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Old 05-30-2016, 12:13 PM   #161
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Does the tide go up to those rocks to cause the erosion? Looks very gloomy in the pictures.
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Old 05-30-2016, 01:43 PM   #162
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Today is an overcast day. It rained just after we finished the hike.

Gros Morne has world class geology and views. It is designated a World Heritage Center by the UN, as are two more locations nearby, L'Anse Meadows and Red Bay, those are for next week.

The weather has been typical NL in May 40-60 F, 30-40 F at night. Long hours of sunlight like Alaska.

We were 5 layer dressed for today's hike, right along the water with an onshore wind.

If it had been nicer I would have spent the day at Greenpoint.

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Old 05-30-2016, 01:52 PM   #163
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Jim, the waves particularly during the winter storms do reach the cliffs though the little fish sheds seem to survive and they areat a sitar elevation. There is debris on the sheds doorstep. I wish I were here for at least one winter.

Two of our group just moved out to the Greenpoint Campground. A Scamp 13 and the Bigfoot 25. Picture to follow. Another member of FRV suggested Greenpoint Campground. I'd be there but I stay at the places we planned to maintain the loose caravan concept. One member is still having tow vehicle problems.

As to temperature I generally feel comfortable from 45 to 80, as long as there's Sun.



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Old 05-30-2016, 03:01 PM   #164
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Western Pond

All the Caravan couples except Ginny and I went out for the boat ride up Western Pond and all loved it. Water Falls cascading a 2000 feet off the cliff walls of the former Fiord.

You have to walk out about a mile to take the boat ride, there's a longer loop walk if you choose. One couple took the longer trail only to meet up with a Moose facing them in the trail. They waited and the moose did not move. They turned and walked back taking the shorter trail. The big guy won.

We've all seen Moose.

I sent a message to a late arrival to the Caravan providing two pieces of advice. 1. Newfoundlanders will pass in no passing zones and 2. Moose will cross the road in front of you, may stop, but will do it at their pace. SHortly after getting off the boat he was passed in a no passing zones and not much later two moose crossed in front of him.
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Old 05-30-2016, 03:03 PM   #165
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Big Truck Advantage

In a place like NL one advantage of a big truck is everyone has one here so repair is not likely to be a problem.
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Old 05-30-2016, 10:19 PM   #166
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All the acts of kindness got me wondering about the NL demographics, so I looked them up. Of the 508,000 people there, over 490,000 say they're Christians. It sounds like they have taken the Golden Rule to heart in NL and are living their faith!
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We have yet to attend a church service in NL. I"ll try to get it done on this trip. It's certain that in the recent past they did attend church for even small communities have big churches. I must say I have not noticed a lot of church goers. In the past large families were the norm, it's no longer the case.

For what ever the reason they are community focused. I have another story to tell relating to the Caravan for later in the day.



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All the acts of kindness got me wondering about the NL demographics, so I looked them up. Of the 508,000 people there, over 490,000 say they're Christians. It sounds like they have taken the Golden Rule to heart in NL and are living their faith!
Hi: Mike Magee... Although I have not experienced NFLD "Acts of kindness" people that are essentially, cut off from others, seem more friendly to complete strangers. People in rural western Canada where neighbours can be several miles away are very friendly. Any excuse for a party!!!
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Old 05-31-2016, 08:19 AM   #169
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Alf,
In conversation you'll here reference to the 'kitchen party', where a good part of the community will crowd into someone's kitchen for a party.

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Old 06-01-2016, 09:41 AM   #170
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On our way North
Last night's 'butter delivery system' and the Arches Provincial Park.

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Loose is working.

The looseness is working. We have members in for different communities
I spent the offer afternoon walking the shore looking for fossils with a pot of success.

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4 1st's today

Moose #1( and2),
Pan fried cod lunch in Flowers Cove,
Icebergs in St Anthony,.
And Viking ship in St. Anthony
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Moose #1( and2),
Pan fried cod lunch in Flowers Cove,
Icebergs in St Anthony,.
And Viking ship in St. Anthony
Sounds like a good day Bill, We should be up there with Dave and SUsan in the morning.
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Old 06-01-2016, 05:02 PM   #174
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Thoughts on the Caravan

Sometimes things really work out, usually they work out for us little trailer people. Don't they?

With Kirk and Connie seeing 24 icebergs today, with another member surviving two moose, (everyone's had one or more encounters) and a Viking replica ship sailing from Norway and docking by St. Anthony things are looking very good for "the Loose Caravan".

Of course we've had our little adventures and recognize where we (primarily me) could have made better decisions. The next person to lead the Newfoundland trip can fix the errors. As to my expectations it's worked out well even with the coolest spring in a Newfoundland while.

When the Caravan ends we will have covered about 400 miles in 3+ weeks, we've jokingly called it "Norm's Pace". Our professional Caravan friends cover most of NL, NB, PEI and NS in twice that time frame for $9600. We have taken it slow and easy. Everywhere you stop you could spend an honest month and still feel there's more.

In a place like NL it's very important to meet people, to chit chat, to understand their culture. It's been Ginny and my goal for people to know the NL we love and of course to find their own love as well.

One of the gooffs was the late opening of Labrador. We expected this to be a mid trip adventure, a few days in Labrador. Unfortunately many things appear to be opening later than usual this year. As a result we'll be splitting up after St. Anthony, with most of the crew taking a side trip to Labrador, focusing on Red Pay, another UN World Heritage site along with Gros Morne and L'Anse Meadows.

A number of people have asked it we'll be doing this next year. We may be back to NL but will not be leading a caravan. It's been fun, the people have been wonderful, friends for life I expect, however for us it was a one timer, we are getting older and will be approaching 75 next year and are cutting back on commitments.

As an aside, expenses have been a little higher than we planned but worth every penny to Ginny and I. The exchange rate helped this year for the US citizens.

We are truly sorry that David Shaw (Scouter Dave), the person who initiated the idea was unable to make it. His thought produced great results and we are all thankful to him.

In the coming months I'm sure I'll have more thoughts about the trip and if someone's interested in a loose caravan I'll be glad to share what we learned.
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Yesterday the 35 meter long replica of a Viking ship, the Draken, docked here after a sail only crossing from Norway. We took a tour of this rugged ship today.

As well we hunted out icebergs of all sizes, the number was so large I stopped counting. We're camped at the Viking RV Park close to L'Anse Meadows.

It was also a 3 Moose day for us. One in the party required a 'to the floor' stop not to hit one crossing in front of him. Four sets of eyes are not too many.

I know there are other deserted parts of North America but not too many with so much accessible coast line.

It was almost 20 years ago when we chased our first iceberg like two kids. Now it's fun to see others with their 'child' rising to the surface, their eyes gleeful.
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18.9 mpg for almost 300 miles over the last two days over Newfoundland's hill and dale.

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When we have camped in Canada I don't think we have ever plugged into electric.

What is required and have you found campgrounds with electric during the off season? We do not have a heater in our Scamp and rely on a cube heater when it is cold.

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Nancy,

If it's cold we usually try to have electricity. Last night the hose froze. There are 6 rigs in our caravan and by chance we half have the same Walmart's cube electric heater. We also carry an electric blanket.

This has been a cooler May and June. At the top of the northern Peninsula there's still plenty of snow, numerous icebergs and plenty of Moose, 6 Moose in the last two days.
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We were hopeful that members of the Caravan would get the opportunity to see icebergs and they have it set been a good year.

We're also taken by the amount of wood people have cut and stacked beside the roads and their home built sleds for winter hauling.

We're reaching the end, people are heading off for side trips to Labrador and the east coast of NL. Ginny and I will be heading to Mid-island.

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Our last Caravan stop is at the Viking RV Park, a Passport America Park, spotless tiled showers, great Partridge berry pie, fair prices and close to L'Anse Meadows and the Norse man Restaurant. This is the area where Annie Proulx wrote the book Shipping News.

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