Archive for July, 2007

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

We departed Lunenburg at 10 a.m. for a short 52 mile trip to Woodhaven RV Park just outside of Halifax NS.  Our group was the first to arrive and were able to get parked and setup before the heavy rains came. It was a free day, but some folks went to the Maritime Museum today to see its two main features:  1912 Titanic and the 1917 harbor blast, the largest non-nuclear explosion in the world.  Melitta and I kicked back and brought our blogs up to date while it poured.

The next day, a chartered coach greeted the Adventure Caravan group in the park at 8:30 a.m. and took us for a 68 mile tour of the Fairview Titanic Cemetery, the beautiful Public Gardens, & a view from the Citadel Fort in Halifax, and to Peggys’ Cove for lunch.  the weather was in the 70’s but humid from yesterday’s rain.

Guide in Fairview CemeteryOn April 10th, 1912, the Titanic left on her maiden voyage with over 2,200 passengers and crew members on board.  Four days later, she struck an iceberg south of Newfoundland.  She sank in two hours 40 minutes.  Just over 700 survivors in lifeboats were rescued by the Carpathia and taken to New You.  The White Star Line, with offices in Halifax, commissioned four Canadian vessels to look for bodies in the area.  The four ships recovered 328 bodies,  Many were buried at sea, but 209 bodies were brought to Halifax, the closest major port to the area of the sinking.  All victims thought to be Protestant were buried in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery.

Halifax Public GardensThe 140 year old Halifax Public Gardens are more than an open space or park. They are a rare example of a formal Victorian public garden surviving intact and relatively unspoiled in the heart of a modern city. Hurricane Juan in 2003 destroyed close to 100 trees in the garden, but it opened up up more to show the beauty.  Here we see a worker laying down on the job!!!

Peggys's Cove Fishing VillageAccording to legend, Peggys’ Cove was named after the only survivor of a schooner that ran aground and sank in 1800…a woman named Margret. Local folk called her "Peggy" and her home came to be known as Peggy’s Cove. The original lighthouse was built in 1868. It is one of the most photographed lighthose, and has a beautiful fishing village.  Please check out our  Photo Gallery for pictures of the lighthouse and the Halifax area.

In the evening we introduced the Adventure Caravan leaders and many of the participants to "Card BINGO" — a fun evening during a wide spread power failure.

Halifax ExplosionAdventure Caravan had a staff hosted breakfast of pancake, eggs, sausage, OJ and coffee.  Afterwards, four ladies when into town to have their nails done.  In the afternoon, Melitta and I went to the Halifax Maritime Museum.  It was very interesting how pirates were prosecuted and hung (See photo gallery).  Besides the Titanic exhibit (which must people understand), the 1917 Halifax Explosion exhibit was facinating.  A ship collided with an ammunition ship in the harbor, leveling part of the town, killing 1,500 people and injuring 9,000.  13,000 homes and businesses were damaged or wrecked, with 6,000 people completely homeless. See the complete hisory at Halifax Explosion. This was the largest, non-nuclear, explosion in the world.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Groups of three to four rigs departed Dunromin Campground on Saturday between 9 and 10 a.m. for a 88 mile trip to the Lunenburg Board of Trade Campground in Lunenburg, NS.  Most of us stopped at Wal-Mart 16 miles before our destination.

At 5:45 p.m. church bells pealed out music, and then a fog horn kept tune as fog rolled up the bay.  At 8:00 p.m. there is a cool mistiness, as the fog thickens over the water, and drifts across our RVs like smoke. 

Did you hear that quiet fog horn from the distance all night? We woke up to some local fog and hefty rain for the first couple of hours this Sunday morning. I witnessed a few die hearts getting up early to attend the local church service. Lunenburg has quite a few beautiful old churches.  A monument at the top of the hill here at this campground explains the names of all the German and Swiss settlers that came to Lunenburg back in 1753.

Fisheries Museum of the AtlanticDriving down a few blocks to the little fishing village is one of the prettiest ones and full of history. We gathered for the "Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic" which is housed in the buildings of a former fish processing plant on Lunenburg’s historic waterfront. The museum celebrates the rich fishing heritage of the Atlantic Coast of Canada. The Millennium Aquarium provides a unique opportunity to explore the strange and fascinating world of the sea creatures, which have been the basis of the Atlantic Coast fishery.   We were told that the bright red paint on the houses by the pier is paint made of cod liver oil and ochre. The cod, once King of the North Atlantic, was also the subject of an informative talk.  I wonder if Home Depot or Sears sells that paint today.

Eastern Star SailboatThe guide tour took a half hour, however we were able to view the rest of the large exhibits on our own. Another couple, Harvey and Sharon shared a light lunch with us at the Grand Banker Seafood Bar overlooking the harbor. Meanwhile the sun came out, but so did the humidity.

It stayed sunny all day long. By 4:30 p.m. we sailed with a 60 foot ketch called "Eastern Star" from our little fishing village Lunenburg for a 1 1/2 hr round trip. The entire boat was chartered for the two dozen or so of us caravaners. No sooner where we outside the harbor, the sails went up and the boat did a list toward one side. For those who were seated on the downward side we held on to dear life so not to slide right out of the boat. The low sideBut a deck hand advised a few of us to sit on the life preservers and to seat ourselves onto the floor with our feet embraced against the floor board of the boat. As we sailed the first half toward the mouth of the bay where it meets the Atlantic Ocean, Bill Witt brought some yummy treats and glasses of champagne with a strawberry for everyone to celebrate two birthdays on board. My, could this get any better?  As we sailed through the bay, we saw spectacular views towards the shore behind us and to all sides. Fishing boats on the water presented even more of a complete picture of perfect scenery.

Jamie, the captainJamie, our teenager on board was asked if he would like to sit next to our Captain and steer the boat back to shore, and so he did. You should have seen the smile on him grinning from ear to ear. We all had so much fun and probably remember this as one of the highlights of Nova Scotia.

Back on shore, most of us that sailed gathered at "Grand Banker Seafood Bar" restaurant for a wonderful dinner. It was another perfect day for "Adventure Caravan".

Please check our Photo Gallery for more photos.

 

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada

Friday, July 27th, 2007

(Written by Ted & Eleanor Hucks)
Today was a travel day, so we all packed up and left Scotia Pine Campground in Hilden, NS for the 146 mile trip to Dunroaming Campground at Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.

We had a very comfortable ride for the first 19 miles of our trip on Hwy-102 and then we got on Hwy-14 West, which was very rough in some areas, but the beautiful countryside and farm land made up for the road conditions.

Grand-Pre gardensOur first and only stop of the day was at Grand-Pre, a National Historic Site of Canada.  Here we learned of the Deportation of the Acadians by the British from 1755 to 1763.  Their plight was the focal point of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem "Evangeline: A Tale of Acadia". While at Grand-Pre everyone took a leisurely stroll through the old Acadian gardens and beautiful trees.

While in the parking lot, a few of us had our lunch in our rigs.  We had ours in a picnic bench in the shade with a cool breeze.

Once back on Hwy-101 West we enjoyed the nice road and farmland.  If the potato is the crop of PEI, then I believe apples and corn must be the crop of choice in this part of Nova Scotia.

We arrived at Dunroaming Campground and encountered some interesting parking situations.  But everyone got set up nicely. At 5:00 p.m. we had our social get-together where snacks were enjoyed as well as internet jokes, along with the conversation.

Candlelight Graveyard TourAt 9:15 p.m. we all shared rides into Annapolis Royal to take the Candlelight Tour of the Garrison Graveyard at Fort Anne National Historic Site, where we were given a candle lantern and tour by Alan Melanson who was dressed in early 19th century Victorian mourning attire.  Back to the campground around 11 p.m.

(Written by Richard & Patsy Kelly and Barbara Edwards):
We got up in the morning about 5:45 a.m. to a beautiful view of the river and sunrise.  We leisurely had our coffee before we had to get dressed to tour Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.

Port-RoyalWe left the campground in a car shared caravan around 8:45 a.m. on our way to Port-Royal, a National Historic site.  Upon arriving at the site, we had a very knowledgeable guide.  He was dressed in period clothes and wooden shoes, which he gave an explaination of their origin and the comfort of the wooden shoes when standing on your feet alot.  We explored the buildings and grounds (See our Photo Gallery and click on other links in this story).

Historical GardensAt 10:50 a.m., we left in our cars and drove to the beautiful and colorful Historic Gardens.  We had lunch at 12:30 p.m. at the restaurant on the grounds.  Everyone had chicken noodle soup, sandwiches and dessert.

We left the gardens after everyone had finished lunch, and we were on our way to Fort-Anne.  We had another guide explain the fort, grounds and the unique waay  it was constructed in a star pattern.  We had the rest of the day to ourselves.

At 5:00 p.m., almost everyone got together for a social hour and brought snacks to munch on and their drinks.  Well Margo and Olie did theirself proud as they brought homemade strawberry ice cream.  It was delicious.

Please check the Photo Gallery and click on all the other web-links in blue above.

Hilden, Nova Scotia, Canada

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

(Written by Roland & Sandy Harris):
Today was a travel day from Cavendish, PEI to Hilden, Nova Scotia 153 miles  It was a beautiful, sunny day and was nice to see the nine mile long Confederation Bridge (which we could not see on the way to PEI due to fog).  Travel was uneventful (thank goodness).

Melitta in fire gearWe then settled in at Scotia Pines Campground, in Truro.  Our dinner was a delicious meal of pork chops, potato salad, beans, rolls, and strawberry shortcake prepared and served by the Hilden Fire Brigade.  After dinner we were allowed to look at the fire engines.  One of our own, Melitta Strandberg, was suited up and ready for action — Way to go Melitta!!

Loading up rafts for Tidal Bore(Written by Hollis & Sharon Harvey):
The next day, it was an early start for 17 of us who where going on the Tidal Bore Ride.  We gathered together at 6:15 a.m. and car pooled to the Shubenacadie Tidal Bore Rafting Company.  We were all given life jackets, and some of us decided to wear rain slicker too, as it was a cool overcast morning.  We trooped on down a road to the river and then down some stairs to the muddy(!!) landing to board the rafts.  These had outboard motors and there were eight of us plus a driver in each raft.  A few instructions were given and we proceeded down the river where there were sand bars all around.  We got stuck on one and two of the men and the driver got out and "unstuck" us.  Muddy HerbAs we headed down to the bridge we had crossed with our cars, our driver/guide pointed out landmarks, eagle nests and eagles.  When we were almost to the bridge he showed us the beginnings of the "bore".  Quickly the water started flowing upstream and then he took us to the waves, getting us as wet as possible with the warm water.  It was great fun.  The two men up front – Herb & Harvey – took the brunt of the waves.

Then near the end of the ride, he took us to the mudslide area – little hills gooey with mud.  The brave ones who went for the mud bath from our caravan were – Gloria, Margo and Herb. They seemed to have fun slipping and sliding.  They returned to the boat somewhat cleaned and we headed back to the dock.  We all went to the warm showers; refreshed we returned to the campground.

Fish fry potluckAt 5:00 p.m. we met at the picnic shelter, each bringing a dish toward the potluck, while Gloria was preparing the fish to fry.  The fish was delicious as were all the dishes everyone brought.  What a yummy meal! 

I forgot to mention the winner of the "Moose binoculars" was Herb for getting "Stuck in the mud" times two — RV at the last campground and at the tidal bore. 

After dinner we had a drivers meeting where we were given plans for the next day or two.

(Technical comment submitted by Herb Strandberg):
We are now far enough north and east that the automatic DirecTV Satellite dish positioner had troubles finding all three high definition satellites (101, 110 & 119 degrees).  Fortunately we found that it was possible to set it to just search satellite 101, since the other two are so low in the horizon.  One satellite 101, which carries most of the programming, we are getting a 74 signal — better than some spots in the USA!  We are still doing great with the Datastorm internet connection on satellite 91.

Cavendish, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

It was certainly a wet night before departure!  After leaving Hopewell Cape Rocks, we followed the chocolate mud banks of the Petitcodiac River to Moncton NB, where we stopped at a COSTCO.   We then headed to the nine mile long Confederation Bridge built in 1997 over the Northumberland Straits to Prince Edward Island (PEI).  There is no toll going to PEI, but the return trip will be about $60 for the 3 axle motor coach and car, paid by Adventure Caravan. We missed a big downpour at the PEI Welcome Center right after getting off the bridge!! Old Lobster Fisherman and LighthouseOn PEI, we passed Cavendish Farms and plants which produces all of the French Fries for Wendy’s and Burger King.  90% of its output is exported to the USA. Arrived at the Cavendish KOA at mile 135.

The next day (Saturday) a charter bus drove us on a 45 mile, 6.5 hour, six mile radius tour of the Cavendish (North Coast) area.  At Rustico Point, we approached a photogenic gentleman, a retired lobster fisherman who loved to have his photograph taken.  Anne of Green gableIf you have seen him before, it might have been in the "Land’s End" catalog.  

Stopping at the home of "Maude Montgomery", the author of Anne of Green Gables, we viewed a short film and then toured her home and the surrounding gardens.

PEI Preserve Company LunchA Lunch stop took us to the Prince Edward Island Pre­serve Company . It was outstanding! Music, pre­serve (jams, jellies, honeys, etc) tasting & greeting by the wonderful Scottish owner who spoke about his background and the history of his company.

Sunday was a free day.  Five couples went to a small church in New Glasgow (built in the early 1800’s).  In the evening the whole caravan carpooled to a lobster dinner at the Fisherman’s Wharf.  It has a 60 foot long salad bar, and all the steamed mussels you may want to eat, in addition to the lobster.

Red Cliffs at DuneslandAfter dinner, we drove back out to the Duneland park where we saw a couple of foxes.  The setting sun was shining beautifully on the red sandstone cliff, so we re-took some pictures that were taken on the bus tour when it was cloudy.

Twelve folks booked a chartered fishing trip early Monday morning and caught a lot of fish which will be shared at a potluck in a couple of days.  Another sightseeing trip on our own took us to North Rustico where we toured the Farmers Bank (1864-94), a precursor to the modern Credit Union, and the St Augustine’s Catholic Church.

The last evening, a bus drove the group to "Charlottetown" South Central on PEI, where we had dinner (18 of us went to the Dublin Irish Pub, up on the third floor).  Following, we all gathered at the Performance of Art Theater to see the wonderful musical "Anne of Green Gables".  Returning to our campground at 11 p.m.

Confederation Bridge - 9 miles longOn departure from Cavendish KOA site, we discovered we were stuck in the wet site.  A tractor finally pulled the RV backwards, the wheel holes were filled with sand, and plywood with stapled potato bags allowed us to advance up the slope, out of the site, and onto the road.  We left at 9:40 a.m., 10 minutes after the last group but ahead of our tail-gunner who always follows the last RV. Somehow Melitta and I were the first to arrive at the next destination.  Coach-Net was quick to respond to a tow truck request, but we called them off once we were unstuck.  We left the island via the nine mile long Confederation Bridge with a $61 toll paid by Adventure Caravan.

Don’t miss our photos of Prince Edward Island by clicking on this link.

Hopewell Cape, NB, Canada

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

We left Fredericton NB on schedule under cloudy skies.  Melitta drove the first 60 miles on TCH-2 (Trans Continental Highway) to a nice Visitor Center in a converted "Covered Bridge".  Herb drove the back-road through scenic country to Fundy Park and onto Alma, where we stopped for a Lobster sandwich, before heading to Ponderosa Pines Campground in Hopewell CA another 35 miles down the road.  The trip total length today was 140 miles.

Hopewell Cape at high tideAt 4 p.m., we visited the Hopewell Rocks, just a mile around the corner from the campground, at high tide (only one foot above average high — sometimes during the month it can be another 9 feet higher).  It is about a 3/4 mile walk to the top of the 99 stairs to the beach.  A shuttle is available for $1.50 each way.  Herb tried to remember where he took the pictures from, so that he could shoot identical photos at low tide the next morning.  See the photo gallery for the high/low tide comparisons.

BBQ DinnerThe first night, a delicious BBQ Hamburger meal was hosted by our Wagon Masters Dan & Sue Hertz, and our Tail Gunners Steve & Gloria Gibbs.  Gloria’s birthday cake, for celebrating all the birthdays in the first half of the year, was delicious.

Hopewell Cape at low tideThe next morning, we carpooled to the Hopewell Rocks, where we had a ranger speak about the displays in the Interpretive Center.  The caravan was then provided a key to the gate which allowed the vehicles to be driven to the lower level, next to the 22 beach stairs, and just a short walk to the 99 stairs. We chose to go down the 99 stairs to the ocean bottom, and walk around the Flowerpot rocks created by the clash of continents, carved by melting glaciers, then sculpted by the highest tides in the world. We walked along the beach to the 22 stairs to return to our cars.

Cooked lobsterIn the afternoon, we drove back to Alma NB where we visited Collins Lobster Shop and purchased four lobster tails for $34.00, and then up the street to a bakery for a half-dozen great Sticky Buns for just $6.00.  Many of the caravanners ate lobster this evening!!!

It looks like it is going be a night of heavy rain!

Fredericton, NB, Canada

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Kings LandingThe 20 RVs left Houlton Maine in groups of three or four RVs every 15 minutes, on a sunny Monday morning — day three of the caravan.  We crossed the border into Canada with no problems, except for three RVs that were selected to be searched.  Don’t be a Texan.  Canadian guards think that all Texan’s carry concealed weapons!!!  We traveled 75 miles to Fredericton, but stopped briefly for a few hours to tour "Kings Landing".  This small community is a historical settlement which was re-created in the late 1960’s when the buildings were moved to this site to allow construction of a hydroelectric dam nearby. The homes, farms and stores date back to the 1800’s. We visited with the "residents" dressed in costumes of the period. Please be certain to click on extra photos. It tells a wonderful story which you must see.

Mirror on St John RiverEveryone arrived that afternoon at Hartt Island RV Resort, near Fredericton — a beautiful river side RV park where we so appreciated the sunny weather that day. That evening, we embarked on a sunset cruise with a small patio boat. We could not believe our eyes as we stared in awe at the multitude of eagles along the flat river and small lagoons. The water was like glass, with vegetation along the shore, creating an exact mirror image of the shores.  The sunset was gorgeous.

Costumed guide in FrederictonThe following day we drove only five miles into nearby Fredericton, a beautiful treed community.  Two tour guides dressed in 1800’s attire guided us through many city blocks pointing out various historical sites. At 11am we all gathered by the city square to witness the changing of the guard (a Tattoo) performed by local students in full uniform.  We concluded in the City Council chambers of the city hall where the city’s history, depicted on 27 tapestries, was described to us.

Spinning shaft of generatorA few of us were really interested in the Canadian Mactaquac hydro electric plant on the St John river. We were met by a very knowledgeable young student who gave us a wonderful tour into the bowels of the plant and generators — definitely more than you would see these days in USA power plants.  The dam, originally expected to last 100 years, will only last 60 due to the mineral in the New Brunswick rock used in the cement — it is really leaking.

Canadian Maritime Caravan is starting…

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Longest covered bridge - 1218 ftMost of the 20 caravanners pulled into My Brothers Place two or three days early for the start of the caravan on Saturday, July 14th, 2007. By Saturday, our vehicles were inspected, tire sizes noted to facilitate quick repair if there is a flat, large sticker with numbers identifying our participation in the caravan, and trip logs, jackets & name tags distributed.  Although we had several 4:00 p.m. happy hours already, we met for 1.5 hours on Saturday afternoon for introductions, instructions and tips. 

McLobster SandwichSunday, we carpooled to Hartland NB in what I call a test run through customs  — as well as a trip to the New Brunswick Visitor Center to learn about NB and receive a bunch of literature & maps, and then onward to the the longest covered bridge in the world — 1218 feet.  On the way back, even though we had already eaten lunch, Herb saw a McDonalds selling McLobster Sandwiches, and just had to stop.  We split it into three pieces to share in the car.

First team meetingSunday night, we are having a group dinner in the park followed by our meeting for Monday’s departure with our RVs. The meal was a nicely prepared pork roast, peas & carrots, potatoes & gravy and homemade sauer­kraut, followed by a wonderful straw­berry shortcake.

Canadian Maritime Itinerary

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Below is the itinerary for our 49 Day Canadian Maritimes tour with Adventure Caravan. 

Date

Destination

July 14-15, 2007
Saturday-Sunday
Nights 1-2

HOULTON, ME
Get Acquainted Orientation and Party
Welcome Dinner
Longest Covered Bridge In World

July 16-17, 2007
Monday-Tueday 
Nights 3-4
75 miles

FREDERICTON, NB
Tour King’s Landing
Fredericton Walking Tour
Changing of the Guard

July 18-19, 2007
Wednesday-Thursday
Nights 5-6
141 miles

HOPEWELL CAPE, NB
Barbecue Hamburger Feast
Fundy National Park
"Flower Pots" Rock Formations
Hopewell Cape Record Tides Visit

July 20-23, 2007
Friday-Monday
Nights 7-10
135 miles

CAVENDISH, PEI
Confederation Bridge Tolls to PEI
Prince Edward Island Bus Tour — Day 8
Tour Anne of Green Gables Home
Prince Edward Island National Park
New Glasgow Country Gardens & Butterfly House
Lunch at Famous PEI Perserve Company
Lobster Fishing Demonstration
"World Famous" Lobster Dinner on the Wharf
Charlottetown City Bus Tour (Day 10)
Anne of Green Gables Live Stage Play

July 24-25, 2007
Tuesday-Wednesday
Nights 11-12
153 miles

HILDEN, NS
Private Dinner Prepared by Local Hilden Fire Brigade
Tidal Bore Interpretation Center & Tidal Bore Visit
Optional Tidal Bore Rafting Trip Including Steak Dinner

July 26-27, 2007
Thursday-Friday
Nights 13-14
146 miles

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS
"Grand-Pre" National Park
Port Royal Habitation
Royal Historical Botanical Gardens
Lunch at Historic Gardens Café
Fort Anne             

July 28-29, 2007
Satday-Sunday
Nights 15-16
89 miles

LUNENBURG, NS
Lunenburg Fisheries Museum
Optional: Bluenose Tour
July 30-Aug 1, 2007
Monday-Wednesday
Nights 17-19
52 miles
HALIFAX-DARTMOUTH, NS
Guided Historic City Bus Tour (Day 18)
Titanic Memorial & Burial Grounds
Historic Buildings & Stone Fortress
Citadel National Historic Park
Peggy’s Cove Tour (Luncheon Included)
Staff Hosted Breakfast

Aug 2-3, 2007
Thursday-Friday
Nights 20-21
213 miles

BADDECK, NS
Tour Alexander Graham Bell Museum
Cabot Trail Bus Tour Including Lunch (Day 21)
Joe’s Scarecrow Exhibit
Village of Cheticamp & Celtic Lodge
Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Aug 4-5, 2007
Saturday-Sunday
Nights 22-23
35 miles

NORTH SYDNEY, NS
North Sydney Lobster Dinner Party on Wharf

Aug 6, 2007
Monday
Night 24
4 miles to ferry
14 hour crossing
5 miles

ARGENTIA, NFLD
Ferry To Argentia, Newfoundland (All Day Cruise)
Includes Dinner on Ferry

Aug 7-9, 2007
Tuesday-Thursday
Nights 25-27
82 miles

ST. JOHN’S, NFLD
St. John’s Guided City Area Bus Tour (Day 26)
Signal Hill, Site of Marconi’s First Transatlantic Message
Signal Hill International Tatoo
Lunch at "My Brother’s Place"
Cabot Tower & Petty Harbour
Cape Spear Lighthouse (Most Eastern Point in NA)
NCR Institure for Ocean Technology

Aug 10-11, 2007
Friday-Saturday
Nights 28-29
209 miles

GANDER, NFLD
Terra Nova Nat. Park Marine Interpretation Center
Steak Barbecue Dinner
Authentic Newfie Breakfast
North Atlantic Aviation Museum
Silent Witness Memorial

Aug 12-14, 2007
Sunday-Tuesday
Nights 30-32
69 miles

TWILLINGATE, NFLD
Private Newfie Dinner Prepared by Locals
Prime Berth Fishing Museum & Demonstration
Durrell Fishing Stage Guided Tour
Durrell Museum & Polar Bear Exhibit
Historic Long Point Lighthouse
Circle Dinner Theatre (Voted #1 Live Dinner Theatre)
Whale Watching & Scenic Boat Cruise
"Split Peas" Live Local Musical Performance

Aug 15-16, 2007
Wednesday-Thursday
Nights 33-34
158 miles

SPRINGDALE, NFLD
Botwood Heritage Center
Harvest Mussels with Mussel Harvester
Fresh Cooked Mussels & Fortune Harbour Boat Cruise
"Newfie Screech-In" Ceremony & "Newfie Time"
Dinner Prepared by Locals Including Entertainment

Aug 17-19, 2007
Friday-Sunday
Nights 35-37
120 miles
ROCKY HARBOUR, NFLD
Entry Fee & Day to Explore Gros Morne Nat’l Park
Authentic Newfie Jiggs Dinner
Aug 20-21, 2007
Monday-Tuesday
Nights 38-39
211 miles
ST. ANTHONY, NFLD
St. Anthony Bus Tour (Day 39)
Tour L’ Anse Aux Meadows Historic Site
Tour Norstead Viking Village
Grenfell Experience & Famous Jordi Bonet Murals
St. Anthony Lighthouse & Waterfront
"Viking Feast" Dinner in a Viking Long House
Aug 22, 2007
Wednesday
Night 40
70 miles
ST BARBE, NFLD

Aug 23, 2007
Thursday
Night 41
walk to ferry
ferry crossing

L’ANSE AUX CLAIR, LAB
Passenger Ferry from St Barbe to Labrador
Round Trip Transfers to Northern Lights Hotel
Hotel Accommodations (1 Night)
Labrador Bus Tour (Day 41)
Tour of Red Bay Labrador Straits
Point Amour Lighthouse & Ancient Burial Site
Red Bay Museum & Red Bay Orientation Center
Labrador Basque Dinner

Aug 24, 2007
Friday
Night 42
car ferry return
183 miles

DEER LAKE, NFLD
Newfoundland Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion
Labrador Breakfast Buffet
Passenger Ferry to St Barbe from Labrador

Aug 25, 2007
Saturday
Night 43
144 miles

GRAND CODROY, NFLD

Aug 26-27, 2007
Sunday-Monday
Nights 44-45
26 miles to ferry
7 hour ferry
37 miles after ferry

LOUISBOURG, NS
Ferry Crossing to North Sydney, NS
Tour Fortress at Louisbourg
Louisbourg Playhouse (Live Ceildh Entertainment)

Aug 28, 2007
Tuesday
Night 46
234 miles

TRURO, NS

Aug 29-30, 2007
Wednesday-Thursday
Nights 47-48
187 miles

SAINT JOHN, NB
Saint John City Bus Tour (Day 48)
Rockwell Park
Reversing Falls
Martello Tower & Imperial Theatre
Farewell Dinner Party at "Reversing Falls Gardens"

Aug 31, 2007
Friday
Night 49
72 miles

BORDER CROSSING
Bangor, Maine

Bangor, Maine

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Bar HarborWe decided to push on through (193 total miles) to Bangor, Maine and go directly to the Pumpkin Patch RV Resort a few days early.  This was our planned stop on the way to the starting point for the Canadian Maritime caravan in Houlton, Maine. We had planned to drop off the contents of our "mini-bar" and pick it back up August 31st when we return through this city after the maritimes.  We are only allowed one-liter of wine or liquor each going into Canada.  We have learned that having a "mini-bar" is usually not a problem when you say "We are full timers.  This coach is our home.  We have a variety of partially used bottles of liquor on board for our personal consumption."  So we will be honest and take our chances on a friendly guard.

We were not impressed with highway US-2 from Vermont to Maine, but there were not many other choices as we did not want to dip down to Boston and come up the coast, as we will be doing that stretch in September.

We had the final parts for our refrig shipped here, where a local repair shop did the safety upgrades.  We both also had our teeth cleaned, and Herb had his regular blood test for INR level. 

Sunday we headed to Mount Desert Island on the Atlantic coast to see Bar Harbor (photo above) and Acadia National Park.  View from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National ParkThe park has such a varied of features — beaches, rocks, lakes and mountains — due to the estimated 8,000 feet of ice which covered it and the area 15,000 years ago.  5,000 years later the ice had all melted and left U-shaped valleys and rounded, polished mountain tops.  The tallest being 1530 foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest Atlantic coastal mountain north of Brazil !!!  From its summit, you are on the location that sees the first sunrise in the United States on a clear day.

We are starting to make plans for our trip down the east coast after the maritimes.   We have booked Broadway’s GREASE in NYC on September 25th, and planning the Boston’s Freedom Trail walk on September 14th, both with some friends who are doing a coastal cruise.  Hmmm.  It is only 7.5 hours by car from Bangor to NYC, and we have 25 days to travel the 7.5 hours!  For the whole east coast to Naples, Florida, it is only 1,800 miles for which we have allowed three months — an average of 20 miles day.  Well, we will squiggle and squirm our way down the coast, making lots of stops, probably travelling only one hundred miles on travel days.

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