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Old 06-29-2017, 05:05 PM   #15
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Looked up Newfoundland and area. Where do you camp when you visit there? It looks like an interesting place to visit. Also, what Scamp 16 model do you have? And does it keep you warm enough when you camp--which I'm sure it does. Do you use your camper to shower in or is the water affected when you visit such cold areas. You know, any freezing problems. Thanks.

We have a Scamp 16, I think layout 4 with a side bath and a front couch. I have modified our Scamp extensively for our travels, we're on the road 7 months of the year. You can see it under my name "Preparing a 1991 Scamp 16"

We do not use the shower in the trailer. Campground showers are more practical. NL Provincial Parks and Canadian National Parks generally have great showers. A night with electricity in a Provincial Park is $15US.

Seven our trips to NL have begun in early May and end typically in early July. That is a cooler time of the year but not crowded by people or bugs. We usually go in May to attend a Music Festival in Gros Morne, a great National Park. You could spend a month and not see it all.

This year we had 14 inches of snow while in Gros morne in about 24 hours. We carry an electric blanket and a small electric heater. Most of the time the electric blanket is enough.

Though it sometimes goes below freezing, it's never been far below freezing and not for long. We've never had the water freeze. (Note sunrise is very early. The other day we were up at 4:30 AM and it was bright and it's light to nearly 10PM.

It's more than an interesting place to visit, it's the best.If you want a kick, order a copy of the NL Tourist Bureaus NL Guide and Map.

Glad to answer questions.
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Old 06-29-2017, 05:44 PM   #16
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Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions. I really appreciate it. I'm interested in visiting Canada, especially Quebec city and surrounding area. I will look into getting the travel information you suggested.

Got it! The information can be downloaded from the travel site.
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Old 06-30-2017, 03:34 AM   #17
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Most of the time when people are referring to Arctic melting, they are referring to the Arctic Oceans melting and not Greenland. According to most global warming professionals, the Arctic Ocean was projected to have ice free summers well by now and it hasn't happened.

As to Arctic ice free predictions, a number of expeditions have attempted a Canadian Northwest passage with failure. As to the Antarctic, they do produce icebergs and while the Arctic has loss ice coverage due to melting the Antarctic has had record ice years, as well.

For me the reality is Newfoundland has had a record ice year for at least 3 of the last 4 years. It's almost June and spring has just come and fisherman are just leaving their Harbors. Icebergs result from the flow of ice and not the melting of ice.
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This should be of interest. 3 years ago there were 8 blue whales were in the strait of Bell Isle between the island of Newfoundland and Labrador. They were diving for food, when they attempted to surface the ice had frozen and/or moved over them. The ice was so thick they could not surface. They drowned. There backs were all bruised by trying to crash thru the ice. One 80 foot specimen ended up on the beach in Rocky Harbour where we were staying, two others were nearby, a shocking Bic ture of that year's stay.

And the results of the 'warming debate' will take care of itself.
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Old 06-30-2017, 03:59 AM   #19
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Here's a less controversial tale of Newfoundland. Our last two days we re-explored parts of Newfoundland's Baie Verte Peninsulas, a rich mining area. We spent a day in Tilt Cove. In 1864 they discovered a huge copper, gold, zinc deposit that was mined for over 60 years. The town grew to 1500, only reachable by boat. Now the town is down to two couples. It's fun to explore this desserted place, just picking up multicolored stone's is fun. Next year I hope to take our little Scamp down their winding dirt road and spend a week wandering the mine, cemetery, slag piles, abandoned buildings and getting to know the 4 inhabitants. There is so much to see. Here's a fact. To get 2 grams of gold they needed to process a ton of ore. It's impressive that it's possible to do that task.
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Old 06-30-2017, 07:11 AM   #20
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Congratulations on your 17 years of Scamping. I am impressed that you have embraced the Canadian Maritimes so heartily. Although I have traveled most of Canada, the delights of Newfoundland are still to come. You are giving me itchy feet with your posts. Have a great Canada Day on Saturday!
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The Campground we're in, Grand Codroy RV is one of the best in NL. They gave us a little flag for Canada day. Saturday we'll watch fireworks in the little town of Codroy, population 50, compete with hot dogs and hamburgers.
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We'll be going up around the back side of Tioga pass in a few days. The eastern entrance to Yosemite that has just been opened because of the tremendous amount of snow this Year. We've also been out looking at the outrageous river flows. It's breathtaking.
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Thank you Ginny and Norm for sharing your "wanderful" experiences with us.

I'll take this opportunity to wish you both an early, "Happy Birthday"!
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Thank you Ginny and Norm for sharing your "wanderful" experiences with us.

I'll take this opportunity to wish you both an early, "Happy Birthday"!
Thanks for the birthday wishes. Of course we'd like to live forever, it's the only way we'd get to see it all. It's funny, we've now spent 16 months in Newfoundland, and rarely more than a week anywhere, however every trip we find more to explore.

Here's one for you from a Newfoundlander.

"In England they drive on the left side of the road, in the USA they drive on the right side of the road, in Newfoundland they drive on what's left of the road.'

It was a particularly bad year for potholes this year in Newfoundland.
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:33 AM   #26
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Next week we enter the 7th month of our 17th year on the road. Seven months is our average time on the road in each year. We began our journeys on 9/11/2001. I still remember entering my mother's yard and her telling me about the first plane crashing into the twin towers.

Appropriately Ginny and I just finished the book 'The Day The World Came to Town', about how the residents of Gander responded to the emergency.

So much has transpired since we began so many wonderful adventures, people and places. A little shockingly our oldest son is beginning his life as a full timer. We helped him prepare a route to FL based upon Ginny's log books covering 17 years.

It was fun for us. It's amazing how much one remembers.

It:'s clear there are different kinds of memories. Full timing like we do results in two people memories because it's mostly just the two of us. I imagine some day when we're older We' ll go through those logs and develop a simultaneous smile with out a word said.

In the last few years since the Newfoundland caravan we've done a little more traveling with others. I imagine there will be some of that coming up with our children. I suppose this suggest a life transition of some sort, a happy one i'm sure, our kids and their wives are joyful people and have seen the fun we've had. As well the grand kids all approve of our live style, even our Doctor envies our life.

I admit it started as an innocent short term adventure of 3 years, fortunately we recognized the benefits and embraced what was unimaginable when we started.

The problem with full timing is it requires embracing by usually two, it requires a measure of change, a measure of personal extension, of seeing new opportunities, of surrendering part of your past, giving up some measure of old hobbies and looking for new.

I often mention becoming more child like, looking at everything with wonder. One time when I was a mayor we rented a steam train for a town trip. The tracks paralleled a road we had driven 100s of times but from the train it was like we had never driven it before. One other experience like this was when my business partners bought me a bike. I road it 15 miles back and forth to work. Though I had driven the same road many times for years, from the bike it was a totally new road. It seems your perspective is important, flying from NY to Seattle is way different that driving. Taking 4 month to drive to Seattle from NY to Seattle is more wondrous then doing it in 2 weeks. Driving Route 2 across the country in 4 months is better than following I-90. One can have many perspective points in life.

There is safety and a measure of simplicity in a repetitive life, however we find even when we visit the same place 7 times like little Port Orford, Oregon, pop. 1,100 there's always something new to discover. It turns out we've changed, we now see with the eyes of children. Walking hand in hand, looking to delight each other with the wonder about, looking to share our discoveries. Marvelously one son and his wife have begun their adventure with better planning then we did.

In no way am I suggesting it's easy for all. I am a very flexible person, almost Chameleon like and Ginny loves me very much and is happy to be with me, always having confidence that life will work out.

Suddenly I feel excessive however, this how it's worked for us. Love to all, hoping you find happiness in what ever you do.
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I live full-time in my 13 but Scamp, 1996. I love it it gives me the freedom to travel with or without the trailer and I keep finding I need a lesson last things.
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