World Heritage site as designated by the UN. (The Viking Site further up the west coast is another as is Red Bay Labrador on Labrador's coast road.) It's unique geology is parts of the story.

One part is the Tablelands, geology rarely seen. The Tablelands is part of the earth's Mantle. The Mantle is the part of the earth below the earth's outer crust. In Gros Morne due to collisions between continents, the mantle has been thrust up to create Gros Morne's Tablelands.

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Coastal Trail or Tuckamore Trail

There's a walking trail totally below the Tuckamore that was used by mail carriers and others to walk from village to village, like a tunnel through wind swept pines. In looking for information on this trail I came across this Internet page of most of the trailed hikes in Gros Morne. They are rated to length and difficulty. The Tuckamore Trail is an easy fun hike along the coast.

There's more here than you can do in a month.

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I'm sitting here having my own loose mental caravan through NL, highlighting many of the more popular places though after walking the Coastal (Tuckamore) Trail a number of times we have only met one other couple on the trail. We've seen more animals than that.

Along the trail you can see these little cutouts where it's apparent animals can bed down out of the ocean storms, Tuckamore protected.

The popular places are such for good reason, but the places not known, the peace in the end of the road village, are just as rewarding.
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Good thing the Caravan is next year
USA Today: Summer is so bad here that cops arrest weathermen - From USA Today

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Old 07-23-2015, 02:21 PM   #21
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Brian,

The satellites report that temperatures have been decreasing for 21 years now, yet USA government land based records show the hottest year ever. Probably trying to create hoopla for the Paris Global warming meeting. Who do we believe?

Here in NH we are having a very cool year, another day in the low 70s, very unusual for late July. The North Atlantic is very cold this year. Hopefully it will not be the case in 2016.

We've gone to Newfoundland in the spring 6 times, always arriving in May. We each bring a pair or two of shorts with us, figuring we'll wear them on the way home in July. We have never needed them in the spring. Generally we only wear jeans in Newfoundland along with a long sleeve jersey and a jacket. When we travel north we always bring a heavy sweater as well. Really good if it's a cold windy day, you're never far from North Atlantic waters or for a boat ride out to see the icebergs.

As part of our always in the tow vehicle kit we have watch caps and scarfs. Ginny knitted me an Angora, really soft watch cap, kind of feminine feeling, which means it feels really good on my head. Our kit is designed to provide warmth and a little food when out in some of the 'out' places.

Though we've had a few cool days nothing in the shivering sense.

My phone has 2 Newfoundland locations for me to look at every day. One is Cappahayden (in the 60s this week) where I'm trying to get Ginny to buy an ocean front lot with a Trillium on it and the other is Fogo Island (52).

I received two tours from the NL Tourist Bureau today, a lot of good material for extended or day trips for people. I feeling a little down because I'm wishing I were there.
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:57 AM   #22
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2015 Newfoundland Guide Book

I just received my 416 page Newfoundland Guide book and Newfoundland Map.

The title of this year's book is Lost and Found. Is it possible to feel Lost and Found at the same moment?

Losing the hustle and bustle and finding peace. A young woman alone on a cliff in a light breeze, overlooking a for miles empty beach, a clear, true blue sky and a quiet sea. It's amazing how much you can be just with your self in Newfoundland.

In an earlier post I mentioned the book and where to get it.. If you haven't gotten, one you should, It's free and even if you don't go to Newfoundland this book will pull you there... as well it always comes with a very nice book mark.

Now the planning really begins.
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Old 07-31-2015, 01:48 PM   #23
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Every day..

I posted this in another thread but it's from the NL Traveller's Guide:

The traveller sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he comes to see.
G.K. Chesterson.

Something new everyday. Now I need a Chesterson book.

When you look thru the Traveller's Guide you see these wonderful pictures, honestly they are every where. Turn down any road and wonder awaits.

One of our first days in Newfoundland we drove from Port aux Basque east on route 470 towards Rose Blanche, probably just to go to the end of the road, probably less than a 20 mile ride out. For us 20 miles can turn into 100.

Route 470 reminds of us of our hikes around Inish Bofin (Island of the White Cow) that Ginny's family came from. A rocky land with rolling landscape dotted with bogs.

We turn down each of the roads off route 470 to the little communities.

One community we drove by a cemetery and stopped and walked the stones, quite different from New England stones. In Ise aux Morts we walked the Harvey trail which progressively describes the story of a sea rescues. Further along we came upon a small 2 vehicle parking lot, a boardwalk leading out to a distant waterfall dropping down from the flat lands above.

Ginny and I have taken the walk to the falls twice, I don't recall ever seeing another couple.

At the end of the road was the Rose Blanche stone lighthouse that had been a ruin. Local people took a course in stone cutting and quarried rocks from the beach to recreate the lighthouse.
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Early Sunday morning, the sun is up, Norm's up and checking FRV. We've added another traveler to the NL Caravan List.

We have Bolers(3), Casita(1), Scamps(8), Bigfoots(2) and Trillium(1).
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NL Ferry

Over the next few months I'll write a few paragraphs on information we've gained from our trips to Newfoundland. I will also post them on the Forum under NL Caravan 2016 for others who might want to make the trip in the future. It is also my intention for those who are interested to send you information on people from your area that plan to go with their and your permission.

A trip to Newfoundland requires a ferry crossing from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port aux Basque, Newfoundland. This is the normal ‘short ferry route. Like many words ‘short’ is relative, this is a 6 hour crossing. The ships are huge and well appointed.

In the summer there is also a long ferry, that crosses to St John’s, NL from North Sydney. This ferry is a true sea crossing and takes 14 hours. Some people take the short ferry, drive across NL to St John’s and return on the long ferry. We have never done this. We have three reasons, first the drive from St. John’s is 9.5 hours and we like the drive. Second the long ferry is really in the big ocean and crossings have taken as many as 48 hours, Third, the long ferry is proportionally more expensive.

On the short ferry you park your vehicle on the ship directed by a very competent crew. SInce this ship opens at both ends, you drive your rig off at Port aux Basque. There are two ferries, one at about noon docking around 6 PM; the second at midnight arriving at 6 AM. Over the years we’ve made 14 crossings taking both,

Besides making a reservation for your vehicle and it’s passengers, you can reserve a room if you want to sleep. We never have. You are not allowed to spend the crossing in your rig nor to go down to rig during the crossing. Of course you must shutoff your propane tank, however the hold of the ship is cool and things in your fridge will stay cool. Pets are allowed to stay in your vehicle however they do have an on board kennel. There is ample information about pets in the link.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pets | Marine Atlantic

The ship has excellent seating, better than an airliner and we generally use those. We begin the trip by getting on the Internet or reading a book, eventually falling asleep in our chairs. We typically take a blanket from the Scamp and sometime a pillow.

The ship has a cafeteria and since we typically take the overnight ferry, we have breakfast on the ship shortly before docking in Port aux Basque.

The ferry terminals allow you to enter just after the previous ferry leaves, as much as 12 hours before your departure. One thing I learned about Ginny in our travels is she likes to watch the loading of ships so we typically get their early so she can watch. I typically read or nap in the trailer. You can also leave the ferry yard on foot and walk the town for dinner or lunch.

You must make a reservation to cross to NL on line. When making the reservation you need to know the length of your trailer and tow vehicle combination, for example our Honda CRV and Scamp 16 (with rear bumper box) was 30 feet long. You can make the return reservation days before you decide to leave. We have never had a problem getting a reservation.

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As an aside, Ginny took seasickness medication on our first trip. It makes her shockingly unfriendly once we land. She gave it up and has been fine in every crossing. All of our crossings have been fine in the ocean liner style ships.

If you have any questions or general information you'd like me to write about drop me a line.

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NL Time

Newfoundland Time.

Time Zones are a part of North American life.

Most of Canada’s Atlantic provinces are on Atlantic time. When it is 7:00 in Maine, eastern time, it is 8:00, Atlantic time, in PEI, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Newfoundland has it’s own time zone, when it is 8:00 in NB and NS it is 8:30 in Newfoundland. It’s the only ˝ hour time zone I’ve visited.
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Newfoundland Phone and Internet

Newfoundland Phones and Internet.

Cell phones work fine in Newfoundland, typically data plans are expensive. Our approach is to call Verizon and get Canadian service added to our phones. It cost about $12 a month and basically gives us unlimited calls to the States and 1000 minutes a month within Canada. When we return we drop it and return to our regular service.

Since data plans are expensive we use wireless Internet in Newfoundland. All provincial parks have wireless around the check in station, ask for the pass word. You generally find us parked there first thing in the morning and in the evening.

Many private parks have free wireless internet, mention it at check in and they often give better wireless site.

Most communities in Newfoundland have a CAP center, Community Access Program. CAP centers are wireless hotspots. Generally you can park in front of the buildings and get on the Internet, only one has ever had a password. Buildings that serve as CAP centers Are usually marked with a CAP sign. Most often they are schools but also libraries and in smaller towns, town halls.

Other more traditional free Internet like fast food hot spots are a lot rarer in Newfoundland. You can find them in the cities, but cities are few and far between. Half the population of the island lives in greater St. John’s. The largest city on the west coast of Newfoundland is Cornerbrook, about 30,000. No other West coast community has 10,000 people. Port aux Basque has 4700 but does have a large grocery store, and a Tim Hortons.

I’m considering switching one of my Verizon phones to Straight Talk and using their International Plan when in Canada. This would give me free calls to the states and it may give me a 5 gigabyte data plan. In the states using my former Verizon phone I would still be on the Verizon network. The International plan when you bring your own phone is $60 a month. I’m about to try it on my phone.

Though Internet and phone access is available on the ferry crossing it can be spotty. All seating provides multiple TV access. Your own headphones or buds are required to hear a particular station, selectable at your seat.
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NL Water

NL Water.

I primarily mention this because it bothers Ginny. Many campgrounds have a spring boil water order, even the provincial parks that have deep water wells. I’ve asked the park rangers and they smile a little and say they drink the water and have never experienced a problem. It’s a precaution. We’ve been in some private campgrounds who have a permanent boil water sign and never bother to take it down.

We always use the water when cooking or making coffee. We also always carry a case of bottled water with us in the tow vehicle. We got into the habit driving desert back roads. When hiking Ginny has a small back pack she wears that can carry two water bottles. Bottled water is available in NL.

Except for Fogo and the Change Islands, the water looks fine. On these islands the water looks decidedly yellow. The local people tell me they use it for everything except tea. We have poured the yellow water into our tanks with no long term problems.

No provincial parks have water at their sites. Your tank can be filled on the way in
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