A 18-day adventure by Colleen
  • Day18

    Spaniards Bay back to St. John's

    August 10, 2015 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Monday morning, raining pretty heavy! Our hosts Greg and Lorraine Miller fed us a great breakfast and Greg told us some history of the house. He also told us what to see on a scenic drive along HWy 60 back to St. John's. Mad Rock is at the tip of Spaniards Bay, went through Port au Graves - small fishing village and Hibbs Hole (now Cove). An original home and school are still there, though locked at the time. On through Cupid - first community settled by the english in North America in 1610. Lunch was at Cupid's Haven - built in 1914 is an Anglican Church, it is now a B&B and restaurant where we had fish cakes, baked beans and home made mac and cheese - yum! Pressing on through the rain (with sunny breaks now and then) we found our way along Hwy 60 and Conception Bay then back across the penninsula to St. John's and the Hampton Inn at the airport. Time to repack the bags and the walking sticks, finish the wine and enjoy the last stories with our great friends Janet and Don. Though the weather hasn't been what we would have ordered, it's been a great trip. The sun shone when we needed it to, beautiful scenery, a thousand photos and lots of laughs.Read more

  • Day17

    Clarenville to Spaniards Bay

    August 9, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    After a quick breakfast at Timmy's we set off for Placentia. Toured the fort at Castle Hill with a self guided tour. Stopped in Placentia for lunch (fish chowder for them, pancakes for me). We are now on our way to St Mary's Ecological reserve at the bottom tip of the Avalon Penninsula to see puffins and gannets.
    Then a couple hours back to Conception Bay on the Avalon penninsula to The Spaniards Room Heritage Hous B&B. The house is 114 year old and we stayed on the 3rd floor where there were 2 bedrooms and a small bath to share. They suggested we go to Lynda's Home Cooking for dinner in next door Bay Roberts. When we got there they had run out of food (must be a good place!) so we ended up at a chinese place and had probably the worst chinese ever. But that's ok - all other meals have been great. Back to the room for a glass of wine and a game of Uno - Don won!
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  • Day17

    Neddies Harbour to Clarenville

    August 9, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Drove back across the province, missed Stephenville but managed to find a Walmart in Grand Falls-Windsor - to buy our seal oil! Should have a years supply. On to Gander where we enjoyed our chicken sandwiches. We checked in to St. Judes Hotel. Nothing special but clean and reasonable. We again enjoyed great fish and chips for dinner. A quick drive through town and early to bed.Read more

  • Day15

    Neddies Harbour, Norris Point

    August 7, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    It is our last day together with Paul and Cheryl in Norris Point. We awoke to a cool, overcast morning and Janet and Don cooked fresh mackerel for breakfast. When walking last night, Den and Janet spoke with some fishrmen just coming in for the day. They offered the fresh caught fish and it was great. Soon after, we left for Woody Point. About an hours drive around Bonne Bay, we visited the Discovery Centre and then did a 4k hike up to the Tablelands - flat top mountains! Went in to Woody Point for a quick, late lunch and walkabout town. And picked up a fresh raspberry pie for dinner.
    Unfortunately Paul and Cheryl now need wheel bearings on another wheel. We've found one they can pick up in Cornerbrook but will have to be installed in North Sydney, NS on Monday.
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  • Day14

    Neddies Harbour, Gros Morne

    August 6, 2015 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Cool and wet morning - rain off and on. We decided to have a 'down' day. Everyone is catching up on their reading and I - my blog! This afternoon Cheryl will get the car fixed in Rocky Harbour and we will see the 'sights' of Rocky Harbour and Neddies Harbour (the Pharmacy!) for an outing. Planning bbq salmon for dinner. Only 1 with Paul and Cheryl!Read more

  • Day13

    Neddies Harbour Inn, Gros Morne

    August 5, 2015 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    Aug 5th - our 43rd Anniversary! Sunshine greeted us. Cheryl took their car to Rocky Harbour to have the brakes checked. She had a great visit with Rudy's father as the car was checked - needs wheel bearings to be fixed tomorrow. The rest of us drove to Broom Point, a windy point! and site of a long ago fishing village. Then to the start of the hike to Western Brook Pond (3k walk in over bog like terrain). There was then a 2 hour ferry boat ride down the fijord on a pleasant afternoon, followed by the hike back to the car. We were treated to a wonderful dinner by P&C and J&D for our Anniversary. It was delicious - I had lobster! More card games (Paul won) and off to bed.Read more

  • Day12

    Norris Point, Neddies Harbour Inn

    August 4, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We have a 3 bedroom cabin called Monty's Shorescape - and is beautiful. Right on the water - and the sun came out to join us when we arrived! After some serinading by Paul and dancing with Janet, we enjoyed some bbq burgers and a few games of cards.Read more

  • Day11

    Artisan Inn, Trinity

    August 3, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Aug 3. A driving day, we headed up the coast to Elliston to see the Puffins at Puffin Island. A short walk past the root cellars brought us to the island - thousand of puffins on land, swiming and flying about with the gulls. We spent quite some time there - must have a million photos between us all! We then drove up and around the Bonavista Penninsula to Bonavista, looking for Newman's Cove where an iceberg had been spotted a few days before. No luck with the iceberg though! Back to the cottage to enjoy the view from the front deck. Janet, Don and Den carried on to The Lighthouse and ??? Park. A dinner of pasta, shrimp and salad ended a great day!Read more

  • Day10

    Artisan Inn, Trinity

    August 2, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Aug 2 - We were up and packed early to have breakfast before heading out in the zodiacs for the whale watching advanture with
    Skipper Bob. We all donned great weatherproof suits, the day was foggy - but as we got out on to the ocean the sky cleared and we got a great deal of sun! Skipper Bob took us along the coast to see eagles nesting on the sharp cliffs, terns, gannets etc. He was on the watch for whales and we think we saw one porpoise. He didn't give up though and we want further until we found about 4 whales (and one baby) feeding on the caiplin. We were right up close with them and got great photos! The tour lasted over 3 hours. We landed and moved over to our cabin at Artisan Inn - Cove Cottage. Beautiful, on the ocean, quaint and fully stocked!
    The afternoon was spent walking the Skeewink Trail - 5.6 km and some spots quite steep. The trail snaked along the ridge and the views were spectacular! After working up an appetite we returned to the cottage just in time to change for dinner at the Inn - great lamb shank!
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  • Day9

    Hillview terrace

    August 1, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    July 31. We are all up early to a cool overcast day, so we bundled up and went to Signal Hill. Some walked to the summit, other drove. Great views and a cold wind. From there we drove to Petty Harbour for a fish and chips lunch at Chafes Landing. It was Great!
    The afternoon was a nice drive along the Irish Loop to Renews to visit Louise Bradley. She served us wine, homemade salt cod cakes, and the best strawberry rhubarb pie made by her sister with fresh whipped cream, and a side of 'bake apple jam' made by her sister's mother in law - just for us! As Louise faced the ocean, we all took a short walk on the beach before heading back to St. John's. Janet and Don stayed at the suite while the rest of us cabbed it to George St. to have them screeched in. As it was George St. Festival, there was a charge of $25 pp to go on the street to get to Trapper John's. So we passed on that, walked Water St. and cabbed back to the room. The weather was starting to clear and warm a bit!
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