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Old 07-16-2015, 11:45 AM   #1
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The idea for a West Coast Newfoundland Caravan was started by Scouter Dave. Dave visited a couple of weeks ago and we decided to give it a try, something I have never done but offered to help. We are putting a plan together for comment.

We presently have interest from 10 rigs. If you're interested drop me a PM.

As a commentary, Dave is a very interesting, friendly guy. A skilled outdoorsman, a master of knots, a talented writer and poet, his face alone is a book. Ginny and I always look forward to seeing him. I should also say a longtime resident of Newfoundland.

Beyond defining a 'loose caravan' we hope as well to provide suggested side trips for specific interests or trips beyond the caravan's length.

Dave's original post. (found in Safety in Numbers in General Chat)

"I will just throw this out to see where it lands.

What are the chances of someone organizing a "Caravan" of FGRVs with a specific destination in mind? Or are we too relaxed and unstructured for such a regimen?

If there was a starting point and a destination, units could travel to the start and then leave on a specific date. Others could join as the caravan moved across the country. Once the destination is reached travellers could disperse or travel together on a different route to return to their home bases. The first trip would not have to be too long, just enough for us to figure out if it was something that we would try again.

It would require a lot of work, some good organizational skills and a lot of patience and computer time but it could work. It is being done by other groups, [Airstream being one that comes to mind].
If this old horse has been trotted around the barnyard before then let us know right away and it can be put back in the barn. PTYFNA.
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We've added another potential Caravaner to our list. His intersts abound in Newfoundland.

"I love to visit seaport towns & coastal areas. I like to visit small towns & back roads. Simple life."

All reasons I like Newfoundland.
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Old 07-19-2015, 07:20 AM   #3
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Here's a number of Newfoundland Videos from You Tube.

https://www.youtube.com/user/NewfoundlandLabrador

Have fun.

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Do you have a potential time frame for the NL caravan?
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Anita and Ken,

We're still working on the plan but minimally we're timing it to include Tunes, Tales and Trails, a great festival in Gros Morne National Park. The Festival takes place from May 20th to May 29th. It is cool in May but not really cold, I'm an anti-cold person. One nice thing about spring in NL is the relative lack of bugs.

We have two thoughts: 1. meet up before the festival at the Cheeseman Provincial Park, just off the ferry, and head up to Gros Morne for the festival. People could choose to attend the festival and/or explore Gros Morne. Gros Morne could definitely be a multi-week adventure; 2. People could meet up anytime during the festival and we all could proceed north from their taking the time to explore the West Coast of Newfoundland.

We've asked people where they'll be leaving from and how long they plan to stay incase they want to team up to drive north. The drive north to the ferry can itself contain all kinds of adventures. As well we've asked about specific interests. We'll also provide information about the ferry, provincial parks, ....

I told the NL tourist bureau what we're planning and they have offered to generate two classes of tours of NL, a west coast tour and a general NL tour, not that we'll follow either one but it will provide supporting information for everyone.

Ginny and I are planning a post Caravan trip to the Change Islands, Fogo Island and St Brendan's Island.

We're working on it all. Scouter Dave, the leader of the pack, is a very interesting guy, and has been all over the island, as well he's attended all 10 of the TT&T festivals.

If you're interested send me a PM. We have 10 rigs considering the trip. I'm sure some will drop out but others will join. Personally I'm just happy to go to Newfoundland.

Thanks for the interest.
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I just received another expression of interest in the "loose" NL Caravan.

How nice!
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Ok.. I'll ask.. Why the numbers after your signature on this particular thread?

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The latest rig to express interest was from VT which caused me to look at the various states.

3 VT
2 MO
2 ON
1 QC
1 VA
1 NC
1 NL
1 NH

Please note I intend to keep the personal information provided private. All emails will be via blind copy.
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Hi. Chuck and Margatet Rose. We are very interested in attending. We have a 72 boler.
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Shuck and Margatet,

Thank you for your interest. I've sent you a PM for some information so we can get you on the information distribution. The trip should be great fun.


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Old 07-21-2015, 06:53 PM   #11
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Our loose Caravan continues to grow. Another member of the our FRV forum has signed up to join the list of those interested. Of course this is a no fee event, we'll all be paying our own way, I'll try to give you an estimate of what you may spend. Generally I do not find NL to be an expensive place. I'll put together some information from our 7 trips to NL to support all going.

Here's a little history. Three years ago Scouter Dave came up with the concept of a rally at the Tales, Trails and Tunes Festival in Gros Morne. Crazy for Newfoundland as I am, I immediately signed up. It turned out to be a two rig rally but a wonderful time. We loved the music but truly enjoyed meeting David.

Since than we've returned to the festival and spent time with Dave. As well Dave has visited us twice at our NH home and was so kind to our nieces and nephew. They still speak of him and wear the bracelets he gave them. People who take time for children are special.

He suggested a loose Caravan of Newfoundland and a number of rigs have stated interest. Certainly all won't make it, life can create changes. However I can see this could be a fun concept that could reach well beyond Newfoundland.
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I've written about NL a number of times on the site and would own a small place their if I could convince Ginny. I haven't given up and hope I'm wearing her down.

On our last trip we went to Harbour Breton on the south coast, a 130 mile drive down a road Ginny calls the Road From Hell, not to hell. Really not a lot on the road, no power poles, no gas stations, no phone service, no houses, just beautiful landscapes and moose.

I decided to see what's for sale and found a 16x20 foot cabin, living area, bathroom, 2 small bedrooms, generator, out building and on an island. Now who hasn't wanted to live on an island 10-15 minutes from NL's mainland. Price $3,500. I almost sent a check.

The island's a little further than the end of the road. Probably for Ginny something on the end of the road would be better.

There are people that grow food, hunt moose and build boats.
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Our loose Caravan continues to grow. Another member of the our FRV forum has signed up to join the list of those interested. Of course this is a no fee event, we'll all be paying our own way, I'll try to give you an estimate of what you may spend. Generally I do not find NL to be an expensive place. I'll put together some information from our 7 trips to NL to support all going.

Here's a little history. Three years ago Scouter Dave came up with the concept of a rally at the Tales, Trails and Tunes Festival in Gros Morne. Crazy for Newfoundland as I am, I immediately signed up. It turned out to be a two rig rally but a wonderful time. We loved the music but truly enjoyed meeting David.

Since than we've returned to the festival and spent time with Dave. As well Dave has visited us twice at our NH home and was so kind to our nieces and nephew. They still speak of him and wear the bracelets he gave them. People who take time for children are special.

He suggested a loose Caravan of Newfoundland and a number of rigs have stated interest. Certainly all won't make it, life can create changes. However I can see this could be a fun concept that could reach well beyond Newfoundland.
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Norm,
This sound like a veery exciting adventure! Wish I was retired and we would love to join up with your group and tour the northeast, with you guys. Looks like you are doing lots of prior planning for the Caravan! This would be an amazing tour, with lots of good fellowship, sites and food!
What more could a person ask for???????
Please keep us posted on your adventures? Also, if you could add a few pictures, that would be great.

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This sound like a very exciting adventure! Wish I was retired and we would love to join up with your group and tour the northeast, with you guys. Looks like you are doing lots of prior planning for the Caravan! This would be an amazing tour, with lots of good fellowship, sites and food! What more could a person ask for???????
Please keep us posted on your adventures? Also, if you could add a few pictures, that would be great. Nut501
We will add pictures as we put together a plan and some of the side trips.

I imagine it will be great fun. We've never had a bad time. It's different enough to be interesting every day. We're trying to make it a 'loose' caravan. Allowing people to come in at different times, to leave anytime, to do side trips.

Scouter Dave always attends Trails, Tales, and Tunes in Gros Morne, the last full week in May of 2016. People could come any time during the festival, attend festival events and/or explore Gros Morne.

People may also meet up before the festival and do things on the way to Gros Morne. We also provide information for side trips like coastal Labrador. We're trying to give choices and provide flexibility.

A number of people are coming from the same region and may decided to travel together, to take a pre caravan trip to PEI or the Cabot Trail. The Canadian Maritimes are really fun. If you're driving through the Maritimes and have the time, definitely lots of exploring opportunity.

The reality is no one is paying to be guided around and as a result will be able to follow their interest without feeling they paid for something they're not using.

Most people have suggested 3 to 4 weeks. Any number would be fun. With the cost of the ferry, longer makes some sense.

Personally, assuming a good iceberg year, and one never knows, I could track down icebergs until they were gone.

Always ready to answer questions.
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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.

Parks Canada - Gros Morne National Park - Hiking
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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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