• Visiting two fromageries today provided us not only with cheese but ideas for our maple products and a chance to see how others transport their bicycles and unique units for camping.

    fromagerie signmaple sugar in plastic cones and small bottles of maple jellywhite plastic enclosure for a bicycle on tje nack of a little rvcompact truck camper mounted on a truckfromagerie sign

  • A fine, frosty, foggy morning to you from Grand Falls NB; 3 C this morning at 7:00. Life is good!

    a picnic table on frost-covered grass. fog in the air. kids playground equipment in the background

  • Today, we went to see the large potato field behind the campground after watching a truck haul out loads of spuds. Three tractors pulling harvesters were parked for the day. A quick search for Vanco Farms told us they grow organic potatoes and tulips; another random discovery

    a large tractor pulling a red implement. they are in a field lf red soil. a few clouds in the sky

  • Fortress of Louisbourg, Monday, September 13, 2021

    multiple old buildings including a yellow tower above a stone wall

    This National Historic Site is an excellent recreation of the fortress that existed on the same site almost 400 years ago. Costumed re-enactors help you understand the history and make you want to learn more about it.

    soldier in costume explaining the operation of a musket

    The photo above shows one of the characters demonstrating his musket. He explained the operation and loading of the powder and ball and then fired it after donning modern safety glasses and earplugs. A count of three warned everyone of the explosive noise to come.

    smoke from the barrel of a musket. tourists in front taking photos

    soldiers walking in front of a large stone building. there is a wooden building on the left

    This long building is used for multiple purposes, including a chapel, armoury and housing for the soldiers.

    wide bunkbeds

    These bunkbeds are for the regular soldiers. There were 8 bunk beds packed into each room. Each bed slept 2 soldiers per level and a soldier would sleep with a different partner each night. Since soldiers worked for one 24 hour day out of three, there were three rotations of 12 soldiers each using every room so it was fully occupied every night. Of course, cloting was not washed very often and food was also traded among the soldiers.

    red, canopy-covered bed with a steamer trunk at its foot. pink and white curtains hang on the tall windows

    The other end of the building housed the governor who treated himself very well. He had rooms for entertaining and eating as well as a private study.

    kitchen display of equipment from the 1700's

    Like many rooms, the kitchen was used to display food-prpeparation equipment from the era.

    wooden horse made with wide lumber joined at a sharp angle on top

    This horse was used to punish deserters and other criminal. The perpetrator would have to sit on top of the horse for hours at a time with heavy weights hanging from their ankles. Naturally, the horse was positioned just outside the entrance to the grand hall so everyone coming and going would be deterred from committing any crime.

    two motorhomes in an otherwise empty, large parking lot

    Sadly, this was the scene outside many of the sites we have visited on this trip. While there were other parking lots for the fortress, there were many, many empty spaces. Tour buses were few and far between and no cruise ships have visited for two consecutive years. We were fortunate to have lots of space for ourselves and contact with the animators but so many people are missing out on the opportunity to visit such a wonderful place.

  • We had a special visitor tonight. The moon, the stars and the clouds all aligned and we saw the ISS. It appeared right on schedule where we expected it and then disappeared overhead. The only question was why it disappeared when it did - it entered our night! Spot the Station

  • I saw this seagull dive into the ocean and resurface with a crayfish. Once on shore, he started to shake it apart and devour the meat. Before long this crow and then 2 others dropped by to grab what they s Sven repeated itself several times up and down the beach.

    seagull with crayfish in its mouth. sandy beach covered in seaweed. a crow with its wings half folded

  • On Sat, Sept 11, we decided to stay put due to Larry’s windy remnants. The local lighthouse provided a lookout onto the ocean’s fury. Surfboards in the parking lot said we were in for a treat. Taking photos was very difficult as the wind knocked us around.

    three vans, two with surfboards on the roofwaves crashing over rocks. there is a rock wall on the left side

  • Arriving in PEI meant another Covid checkpoint where we had to prove a 14 day stay in the Atlantic provinces. If we couldn’t do that, they would have swabbed us. Our gas receipts added up to the proof we needed. Few masks yesterday but mask mandate re-implemented starting today.

    motor home pulling a car. large tents with automobiles entering. concrete barriers

  • Sept 16, we arrived in PEI on our quest for fine weather. Success - wearing shorts once again!

    curve on a bridge as the road gently climbs

  • Last night we stayed at the lovely Plage St Pierre in Cheticamp. The campground had most sites taken by seasonal campers - a theme that has repeated itself at most, if not all campgrounds we’ve used this trip. Is this a Covid thing or a long term trend?

    sogn for Plage st Pierre campground at cheticamp. a small orange sogn says there are aeasonal sites available for 2021seaweed covers much of the beach along the ocean. hills in the background

  • Exiting the ferry in NS was a little slow due to the Covid screening checkpoint. Staff had been redeployed from Provincial Fisheries, Environment, Corrections, etc to verify we had our travel permission. There was also a Sheriff standing by…

    vehicles approaching two men in safety vests

  • The MV Blue Puttees provided a decent crossing from Port aux Basques to North Sydney. We rolled gently until about the middle of the crossing when the journey became very smooth. Nice, pleasant service on board too!

    vehicles parked closely inside a ferry

  • We used some extra time today for another wonderful hike. This one is Danny’s Trail. Easy walk above a gorgeous shoreline strewn with very interesting rock formations.

    oddly shaped rocks surrounding a cove

  • Karen’s steady hands on the wheel got us through Wreckhose NL today. Winds were strong but we barely shook and shuddered as we drove along!

    wreckhouse sign in front of mountains

  • Score! We have decided to leave NL and spend a few days in better weather in NS and PEI - pending PEI Pass. Rescheduling our ferry meant giving up a cabin. However, wait list to the rescue! Masks are off, shower before we dock in the morning!

    rv in fromt of trucks waiting for ferry in background

  • 9/11 Perspective

    I’ve commented before but I’ll say it again, Canadian news is very heavily influenced by US news feeds and we don’t easily hear about the rest of the world. 9/11 was a tragedy. We heard very little about what went on in the rest of the world in the days after. That was to be expected given that the prime event was in NY. However, today, reading on the 20th anniversary of the event, I came across a ChannelNewsAsia article about Singapore uncovering and stopping a plot there within days of 9/11 wherein a different terrorist group had plans to bomb the US Embassy and other targets in Singapore. I’m glad I have found international sources of news and encourage everyone to look around the world to see what is important elsewhere. It also gives us a chance to reflect on how different media sources present information.

  • September 11, 2021: Alternate plans due to Hurricane Larry

    Today, we decided not to travel as Larry’s western edge blew passed us. We had planned on going east but the wind speed was predicted to be too strong. Given we are driving the equivalent of a barn door with wheels, it was best to not go anywhere far. Instead, we chose to visit a nearby lighthouse and we were delighted to see the surf behind it.


    We probably spent two hours photographing and marvelling at the waves.

    waves framed by a rock


    waves splashing around a rock

    At one little cove, the foam was being blown up in the air. I am used to seeing bits of paper blowing around and that is what I first thought when I saw the floating foam. For a little while, we just sat in the sunshine near the water and enjoyed the waves and marvelled at their strength.

    foam on water mixing around rocks

    Surprisingly, the little tour boat went out today in the Arm. I’m sure many of the passengers were glad when they returned to dry land.

    small tour boat surrounded by mountains

  • Wish I knew bird types better. We watched this little guy for several minutes as it briefly picked away at the seeds in the cone and then flew off, coming back again and again.

    small bird eating from a fir cone

  • It’s very hard to portray the vastness of Gros Morne National Park but this is probably my best shot. It was taken from near the top of Burnt Hill trail in Norris Point, looking up the East Arm.

    a pair of fir trees frame a rock cliff. several mountains are in the distance above some water

  • We are fine. Hurricane Larry hit the eastern seaboard of Newfoundland last night and did damage there. We are a few hundred km from there so the impact on us is some rain today and winds gusting to 69 km per hour. Tomorrow will be a lovely day!

  • Given the number of coves we have visited, surprisingly, this is one of the few lighthouses we’ve been close to. This one is at Point Riche inside the Port au Choix National Historic Site.

    lighthouse with waves hitting behind. gravel driveway in front

  • Caribou! An early morning, foggy drive out to the lighthouse at Port au Choix yielded us the sight of a caribou and its baby. They looked at us with disinterest between bites and soon walked off.

    adult caribou with antlers. baby caribou in the background. the foreground is gravel and there are a few trees in the background

  • Salt Cod Anyone?

    Saw some cod today. It was drying on a flake as we exited the campground.

    cod fillets on a flake

    The fisherman was working in his shop nearby so we asked him if he minded us looking at them. He said he had salted them and was drying them; they needed a few more days to dry. On a whim, I asked him if we could buy some. He walked over and picked up 4 nice fillets and handed them to me. When I asked what he wanted for them, he just shook his head and said, “that’s fine” and then he walked back into his shop.

    fish fillets in a hand

    So, travelling in an RV and drying cod isn’t the best combination but… the microwave rack, some cardboard and an empty storage locker gave us a spot…

    fish on a rack inside a small cabinet

    Each time we stopped, I opened the little door and let a whiff of fish escape. Once we arrived at our seaside RV park, we left it open and the sun shone in perfectly.

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    However, since it is going to start raining tonight and it will likely continue to do so for the next couple days, we decided to freeze the fish. A triple bag should work, shouldn’t it?

    fish rolled up in a plastic bag

    and now, we wait… When we are ready to eat it, the fish will need to be soaked in water for several hours to remove the salt. The fisherman suggested serving them with potatoes which is what we will do.

  • Wonder no more what the winters are like on the Great Northern Peninsula of NL. This ambulance is built for the extremes. 4x4 and lifted, it looks like it has had its share of work.

    heavy duty van converted into ambulance for town of st. lunaire-griquet nl

  • An awesome day today up the Straits of Belle Isle and then across the Northern Peninsula to the Atlantic. We saw remnants of a Viking settlement and visited an old fishing village before sighting a moose and doing some stargazing. The ISS and European air traffic topped it off.

    a woman in the middle of a rusty scupture of various explorers

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