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Old 11-01-2009, 07:20 PM   #15
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Two weeks is what we have and two weeks it will be. People go to Europe for a week. Do they expect to see it all in a week? We will make the best of it. It is 19 hours drive from me to the ferry. The ferry is six to eight hours. It will be what it will be. I actually do not need to hear that we do not have enough time. We are not retired, we work and we are going to make the most of what we have. I do not expect to see the whole Island or take in every site. Perhaps we will just sit on one beach the entire time and never see anything but that sunrise and the sun set.
How about instead of trying to dissuade me you tell me about the coolest thing you did see. How about telling me about the one thing you would go see again.

Howie was nice enough to call me today and run down a full list of places he recommends.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:43 PM   #16
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I'm not trying to dissuade you from going. I actually would like for you to have a good trip and believe more time would greatly enhance your trip. Two other posters said the same thing about the time allotted. I cannot pick one thing since there were so many. Newfoundland is a unique place.

Some things that I recall offhand—watching orcas cavort in the harbor at Port aux Basque, an old majestic hotel in Corner Brook, Rocky Harbour, the national park just north of there (forgot the name), all the small towns along the coasts, St. John's: a cosmopolitan city, looking at the harbor from Signal Hill (where Marconi send the first transatlantic radio message) and watching icebergs on the Atlantic Ocean side; driving down the coast south of St. Johns to see the point in N. America closest to Europe, visiting a nature preserve (called St. Mary's I think) to watch the thousands of birds on cliffs over the Atlantic, talking to the people anywhere, buying Newfoundland sweaters (cheap there, incredibly warm and well made), taking the ferry through ice flows (in April), seeing icebergs from the Northern Penninsula, finding the small town where most of The Shipping News was filmed. And, of course, L' Anse aux Meadows. It's a lot, sort of like seeing NY and Pa in size. Read The Shipping News and see the movie—they give a good idea of the flavor of the island.

Having 2 weeks makes it difficult. That's all anyone is saying. I've done long trips in 2 weeks too. You make the best you can of it.

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One of the very best aspects of Newfoundland is the people. Another thought would be that instead of making a whirlwind trip from one end to the other, perhaps pick the west side or the east side and spend time to meet the locals. You can get a ferry to either side.

My wife and I went to Newfoundland as part of the Great Newfoundland Dog Trek in 1997. We had a caravan of 60 RVs (including five Airstreams), that contained 130 Newfoundland dogs (the average weight of a Newf is about 140 lbs)! Try to imagine what we looked like when we pulled into a campground.

Our trek did move from the west coast to the east coast. I remember the east coast more, mostly because of the people we met. Our key destination was Bonavista where we stayed at the Paradise Farm Trailer Park a couple miles south of town. This was the port that they sailed a replica of the Mathews ship into and we were part of a great festival around it.

Like many parts of Canada they always have fun festivals during the summer months. Perhaps there would be one based around a hobby or interest of yours that you could use as a focal point for the trip. We have a great friend in St. Johns and every year they have many musical festivals that are worthy of building a trip around.

Regarding the people, I remember a couple of times when we had to ask for directions. Both times the person who we asked stopped working and said follow me. They jumped in their car and lead us safely to our destination. Then we chatted for a while and in one case we were invited that evening over to their house for dinner.

You will enjoy a couple of days or a couple of weeks there. I am very envious and I hope to hear about your trip.
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The only firm plans are going to be the ferry on and ferry off. We are hoping to kind of just see where the road takes us. That was Wally's goal was it not? I wish I had a couple of months to explore the entire maritime provinces, but we will make the best of what time we have. If for some reason we do not feel for filled by the amount of time we have, then it will give us a reason to go back again. I guess this is why we keep flying out to New Mexico and renting a car for a long weekend (done that six times in two years) or this is why we go to Mexico every winter for a week. I can understand only scratching the surface. But for people far from retirement, two weeks is a long vacation. It takes a lot to dedicate that amount of time to a vacation.

Hearing the highlights of all of your visits is a very good thing. I have been reading an excellent book called Theatre of Fish by John Gimlette. It gives a very interesting dual history of the Island through his own eyes and the journals of his great Great Grandfather, Grenfield who half the islands municiple buildings and public places are named after.

Shipping News is a fantastic book. I think the book far exceeds the movie, but the movie was very good too. Anne Proiux is a fantastic writer and I love all her books. I just finished her latest Bad Dirt.
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Thanks for the tip about Theater of Fish, sounds like a good book. I agree Shipping News is better as a book, a lot of which I read on the ferry. I don't know how many times we've watched the movie. Sounds like you're doing your homework.

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The only firm plans are going to be the ferry on and ferry off. We are hoping to kind of just see where the road takes us. That was Wally's goal was it not? I wish I had a couple of months to explore the entire maritime provinces, but we will make the best of what time we have. If for some reason we do not feel for filled by the amount of time we have, then it will give us a reason to go back again.

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Sorry about negative timeline, but 10 yrs retired screws up thought process of time.
We did East coast first, was going to loop back seeing all of NF but half way up had a flat, couldn't find a simple tire{vw vanagon) started back found tire a hundred miles south and decided to see more on a return visit.
Did the west coast and included Labrador.
Two weeks I would pick the east coast, pick a couple of coves and enjoy.
The long ferry ride is enough time to rest, by the way reservations not required but highly recommended in prime season. You can boondock at Ferry docks until an opening is available.
Can't do too much research, NF travel site will send out all the maps and info.
Enjoy the time you have, it is a great destination, but the getting there is also fun.
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For the person who asked about Nova Scotia, I would highly recommend driving around the famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton island. Beautiful country.

Peggys Cove just outside of Halifax is another spot worth seeing. Lighthouse on rocks with ocean waves crashing over, it doesn't get more picturesque.
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