Lonnie and Sue - Traveling North America

2007 - July 23 to July 31 Travels in Newfoundland


 My campground rating system is on a scale of 5/5 with the first number being the levelness of the site and the second being the appearance.  A 3/3 would be an average site.


 I have left the prices in for comparison and to give a general idea of what to expect.  Depending on when you read this, factor in inflation.



You can read it through or select specific locations below.

Travel Log - July 23 to July 31, 2007    
[Tab 2007 Newfound'd 3]


07-23-2007      Mon     Day 113          Trip Meter:  98.1 

Driving Directions:   Got back on TC 1 east.  Got off at exit 23 and took 340 north all the way to Twillingate.   

Days Activities:   We were in a really nice camp site but the weather made the whole stay a bust as far as being able to enjoy it.   

Departed campground at 9:15 AM.   

Just saw our first car pulled over by a police officer.  Looks like the driver may have been pulled over for speeding.  Police officers have been few and far between in Newfoundland.  

  • Campsite:   Peyton’s Woods RV Park & Campground, North Harbour, Twillingate, NL – 7 nights - site # 9 - gravel pad - back in - 30 amp, water, sewer.  Cost $25.00 per night.  Rating 4/4.  Got setup at 12:10 PM. 

Additional info:  Table and wash tub for fire.  50 amp available.  40 sites.  Good view of the bay from the coach window.  We saw 3 icebergs in the bay as we pulled in.  One iceberg is visible from the window of the coach.  There is a large gazebo in the center of the campground.   

Have a direct view of the bay from the coach and there is a huge iceberg going by.  I ordered a sack of firewood for $5.00.  It will be delivered later today.  At 1:00 PM we drove into town and went to the ball field to the “games”.  The games were all for children and included dunking, darts, hockey, fishing, face painting, just to name a few.  We purchased hot dogs and root beer and watched the children throwing the softball to dunk the school principal.  They were having a lot of fun and the principal got very wet.   

Drove back to the campground to pick up the map so we could tour.  While there the owner said a fisherman was bring him some cod filets by for $3.50 a lb and asked if we wanted any.  I ordered 3 lbs.  He called the filets “fill-its”.   

We drove out 340 north to Crow Head.  Got a better view of the iceberg we could see from the coach.  Sue took a picture of it and I took a picture of a fishing stage.  It was situated about 40 feet below the road we were on.  Then I took a picture of a large red house that was on a hill about 75 feet above the road we were on.  It was a beautiful view from where we were stopped. 

Continued on out 340 to the Long Point Lighthouse.  We took a tour of the lighthouse and it was FREE.  It is 53 feet tall and was constructed in 1876 – it was automated in 1975.  The lighthouse keeper’s home is located right next to it.  The light gear operated just like the one we saw at Bonavista but required rewinding every 1½ hours instead of every 2 hours.  The circular stairway and banister to the top is original to the lighthouse and was constructed from English Oak.  The view from the top was magnificent.  Sue took a picture of the lighthouse as we approached it from the road, from the stairs up to it, and from the ocean side. 

We walked out to the rocky cliffs at the point and looked at the icebergs and watched whales for about 30 minutes.  Saw 9 huge icebergs and over a dozen ice chunks.  The ice chunks had to be rather large to see with the naked eye considering how far out they were.   

There were 3 real good viewing platforms.  We moved to one of them and continued to watch a whale that was moving slowly along the coast and one that was moving from the ocean into the coast.   

On the way back we attempted to drive through the Sea Breeze Municipal Park but it was a day use park with a $2.00 entry fee.  We didn’t consider it important enough to pay the $2.00. 

Stopped at 2 boat tour companies, “Twillingate Adventure Tours” and “Iceberg Man Tours” and checked on the tour prices.  They both charge $35.00 plus tax.  We will try for a 1:00 PM tour with Iceberg Man on Wednesday because it is a small style fishing boat as verse the other company that uses a tour style boat.  Don’t want to buy a ticket in advance because of the weather.   

Stopped at a fish market that advertised cooked lobster but they had discontinued selling because the season has ended.  Purchased 6 fish cakes from them.  Stopped at another fish market but the only lobster they had were live and we want cooked ones.   

Got home at 4:00 PM and our fish was there.  Set outside and read.  A lady came by that was from Arizona and has been full-timing for 2 years.  We had a long visit.   

For dinner Sue cooked some of the cod, the fish cake, and some shrimp we had in the refrigerator.  The fish cake turned out to be potato patties that someone had probably whispered “fish” over to make them fish cake, but it was a good dinner anyway.  The cod was delicious.   

At 9:15 PM we went to the “lighting of the sign” celebration.  The sign – FISH FUN & FOLK FESTIVAL - was located up on the top of a hill behind a B&B.  There was a band and over 300 people for the event.  About 10:00 PM fireworks shot out of the top of the sign and then it lite up.  We visited with a couple from Ottawa.  Got back home at 10:30 PM.

Our campsite at Peyton’s Woods RV Park & Campground, North Harbour, Twillingate, NL.
The iceberg we could from the coach while parked in the campground.
Long Point Lighthouse.
View from one of the Long Point Lighthouse lookouts.

07-24-2007     Tue     Day 114 

Fuel:   The jeep at a gas bar in Joe Batt’s Arm.  $1.265 = $4.592 

Days Activities:   Departed home at 10:20 AM for the Fogo Island ferry.  Took 340 south back to jct of 331, took 331 to jct of 335 and took 335 to the ferry landing. 

The ferry was supposed to depart at 11:15 AM.  We didn’t get there until 11:25 AM and bless our little hearts the ferry was late.  Got on the ferry and it departed at 11:45 AM.  It was 44 miles to the ferry landing. 

The ferry made a stop at Change Islands.  Two cars got off and two got on.  The captain was letting passengers into the wheelhouse so of course I went in.  Got a good look at the islands as we approached Fogo landing.   

Got off the ferry at 12:40 PM.  Took 333 to Fogo Island Centre.  Stopped at the visitor’s center, a little house about 8 feet square.  We wanted an island map but they didn’t have one.  At this point the road splits with 333 going northwest and 334 going northeast.  We took 334.  Stopped at Joe Batt’s Arm and got gas.   

Took a small side road out of Joe Batt’s Arm to South Joe Batt’s Arm.  Took some pictures of Joe Batt’s Arm across the cove and a couple of fishing stages where I was standing.  The road ended at a large boat dock with some large boats and a fish processing plant.  To the side of the plant was the Etheridges Point Park.  There was a baseball field out on the point.  It looked like if the wind was blowing in hard it would be nearly impossible to hit a fly ball out of the end field.   

Got back on 334 and continued on to Tilting.  Stopped and did a tour of the Dwyer House.  It is an old house that has been renovated and furnished to represent a fishing home of the early 1900’s.  It was one of the oldest houses in the village.  I left a $2.00 donation. 

Stopped at T & D Enterprises, in Joe Batt’s Arm, and got a nail hole patched in the left rear tire.  It has been leaking for several days.  Had stopped here when we went through but the shop had been closed – but open when we returned.  Had the tire plugged at a cost of $7.00.   

When we went through Shoal Bay we had noticed a small bakery so when we returned we stopped there for lunch – Island Bake Shop.  We had cod chowder and sandwiches.  We both agreed, it was the best chowder we have ever had.  It was even better than the seafood chowders we have had.  It was a large bowl with roll and tea/coffee for $3.99.   

Drove back to 333 and continued north on it to Fogo.  Took pictures across the bay of the dock and Fogo fish processing plant.  Drove to the end of the road and stopped at Fogo Head Trail.  There is a really long stairway up to top of a hill.  It is the highest point on the island.  We didn’t climb it but Sue took pictures.  There is a viewing platform at the base of the hill.  We set on it and looked at icebergs.  We counted a dozen of them and one, the furthest one out, appeared to be huge.   

Drove out to the Fogo Lion’s Club.  They have 8 to 10 campsites with 30 amp service but no water at the sites.   

Returned down 333 to Seldom and drove out to the Burnt Point Lighthouse.  It was at the end of a gravel road and was just a light on top of a metal tower.   

We still had some time left because from the flow of traffic could see that the ferry landed recently and was still running late.  So we drove back north on 333 to catch a road we had bypassed.  Took 333-18 to Deep Bay and 333-21 to Island Harbour.  There was nothing of interest in either place except for a few old fishing stages but the sun was at the wrong angle for pictures. 

Our trip around the island was 96 miles.  The ferry fare was paid when departing Fogo Island and cost $14.25.  We got senior rate – regular fare would have been $28.50.  The ferry departed at 7:10 PM – 40 minutes late.  We had gotten in line at 5:50 PM.  Got off the ferry at 7:45 PM.  Got home at 8:50 PM.  Tour today was 184 miles.   

A note about the island.  There is a population of 2,300 in 10 villages.  The interior of the island is flat with lakes and trees.  The coast, where all of the villages are located, is primarily exposed rock with very little vegetation.   We did not find anything here that we thought was attractive and we don’t plan another trip here.  Only found 3 things that made this trip worthwhile:

  • The fact that we hadn’t been here before.
  • The cod chowder.
  • The ferry ride and the opportunity to visit the wheelhouse.
Photo of the wheelhouse of the ferry to Fogo Island.
The only grocery store we saw on the island.  May have been others but we didn't see them.
Fogo Island Co-Op processing plant.
Just a view of houses on one of the bays.

07-25-2007     Wed     Day 115 

Days Activities:   Left home at 8:30 AM and went to the Masonic Lodge for breakfast.  Had pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and coffee for $6.00 each.  

We drove by the Central United Church and counted 25 RV’s parked in a circle around the church as if they were guarding it.  Had seen a couple there the day we arrive so they are multiplying.  There is an Esso station next to the church.  There were 4 RV’s parked behind it with extension cords running through the back window.  Of the 29 units these 4 are the only ones with power.  None of them have water. 

Went to the "Iceberg Man" tour office and purchased tickets for the 1 PM tour.  Tickets are $35.00 plus tax.  Tax was $9.80 for a total ticket price of $79.80 for the pair.   

Drove out to Crow Head to purchase tickets for the "All Around The Circle Dinner Theatre" but the office does not open until 1:30 PM.  Got back home at 9:30 AM. 

Left at 12:30 PM for the boat.  Had 4 children, 20 adults, and 1 baby on the tour.  Went out to the iceberg and made 2 trips around it.  One clockwise and one counterclockwise.  I rode on the top deck of the boat on the first trip around and on the lower deck the second trip.  I took pictures during both trips.  I would estimate it to be at least 200 yards square.  We moved in closer the second time around.  I asked the captain how close we got to it and he said within 1/8 mile – that is 220 yards.  I knew we had gotten pretty close.  Even on the first trip, when we were further out, I could not get the entire iceberg in a picture frame.   The trip took 2 hours.  We did not see any whale. 

On the way back to the campground we passed the church again.  Stopped and asked a camper about the RV’s.  The church allows parking during the festival as long as they are not parked on the asphalt.   

Went to the dinner theatre and purchased tickets for tonight.  Cost $54.00.  Doors open at 6 PM with dinner served at 6:30 PM. 

Got to the dinner theatre at 5:50 PM because seating is first come not reserved.  There were 10 ahead of us so got good seats.  The couple ahead of us were from Knoxville, TN.  They have a teardrop trailer and had come across the ferry from Nova Scotia when we did.  Sue had noticed it several times in our travels and it arrived in the campground today.  They were Janice and Ed and we set together.  Before dinner was served another couple, Colleen and Richard, from Ottawa joined us.  We had a great visit. 

The dinner was really good.  Sue and I both had the stuffed cod.  The show was music and skits performed by a cast of seven.  They appeared to be bumbling amateurs but put on a fantastic show.   Oh yes - they were also the cooks and waiters so the show didn’t start until they got the meal served up through desert and coffee.  It ran for about 2 hours.   

When we got back to camp there was a music performance going in the pavilion in the campground.  We watched for about 45 minutes.  The accordion music was real good but the singing was lacking – but it was free.

Waiting for our boat to load to go see the iceberg.
Long Point Lighthouse from the boat.
Approaching the iceberg.  We are still over a mile away.
Great view of a very large iceberg.
We made 2 trips around it.  This is a side view.
Another boat crossed between us and the iceberg.  Gives a better perspective of the size of it.

07-26-2007     Thur     Day 116 

Days Activities:   It was raining this morning.  When we got ready to leave this morning saw that the iceberg that was in the bay yesterday had been replaced with another one.    They move in and out rather rapidly.  The one yesterday did a 180-degree turn in 3 hours and the one today did a 90-degree turn in less than an hour.    

Went to breakfast at the Salvation Army.  Cost $5.00 each for bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, toast, coffee, and juice.  It was a good breakfast.  It was advertised to start at 8 AM and we got there at 8:05 AM.  There were already over 75 people seated and eating.  We shared a table with a man that was a retired RCMP officer.  He was raised in Twillingate but left 40 years ago to follow his profession.  He currently lives in Regina but has a house in Twillingate.  He returns here for two months every summer.  

We were going to tour after breakfast but it was still raining.  Will try and tour if it clears.  The parade is scheduled for 1:30 PM today. 

The weather cleared and we went to the parade.  There were a few floats made by individuals.  There were a lot of people walking.  Not much of a parade as parades go but there was a lot of community participation in a community that is rather small.  I took a fishing stage picture at the spot where we parked to watch the parade. 

Went to the library and checked email.  Then we went to the arena for the opening of the craft show.  It was mostly game booths with games for children – carnival style games and all costing money.  Numerous junk food stands - cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream, hot dogs, drinks, etc.  The place was packed – a real madhouse.  Sue purchased a small pillow for my chair and I purchased tickets for the show tonight.  $10.00 for the pillow and $10.00 each for the tickets. 

Drove out 340-46.  Stopped at Rugged Point.  Had a real good view of the iceberg that is visible from the campground.    

Drove into Kettle Cove North.  There was a good size iceberg setting in a cove that was one cove to the east of the one we were at.  Discovered it was Kettle Cove South.  We drove to Kettle Cove South but it was partially hidden from view.  While there I took a picture of a fishing stage with the dock missing.  We tried several paths to get a better view of the iceberg but the best view was from Kettle Cove North.     

Drove out to Doyle Sansome & Sons Ltd Super Lobster Pool.  Bought 2 live lobsters weighting a total of 3.7 lbs and had them cooked.  Cost $9.50 per lb.  Took a picture of an outhouse setting out in the cove.   

Went to the arena to the show at 7:30 PM.  The sound was really bad.  Couldn’t understand the words to any of the songs and the music was real distorted.  At the break there was a Screech-In.  After it was over we left – didn’t stay for the second set. 

The iceberg had moved in really close to shore when we returned to camp.

Fishing stage in Twillingate.  It is next to the road where the festival parade travels.

 

Iceberg in Kettle Cove South.
Fishing Stage in Kettle Cove South that has lost it's dock.
I found this interesting.  By the time you get the boat in the water to get to the outhouse it will probably be too late.
 
 

07-27-2007     Fri     Day 117 

Days Activities:   Departed home at 10:45 AM.  The iceberg that was in close to shore last night appears to be on its way out to sea today.  Took some flower pictures on the way from the campground to the main road.   

Twillingate is built around a small bay.  We drove to the other side – the side where we had taken the iceberg tour.  Saw some men building a log square for a boat dock.  It is the largest square we have see so far so I stopped and talked to them.  They all agreed it is the largest one they have worked on.  Some of the logs were over a foot in diameter and the square is 18 feet by 18 feet.  The logs are held together with ¾” all thread rod.  I took a picture.  The square will be moved, next week, to the end of the dock that I believe is visible in the picture.  It is not a replacement, but will be used to extend the dock.   

Stopped at the Auk Island Winery in Durrell and did some tasting.  They make wine using the fruits of the island and bottle under the labels “Notre Dame” and “redCrow”.   Bought 6 bottles – 2 of Rhubarb, 1 Strawberry-Rhubarb, and 1 Blueberry under Notre Dame label and 2 Cherry-Crowberry under redCrow label.  Cost was $12.00 per bottle.   

Drove out to the end of the road and on the way back into town stopped at a fishing stage to take pictures.  As I was finishing with the pictures Melvin Horwood walked up, introduced himself, told me he owned the dock, and asked if I would sign his guest book.  I got Sue and we walked out on the dock to the fishing stage with him.  On the dock is a small sailboat that he had built in 1952.  The fishing stage is a real nice looking building that was freshly painted.  The door was secured with a yellow rope – he called it his security system.  The bay side portion of the dock was rebuilt this year because it was destroyed last year along with another fishing station next to it.  That building has not been rebuilt and never will be.   

He has lived his entire life here and this was his fathers before him.  The fishing stage has been converted into a small museum but he can’t call it a museum.  He does not advertise or charge for admission.  We got the impression this is his whole life now.  He has been written up in a number of international magazines with pictures.  He gave us a history of the fishing industry and a bit of history about Twillingate.  He had a 1924 photo taken from the bank that included the fishing stage and a view of the opposite shore.  He provided us with his card and asked us to tell other people about him.  Said he was open 24 hours a day.  We spent an hour there and had a great visit.  Left a $4.00 donation even though he said donations were not necessary.  The old gentleman is probably in his mid to late 70’s.  When he dies this will probably all be lost.  This has been one of the best things we have just stumbled on to.   

While there discovered how a snow crab trap works.  The trap is baited with squid.  The entry into the trap is a plastic cone.  Since crabs are crawlers, when they get in the trap they can’t crawl out because they can’t get traction on the plastic.  The only crabs caught are the males because the females are so small they go out through the side netting.   

Drove out to Newville to the Newville United Church Hall for a Pot Lunch.  Cost $10.00 each.  Was really good.  Had several different meats and great desserts. 

Went back to the arena and watched the “Celtic Fiddlers”.  Cost $2.00 each.  There were 10 members – 6 young women ages 11 to 24 and an older lady (the teacher) playing the fiddlers, 1 young man age 15 on the guitar, 1 young man around 18 playing the mandolin, and an older man on the keyboard.  There was at least one person on the drum during each song and sometime two.  Several of them switched off instruments.  All of them are music students.  I think the music was probably good but the sound system was really bad I couldn’t really tell.  The sound was so loud that most of the time we had racket instead of music, a lot of screeching sounds.  All instrumentals, no vocals.  We bought a CD for $20.00.  I also purchased a jar of jam at the bake sale in the arena. 

This group is playing at the Church Museum Sunday at 7:30 PM.  There will be 4 more members and they will perform vocals also.   

Drove out to Prime Berth.  It is a tourist attraction.  Is an old fishing stage that has been converted to a museum.  At the top of the hill is a gift shop.  We took the guided tour at a cost of $5.00 each.  It was really interesting.  The guide went into all of the procedure for processing the cod from the time it is caught through to packing for shipment.  It was very interesting.   

We found out why all of the old fishing stages were red.  We had just talked about that yesterday and commented on the number of white houses vs other colors.  When we toured the Mary March Regional museum in Grand Falls-Windsor we learned that the Beothuk Indians had used ochre, a red substance found in Newfoundland, to color things red.  It seems the fishermen used the same thing to color their fishing stages.  Since the stages were located out over the water the wood needed to be preserved so they mixed the ochre with cod liver oil and painted the stages with it.  New fishing stages are stained red to preserve the tradition of the red color.   

In regards to the houses, there is an abundance of limestone on the island.  They used the lime to whitewash the houses to protect the wood.  Hence, the tradition of white houses.    

Got home at 5:30 PM.  Our iceberg has left the bay – at least the part we can see. 

Had our lobster for dinner and they were big and tough.  We don’t want any that large again.     

At 9:45 PM we went to the street dance but it was rock and roll music and primarily teenagers.  So we took our chairs and got us a place to set facing the harbour for the fireworks and boat parade.  The fireworks went off at 10:45 PM as planned but the boats never showed up.  That is the second boat parade that we have attended that didn’t have any boats.  Got back home at 11:30 PM.

Flowers outside the campground.
Flowers outside the campground.
Log squares are constructed, floated out into the bay, loaded with rocks so that they sink, then become the footing the docks are built on.
An old fishing stage that belongs to Melvin Horwood.  He has converted it to a free museum.  It was great.
Inside a fishing stage in Prime Berth that has been converted into a museum.  Original table used to process cod.  Where the man is pointing is the window where they threw out the head and guts.
Fishing stage with lobster traps and anchors.

 

07-28-2007     Sat     Day 118 

Fuel:   The jeep at an Esso station in Twillingate, NL.  $1.189 = $4.325 

Days Activities:   Departed home at 10:45 AM.  Went to the Church Museum to hear the “Split Peas” sing.  The show was a little over an hour long. It was a group of 7 women.  One played a regular guitar and one played a 10-string guitar.  At times one played the keyboard, two played accordions, and one played the mop and drum.  They all seven sing and they were just great.  Left a $5.00 donation and Sue purchased 3 of their CD’s at $20.00 each.   

Went to St. Peters Church for lunch.  We had seafood chowder, rolls, and dessert.  It was $7.00 each and the chowder was great. 

Sue went to the quilt and craft show at the Women’s Institute.  They served tea and goodies.  Cost $4.00. 

Went to the Twillingate Museum.  It is located in the old St. Peters Church parsonage that was erected in 1915.  It is a great house, 2 story, 6 or 7 rooms on the first floor (walls have been removed for a gift shop), and 9 rooms on the second floor.  The rooms were not very large but there are a lot of them.  St. Peters Church really treated their preachers okay.  The museum displayed a lot of artifacts and provided the history of two prominent families of Twillingate.  Cost $1.00 each. 

Went to the arena for the 2:00 PM show – Karren Churchill.  The sound was so loud it was distorting the music so we left after 10 minutes.  Cost $2.00 each. 

Went to the Durrell Museum.  It is full of artifacts, many of which we have already seen in other places.  Their main draw is a 484 lb polar bear that was shot in Twillingate on March 6th, 2000.  It had to be destroyed because it was going into town and the weather was too bad to get park and game officials here in time to sedate it.  A smaller one came ashore 2 days later but the weather was good and they were able to shot it was a tranquilizer gun, tag it, and return it to the wild.  Cost $2.00 each. 

Got back home at 4:00 PM.  The high today was 89 degrees. 

The "Split Peas", a wonderful Newfoundland band.  They all live in Twillingate.
Various shots of Twillingate.
Various shots of Twillingate.
Various shots of Twillingate.
Various shots of Twillingate.
Various shots of Twillingate.

07-29-2007     Sun     Day 119 

Days Activities:   Departed home at 10:45 AM and went to the New World Island Lion’s Den for brunch.  Had salmon with a fish cake, rolls, and dessert.  Very good.  Cost $10.75 each. 

After brunch we continued on 340 south to Summerford.  Took 334 towards Cottlesville.  As we drove through Summerford we saw an iceberg grounded in the bay.  We had heard about it a few days ago.  We tried several side roads to get a closer look before finding one that took us to a cove with a really good view.  There are no village signs out here but believe we were at Village Cove.   

We stopped and walked out on a dock – there were several people there.  About a 100 yards away was a larger dock with a fishing boat tied up to it and 4 young children pulling a large chunk of ice in.  Sue took pictures.  There was a motorboat running around in the vicinity of the chunk of ice.  As Sue took pictures of the iceberg the motorboat came over to the dock we were on and tied up.  The operator got out and introduced himself.  He said, “My name is Jason.  I’m a Brown and that is our dock and fishing boat” and pointed to the dock with the chunk of ice.  Apparently we were in the Brown family fishing cove.  The boat was the J.J. Sea Breeze. 

He went on to say that he had taken at least 20 people out to the iceberg and offered to take us.  As mentioned there were several other people on the dock with us but they didn’t want to go and left.  Sue and I hopped in the boat.  Jason took us over to the chunk of ice and chipped off a piece for us to hold and look at.  I estimate the surface area of the ice chunk to be about 6’ by 10’.  I asked him what they fished for and he said everything – cod, caplin, squid, mackerel, lobsters, crab, etc.  I asked what the largest money crop was and he said crab and mackerel.  Then we went out to the iceberg and took a run around it.  Sue took pictures and Jason took several of Sue and I.  He offered to take us around again but we thought once was enough.  Another great adventure.  I gave Jason $20.00. 

The large chuck of ice had just fallen off shortly before we got there and he had gone out in the boat and towed it close to the dock then the children pulled it the rest of the way in.  He said that he had gotten a smaller chunk yesterday.  His children broke it up, bagged it, and are selling it for a dollar a bag.   

A village official came up and talked to us after Jason left.  He said this was the first iceberg in the cove since 1972.  The 1972 berg didn’t come into the bay as far and when it split into two pieces it caused an undercurrent that destroyed some of the docks, sank a boat, and washed lobsters up on the shore.   

Drove out to Cottlesville but didn’t take any pictures.  On the way back through Summerford took a picture of the only traffic light we have seen since leaving Grand Falls-Windsor.   

From Summerford drove out an unnumbered road to Strong’s Island.  At the end of the pavement is a new cemetery with only a few headstones.  A dirt road continued on past.  It was very narrow - in fact the brush rubbed both sides of the jeep as we drove in.  Came to a spot to turn around and had an excellent view of the iceberg on the other side of the cove – took a picture.  On the way back, at the cemetery, Sue took some flower pictures.   

The last picture we took in Summerford before returning on 340 north was of the iceberg. 

Turned onto 345.  In Bridgeport took pictures of some docks with lobster traps and flowers.  Drove out 340-20 to Valley Pond.  The road forked in the village and we went right.  Took some pictures across the harbour of an old fishing stage that was leaning and a blue boat.  Sue took flower pictures.  Took the other fork and took pictures back across the harbour of fishing stages.   

Drove out to the end of 345 to Tizzard’s Harbour.  We could see the iceberg that was grounded in Kettle Cove South that we saw a few days ago.  It was too far away so didn’t take any pictures.  Took a picture of D & G Trucking in Moreton’s Harbour.  (Marked the picture as Carter’s Cove) 

Drove out 346 and drove through the villages but didn’t take any pictures.  It had started to rain and by the time we got back to 340 it was raining fairly hard so headed home.    

Got home at 4:05 PM and it is just pouring rain.   

Left home at 7:00 PM and went to the Church Museum to see the “Celtic Fiddlers”.  Three more members arrived so there were thirteen tonight.  There were a total of 8 fiddles at different times during the concert.  Cost $10.00 each.  Purchased another CD for $20.00.  Fantastic group and the sound system was great. 

Got back home at 10:00 PM.  Tour today was 125 miles.   

In addition to the touring we drove approximately 130 in and around Twillingate while here.

Cove at Summerford.  There was an iceberg grounded in the cove.  Kids pulling in a chunk of ice from the iceberg.  They chip ice off it and sold it by the bag.
Cove at Summerford.  The iceberg .  We rode around it in a small motor boat. 
Sue and the motor boat operator.
Is this a new style RV?
The mayor of Summerford.  He liked to talk about the iceberg grounded in his town.
Fishing dock with lobster traps.

07-30-2007      Mon     Day 120          Trip Meter:   62.6  

Driving Directions:   Got back on 340 south.  At jct of 331 took it toward Gander.  331 ended and took 330 toward Gander.  Got off at the campground north of Gander. 

Days Activities:   Rained off and on all night and this morning.  Departed campground at 10:20 AM.  Rained off and on all the way to the campground. 

  • Campsite:   Jonathan’s Pond Campground, Gander, NL – 2 nights - site # 116 - gravel pad - back in, pull in, and pull thru – we used the pull in, utilities set for all types - 30 amp, water.  Cost $22.80 per night.  Rating 4/4.  Got setup at 12:15 PM.   

Additional info:  Have a table, trees on 3 sides and all over the campground, view of the lake from the coach.  The road in is full of potholes full of water.    

Stopped raining around 2 PM and started to clear.  We are going to stay in and rest today and go into Gander tomorrow.  It is about 8 miles to town.  We have had a hectic week and deserve a rest – after all we are retired. 

The afternoon cleared off really nice so we had a fire and grilled steaks. 

Our campsite at Jonathan’s Pond Campground, Gander, NL.
You could see Jonathan's Pond across the road from our campsite.

07-31-2007     Tue     Day 121 

Driving Directions:   It rained again last night and early this morning.  Departed home at 12:20 PM.  Going to Gander to sightsee.  Didn’t stop raining until around 2 PM. 

Went to the North Atlantic Aviation Museum.  Had a history of the building of the International Airport and its role in transatlantic flight.  Had a display of articles concerning the services provided to 47 flights that landed here during 9/11.  Saw a video about the  Dec 12, 1985 crash, and subsequent investigation, that killed 248 or 258, number inconclusive.  Cost $3.00 each SR. 

After the museum drove out to the site of the crash.  A monument, called the Silent Witness Memorial, was erected in 1990 for the members of the 101st that were killed. 

Got back home at 4 PM.

Silent Witness Memorial site.
Silent Witness Memorial site.
Silent Witness Memorial site.
Silent Witness Memorial site.
 
 
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