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Old 07-15-2017, 04:08 PM   #341
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Cathi, It's a long trip however since we stop in NH most years it's not too bad, as well we spend two months making the ferry cost less significant on a daily basis.
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Old 07-16-2017, 06:18 AM   #342
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Thoughts on Newfoundland Costs

All the following costs assume and exchange rate of .75 USD to the Canadian dollar. The first big cost is the Ferry to Newfoundland. Roundtrip from North Sydney, Nova Scotia is $500 USD for our small rigs.

The second big item is gasoline, about $3.50 USD a gallon, diesel is typically less.

Private Campgrounds have gotten more expensive in the last 2 years, now in the $25 to $30 USD range. Provincial parks with electricity are $15 USD. They are a best buy and all very nice. Some Provincial Parks are all dry camping, there the rates are closer to $10 USD. We stay in provincial parks about half our time.

We have a very small fridge so we can carry little in the way of food. Eggs, butter and meat are very expensive in Newfoundland. Eggs are 3 times and butter twice as expensive as the states, so much for free trade. Though we don't drink too much alcohol. it is also very expensive in Canada.

I'm not complaining about the costs, we both love going to NL.
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Old 07-17-2017, 08:41 AM   #343
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Fogo Island has a world class hotel, very expensive, people come from all over. The hotel built 4 artist studios where world class artists come of all kinds. All four studios require a hike out for artists and tourists. Three Lookout over the ocean and the fourth over a pond. They all have an unconventional look. The following is the pond view studio.



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The above studio is in Deep Harbour, Fogo Island. On Fogo Island there are 11 small communities. Each of them has hiking trails the majority of the hikes are 2-5 kms in length, most involve changes in elevation.
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Ginny climbing up Brimstonehead, a shorts day. Note the ice in the harbour. Fisherman lost about a month of fishing due to the ice. Attachment 108752
Glacial erratics, rocks transported by glaciers from another place, are all over Newfoundland. Picture taken on the climb of Fogo Head. The roundness comes from grinding and rolling of the stone under the glacier. Attachment 108753
Ice everywhere, called slob ice locally.
I woder if 'slob ice' is so called because of the influence of British English... in other words, slahb instead of slab (rhyming with crab)?

Here in OK the Glass Mountains (just buttes, really) are sometimes referred to as Gloss Mountains; they were named by a man of England. You should visit them some time, Norm, since you are so interested in geology. The soil sparkles.
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I believe the sourcing is Scandinavian and Gaelic though it's a good thought.

We have not spent a lot of time in OK. There's just not enough time for everywhere, particularly at our pace. We figure 10 more years on the road, no longer trying to get everywhere but new places all the time.
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:02 AM   #347
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Tilt Cove is locate near the top of Bae Verti in Northern Newfoundland, a mineral rich area. The town of Title Cove was founded in 1813, a small fishing village, only reachable by boat. In 1854 copper was discovered and it rapidly grew, mining lasting about 70 years. Now there are 4 people remaining. Click image for larger version

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Tilt Cove has a pond in it's center located a few 100 meters from it's ocean harbor. Steep cliffs surround the town on all sides. Today there's a 4km dirt road down to what remains. Originally all the homes, businesses including a bowling alley and movie theater at one time, we're packed around the town. Click image for larger version

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Not too much left.

Definitely a place we plan to revisit and explore next year.
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I just came across a few pictures of Newfoundland by John Sylvester in a coffee table book in a hospital waiting room. For those who want to see more of his photos, look for this book:
The Little Book of Newfoundland & Labrador - John Sylvester - Hard Cover
Strikingly beautiful.
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Hi Norm,

Thanks for forwarding the blog info on your trip.

In your most recent post you mentioned that you camp in Provincial Parks about half the time. Where do you camp the other half?

Great photos on Fogo, and Tilt. Could you boondock at Tilt?

I'll be following all your posts.

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You could certainly boondock in Tilt Cove. I suspect that one of the four people might even let you plug in and get water. I intend to write to them this year and discuss camping with them.

There are plenty of places to boondock.. WHen you get off the ferry and drive about 10 miles there's a big parking lot right across the street from the ocean at Wreckhouse. Park perpendicular to the mountains incase it gets windy.

There are places to Boondock on Fogo and three dumping stations on the island. However we choose to stay at the Lions Club campground, a wonderful campground right on the ocean. It's less than $20 USD.
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For those going to Fogo Island Newfoundland there are a number of good hikes, Brimstonehead, Fogohead, Lions Den, the four artist studio hikes..

South coast hikes include the Harvey Trail, Rose Blanche Lighthouse, and Barachois Falls.

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Newfoundland's provincial flower, the pitcher plant, the leaves create pitchers of water where bugs drown and no rush the plant.
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Old 05-26-2018, 02:37 PM   #352
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Back in Newfoundland

We're back in Newfoundland for our 10th year. This year we are traveling with our oldest son for two months, after all these years he wants too see his Dad's Newfoundland (his words). I can say the trip has been a delight. Norm and his wife Laurie are fun to travel with though I must admit they can go longer and stronger into the night than we can, We're basically 9PM people but at the music concert in Gros Morne, 10 PM is a minimum, music always goes to 1pm if you're up to it.

This year has been the coldest year we've experienced, the locals say the same thing. Gander had 14 inches of snow this week and we've had flurries many evenings but happily with out accumulation. Our solution, after one freezing, is to disconnect the hose every night. Our son has a heated hose.

We crossed on May 15th, beginning the trip by driving the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. Young Norm has posted a ton of pictures under Norman Milliard on Facebook.

If you haven't come to Newfoundland you're missing a real treat.
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Hi Norm,
We were almost envious of you being back for another season until you mentioned the white stuff and the cold. We still hope to return next year to see the east side of the island.
This year we want to go to the 50th anniversary of the Boler trailer in Winnipeg in August. Last week we found matching folding bikes on Kijiji so we're all ready to go.
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We were almost envious of you being back for another season until you mentioned the white stuff and the cold. We still hope to return next year to see the east side of the island.
This year we want to go to the 50th anniversary of the Boler trailer in Winnipeg in August. Last week we found matching folding bikes on Kijiji so we're all ready to go.
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Bikes are always handy however here on the west coast there are really some severe hills. They had a 40 mile bike ride from Woody Point to Rocky Harbour and I doubt that on my best youthful bike day that I could manage those hills.
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Music

Last night's town hall concert was outstanding. It began with a select group of teenagers, 11 on the fiddle and 1 on a cello. They were really great and well trained, 9 of the 11 spoke on the vatious pieces they played, excellent training for life.

This was followed by three excellebt groups, all professionals that new how to engage their audience, I could go right back and listen to all of them again. Actually our kids left that concert for another concert that went until after midnight. The older parents were well asleep before they returned to their trailer.

Oh yes proceeding the 8-10 PM concert there was another concert thta ran from 1 to 3 PM at the Lions Club. The Lion's club as is the Saturday tradition prepared a Newfoundland lunch, Brewis with Lassie Bread. This morning begins with a 2 hour bird wald and ends after midnight with a closing concert. Ginny's favorite Newfoundland singer is performing, Dave SHears and we'll be up late tonight.

Another fun aspect of this trip is we met up with a friend from FRV who is traveling with four friends. She's partially using our Guide to NL. They all love NEwfoundland and stated they'll be back. WE'll be meeting with them at least at our next stop and probably the one after that. at the Iceberg Festival, Schedule follows. The Iceberg Festival - June 1-10, 2018

If you look at the schedule you'll see there's more to do than you can. THis schedule does not include the many things there is to do in this area.

We go from here to Viking RV in Quirpon (pronounced Carpon).

It's a really bright, windless day this SUnday in NL.
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Two hikes today. The following pictures are from our hike around Berry's head pond. The first picture is of simply moss, looking so comfortable the second is of the Long Range Mountains looking over the pond.


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Old 06-03-2018, 12:09 PM   #357
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Why do we Love Newfoundland?

We've been at the Viking RV Park near L'Anse aux Meadows, the verified Viking site in North America. Grace Barney is the owner. We're staying an extra day because of the snow and wind. Check me out and check out the flags. Our Scamp felt like it would blow away.

Today Grace made us a wonderful Partridge berry pie, just normal NL graciousness.

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Here's another reason to love Newfoundland. Four days ago we drove router 430 to Quirpon to stay at the Viking RV Park. You drive along the Straits of Belle Isle. The strait separates the island of Newfoundland from Labrador, the snow covered cliffs can barely seen across the water, about 10 miles on the ride up there was no ice I the strait.

Four days later the strait was full of ice for a good portion of the ride, giant chunks of ice with a few big bergs interspersed and one giant berg that initially I thought was the Labrador ferry.

The a first picture shows our trailer, the ice and the big berg. The next picture is the big berg and lastly strait ice. This transition was due to high north winds that blew ice out of the Labrador current and down the strait. Winds strong enough at the Viking Campground making us wonder if we'd roll. All in all an amazing transition.

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Old 06-05-2018, 01:59 PM   #359
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You've convinced me Norm. Newfoundland is on our list, but it'll have to wait for awhile.

I even know how to properly pronounce it since I saw a cooking show where Andrew Zimmern visited:

"Understand Newfoundland".
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