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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #120 on: July 03, 2008, 02:52:21 PM »
Sorry for butting in...

   Anyone in the Canada trip contemplating visiting LUNENBURG in Nova Scotia, the original home of the Bluenose Sailing vessel. Quaint little town with lots of history and a lot of photo opportunities.

   I was there in the late seventies on business.

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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #121 on: July 03, 2008, 03:41:14 PM »
Marsha,

What Jerry left out was that the $20,000 was spent over a five month period.  It began in mid-April at Moab, then east to WI, IN, MI, one month going across Ontario and Quebec, one month in Newfoundland and Labrador, then New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, back to the U.S. and south to SC, back up to VA, PA, and then west to OR, CA, and then NV and home in mid-September.  It was a long trip of 13,397 miles in 142 days and that mileage was only for the motorhome.  We didn't even keep track of the toad's miles but it was probably half that of the motorhome or around 7,000 miles so the total miles driven was probably about 20,000 miles.  Once you look at all the things we did and where we went in that time, the cost doesn't seem so bad.  It included fuel up to US$4.25 per U.S. gallon, admissions to numerous parks, restaurant meals, visits to family and framily, and even my 50th high school reunion.  I wouldn't trade that trip for anything!  It was wonderful - one of the best we've ever taken!

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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #122 on: July 03, 2008, 04:19:40 PM »
Betty,

That little village alongside the stream is darling!  And it looks unbelieveably like some of the real villages.  You sound like it's great so far.

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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #123 on: July 03, 2008, 04:26:46 PM »
As I've told anyone who's asked, any visit to Nova Scotia requires a trip to the South Shore.  Lunenburg is a UNESCO Heritage site, and is quite unique, Mahone Bay has a most delightfull waterfront, with 3 chuches along the Bay, and the drive down the LaHave River to Riverport, across the Ferry, with a stop at the bakery for fresh bread, and a stop at the lighthouse first established by Champlain.  These are all must sees, but can be done along with Peggy's Cove in a day's run in the Toad.
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« Reply #124 on: July 03, 2008, 05:27:52 PM »
And don't forget the totally renovated citadel at Louisbourg and Grand Pre.  We were at Louisbourg right after they finished the renovation and it was very well done.  Grand Pre has a beautiful little chapel built with funds contributed by Acadians from around the world.  It has six wonderful paintings that depict how the Acadians were removed from Canada.  This entailed splitting up families.  The paintings are very moving and show their plight beautifully.  The statue of Evangeline is also there.

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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #125 on: July 03, 2008, 05:52:20 PM »
Ardra,

Our plans for next year are to start out with the Hop, Skip & Jump in Utah, then head on toward Indiana for a wedding the 30th of May; then another wedding in Canada on Manitoulin (sp?) Island the following weekend JUne 6th.  After that we will continue on east into the Maritimes and not return to Calif until Sept/Oct.  So Tim's budget may be pretty accurate.  We also do lots of eating out, sightseeing, park admissions etc.  However, we'll probably do more staying in one place to get the weekly and long term rates to help offset the fuel increase.

Re the 500.  We have dear friends in Indianapolis and always try to work in a visit with them, but with these weddings I don't think we'll be in the area during the 500; most likely right before it.

With everyone's posts about what to see and where to go in the Maritimes; it's great for those coming along later.

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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #126 on: July 03, 2008, 06:18:12 PM »
Ardra,

I think I should also add and if the fires don't spread..... ;D

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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #127 on: July 03, 2008, 06:24:58 PM »
Hello again Newfie travelers....

   Below is a fun post from some time ago, which I posted then with the greatest respect for all Newfie Moms. It is  Canadian humor.


A NEWFIE MOTHER WRITING TO HER SON

My Dear Son,

   Just a few lines to let you know that I’m still alive. I am writing this letter slowly because I know that you can’t read fast. You won’t know the house when you come home-----we’ve moved.

   It was a lot of trouble moving---the most difficult thing was the bed. You see the man wouldn’t let us take it in the taxi. It wouldn’t have been too bad if your father hadn’t been sleeping in it at the time.
   About your father---he has a lovely new job. He has 500 men under him. He’s cutting the grass at the Cemetery.
   Your sister got herself engaged to that fellow she’s been going out with. He gave her a beautiful ring with three stones missing.

   Our neighbours, the Brown’s, started to keep pigs. We got the wind of it this morning. I got my appendix out and a dishwasher put in.
   There was a washing machine in the new house when we moved in, but it isn’t working too good. Last week I put 4 shirts into it---pulled the chain---and haven’t seen the shirts since.
   Your little brother came home from school yesterday crying. All the boys in his school have new suits. We can’t afford to buy him a new suit, but we’re going to buy him a new hat and let him look out the window.
   Your sister Mary had a baby this morning. I haven’t heard yet whether it’s a boy or a girl, so I don’t know whether you’re a Aunt or a Uncle.
   Your Uncle Dick was drowned last week in a vat of whiskey in Dublin Brewery. Four of his workmates dived in to save him but he fought them bravely off. We creamated his body and it took three days to put out the fire.

   Kate is now working in a factory in Birmingham. She’s been there now for six weeks. I’m sending her some clean underwear as she’s in the same shift since she started.
   Your father didn’t have too much to drink at Christmas. I put a bottle of castor oil in his pint of beer. It kept him going till New Year’s Day. I went to the Doctor on Thursday, your father came with me. The Doctor put a small glass tube in to my mouth and told me not to open it for ten minutes. Your father offered to buy it from him.
   It only rained twice last week. First for 3 days and then for 4. Monday was so windy that one of our chickens laid the same egg four times.
   We had a letter yesterday from the undertaker. He said if the last installment wasn’t paid on your Grandmother within 7 days, up she comes.
   I must close now---because the plumber is coming here to repair the pipes and there’s a shocking smell.

                  YOUR LOVING MOTHER   
P.S. I was going to send you $10, but I had already sealed the envelope.


 
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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #128 on: July 03, 2008, 07:03:18 PM »
Jeff,

If the house burns down, I'll be forced to fulltime; and probably love every minute of it; cause all the stuff I wanted to keep will be gone..... :o

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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #129 on: July 03, 2008, 08:46:53 PM »
July 3, 2008  St John’s City Tour ,NL

This morning Russ yelled on CB before I had even had my breakfast.  I could not imagine what had him so excited at that hour.  I glanced out RV window to see the tallest moose I have ever seen prancing through our Park. Terry rushed outside for a photo but only got a butt shot.  What a thrill this early in the morning. We later learned there are over 120,000 moose on the island but no wolves, deer, skunk, porcupine.   We met our  guide , Brendan McQuillan of   Legends Tours who had a 9 passenger  mini van at the gate of our Pippy RV Park.  I highly recommend this city tour.  It is Legend Tours (709) 753-1497.  Brendon was our very Irish guide who is born and raised in Newfoundland.   He knows his city and helped make this beautiful place come alive for us.  We ventured out to Cape Spear for a repeat of yesterday’s visit but this time with narration of it’s history.  The day was a bit more overcast than yesterday so  sea did not have the  Caribbean blue color but waves were just as majestic.  We moved on to Petty Harbor to learn about cod fishing and how the fishing is just one part. The fixing fish is critical and  cod has been historically the most important reason that  Newfoundland was settled.  The Queen even required fish to be eaten twice weekly so the demand was great. It was salted and dried before refrigeration  techniques.

 We toured the many colorful buildings and streets of downtown  St John’s a city  said to be handsomely historic and stylishly new.  The streets were originally planned for horse trails so they are not very wide and they are very haphazard.  Welcome to a city laid out in 1497.  It is the oldest  European community in North America that has been continuously  occupied.  There were no natives here when founded but natives can be found  on the west side of the Island.  The combined population of Labrador and Newfoundland is just under 500,000.  St John’s has about 200,000.  The major industries are oil, fishing and tourism.  There is also nickel mining.  There is very little crime. The winters last 9 months and Newfoundland has the windiest days  by velocity in all of Canada.   In fact they no longer run any trains as the wind blew them over! The former train station is now a Train Museum. They  have the same amount of sunny days as Prince Edward Island.  Did you know that St. John’s is on the same  latitude as Seattle and Paris? 

We toured Cabot Tower that is on top of Signal Hill, named because of the signal flags ships used to identify themselves  when coming into this beautiful Harbor.  We were able to see the Signal Hill Tattoo.  Military cadets,  recreated the training drills used by the British Soldiers.  The fife  and drum core had my heart pounding to the cadence and I recalled my days as a drill team captain.  Soldiers practiced daily in readiness for the type of  war waged by marching almost face to face with the enemy troops.  This drill was a treat narrated to provide historical accuracy.  Too  bad my short term memory is shot and I can’t recall all the  details to share with you.  I do recall that the Red Coats  wore bearskin hats with a big  plume that had a  golden strip with the words “Difficult is not daunting”  as a motto. The views from atop this hill are impressive, interesting and inspiring.  One can see Fort Amherst and the harbor below and it is again another post card setting.

We had lunch at  Papas Pier 17 recommended by our guide.  Yummy Greek salads and French onion soup. 

I’ll only hope that my words about this city might bring you here to visit.  Brendon fears tourism is going to be way down this year due to fuel prices.   A caravan filled our park this afternoon with visitors from Quebec so maybe things will pick up!  As a footnote, if you read the “Fitzgerald’s in Newfoundland” journal in the RVForum library , you will get an extensive perspective from Ardra’s writings on St John‘s from July 1 to July 5.  I hope I get to see and do all that they managed.
 

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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #130 on: July 03, 2008, 09:23:18 PM »
....  I glanced out RV window to see the tallest moose I have ever seen prancing through our Park. Terry rushed outside for a photo but only got a butt shot.  ...

Sounds like Terry is getting pretty good at those.   :D

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« Reply #131 on: July 04, 2008, 03:48:07 PM »
July 4, 2008  St John’s Tourist Places NL

Today is our 11th wedding anniversary.  However there will be no fireworks for us as Canadians just don’t seem to celebrate our American Independence Day the same way we do.  While it is actually  11 years of marriage we claim to have  been a couple for 24 years.  We will take a late dining reservation at  Blue on Water a downtown restaurant recommended to us by a fellow  Newfoundland traveler here in our RV Park .  She gave us this tip along with another we followed today.  Our first touristy thing of the day was a private tour at IOT.  So what is  IOT you ask? 

It is an Institute for  Ocean Technology funded by the National Research Council of Canada.  It is a Canadian Governmental operation of world class status.  Only 3 such sites operate on earth. Adam was our personal tour guide and he presented the tasks completed by this outfit with articulation , enthusiasm and had me in awe.  The IOC is a research and testing  organization for things that would go in the water like  ships, barges, oil rigs .  The guys seeking the America‘s  Cup would  hire them to test the design of their  latest sailing vessels.  Scale models are built and then tested using the most scientific computer simulated instrument imaginable.   Submarines are tested here as well as ice barges.  They have huge tanks the length of 3 football fields to have scale models pass through and test the speed, design, buoyancy and what ever else they may want to test.  They can recreate an ice field  as found in oceans. Did you know ice has lots of different forms?  Ice formed  in the ocean is not salt water, as the freezing process removes the salt.  We stepped into a room that was -25 degrees where it take about 7 hours to form the level and density of ice they want to recreate on this huge indoor tank.  They  can move their model through it to see how the propeller will react the strength , speed etc. It was fascinating. A huge machine that tools the synthetic models was purchased from Romania for $800,000.  I would never have  guessed Romania had such precision instrumentation. They had a machine to make waves and emulate ocean current in  a 17 million liter  tank.  It can make wind and currents to match conditions at sea to give the old boat a good test!  I had no idea  things were tested on this scale before they were even built.   Much of the research is top secret so we had to check our cameras at the desk.  No photos of this but you should write down (709) 772-4366 for a  schedule  private tour that is best of all FREE.

After lunch we visited the Johnson Geo Centre touted as “The earth’s Geological Showcase.”   It was the finest museum I have ever seen with regard to the formation of the earth, the Tectonic plate  explanation and it highlighted the significance of  Newfoundland as a place where history revealed itself . I am becoming so much more aware of the historical significance of this Atlantic Island.  The series of videos, small feature films, full length documentaries could have taken up a full day.  In addition they had a portion dedicated to facts regarding the loss of the Titanic that was lost only 350 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. A series of poor decisions by humans was  clearly the  cause of  a terrible  scene. I learned the Titanic had  nine transmission of eminent danger that were ignored!  Blame fell to  the Captain,  the crew, the  builders and owners of this ship for this disaster.

Outside the Geo center I saw examples of the rocks of Newfoundland in their natural state and in their polished form.  No wonder granite counters are so expensive, it took almost 400 million years to make it! 

Our mail did not arrive today so we hope it comes on Monday as there is no Saturday delivery.  If not we may have to stay another day or so.  No problem for  me.
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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #132 on: July 04, 2008, 06:27:13 PM »
Betty & Terry,

Happy Anniversary to both of you. Ardra and I remember well that we met you two when you arrived at the Estes Park Centerpoint RV Forum rally.  As we remember it the two were married on your way to Estes Park, Colorado.  It's been a good run!

We love your EXCELLENT pictures and they remind us so much of our trip. Lucky you...seeing the Geo Center.  When we were there they had a fire inside the building the day before and were closed for an unknown amount of time.  Maybe that's an excuse to again return to St John's.

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« Reply #133 on: July 04, 2008, 06:37:08 PM »
Happy Anniversary guys - 11 years, 24 years, either way, time flies when you're having fun ! And it sounds like you're having a lot of fun on this trip !

Keep the reports coming when you can and enjoy
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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #134 on: July 04, 2008, 08:16:57 PM »
Finally got around to checking-up on your trip.  It's been hectic for me to get anything done, with recuperating from the surgery and the broken foot.  Surely, enjoyed your visit, and now you got both Cooch and I going on a trip to Newfoundland, sounds so interesting. 
I am including a photo (hope this post works out, this time...) I tried to get some good photos of the Chateau Montebello when we were boating on the Ottawa River the other day, but they did not turn out so well.  I really need to read-up on my camera instructions, we surely enjoyed your slide presentation, Terry... I am envyous!
Happy Anniversary from both of us and many more !!
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« Reply #135 on: July 04, 2008, 08:19:25 PM »
Oops ! here is the photo I promised !

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« Reply #136 on: July 04, 2008, 09:52:57 PM »
Hi Terry & Betty,

Happy Anniversary!!!!

We remember very well when you were married. It was the only year we forgot our number 1 Grandson's birthday!!!! We did call him today and he is now 18! Hope you had a great day.
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« Reply #137 on: July 05, 2008, 07:08:29 AM »
  Surely, enjoyed your visit, and now you got both Cooch and I going on a trip to Newfoundland, sounds so interesting. 
I am including a photo (hope this post works out, this time...)
Annette,

Thank you for the well wishes and the photo.  We have such fond memories of our visit to Ottawa.  Yes yes  do come to Newfoundland.  You are so much closer to get here that we are.  It is simply awesome. We are on the routes taken by Adventure Caravans by following their brochure.  There is a Caravan here in our park with labels FQCC on them .  Have you heard of that outfit? Most of their license plates are Quebec. Hope your surgery heals up quickly and the  foot too.

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« Reply #138 on: July 05, 2008, 05:29:36 PM »
July 5, 2008 St John’s NL Shopping Day,  Rooms Museum

Russ and I  took off on a shopping spree mid day. He had heard (from the barista at a coffee shop)  the name of two jewelry stores where he was on a mission  to buy presents.  I went with him while Terry fixed our high definition TV thingy.  We managed to find the spots nicely .  Russ’ mission was accomplished and I  managed to get myself an anniversary present of a lovely coral  pendant and matching earrings. I managed a photo of Rosalie Row where we made our  purchases.

We drove past the location of  “Mile One” of the Trans Canadian Highway. It was at the  base of City hall and a tourist photo opportunity at best but we did see how many kilometers it is to Halifax and to  the North Pole.   Phoenix was not listed in their destinations.    From there Russ and I visited the Rooms Museum which is only 3 years old .  It is a 50 million dollar investment made from local provincial  funds.  It is built on the site of a former fort and when we entered we could easily see that the vantage point here would inform you of incoming  ships, friendly or foe.  The Museum sits imposingly  above the waterfront and it’s shape was described to us today.  It  is 3 rooms.  One houses an Art Gallery, another the National Archives and a third a Museum. All are joined under the same roof.  It is called the Rooms as that was the  place fisherman referred to when they brought in their catch and said they would be at the  room to “fix” the fish. The Museum is a wonder.  I was struck with many of the exhibits.  One was a collection of  building models  with animation and video  built  into it.  The Church with a bowling alley in it’s basement was my favorite. Photos were not allowed.  For fellow travelers coming this way…..go there!  I took photos out off  the small deck to get  city and harbor shots.

Despite the rain showers of the morning the day turned sunny and beautiful.  Weather is something one cannot predict. This afternoon,  I took a nice long walk trying to  reduce the calories from last nights anniversary dinner at   Blue on Water, a pricey but fantastic meal.  The place reminded me of a restaurant one would find in San Francisco, trendy  and special!   My navigators planned our upcoming trips if our mail comes on Monday!





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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #139 on: July 05, 2008, 05:50:58 PM »
Betty,

Your picture of the houses was taken one block further down the hill from where we took our picture of the houses (see attached photo).  We both just loved those brightly colored houses.

It also appears that the "Where Canada Begins" sign has changed to the much nicer Mile 0 sign that Russ is standing next to (see attached photo).  The sign in the photo is the one that both the Nathans and Ardra & I photographed.

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« Reply #140 on: July 05, 2008, 07:07:54 PM »
Betty,

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« Reply #141 on: July 06, 2008, 05:55:08 AM »
There used to be many many of the brightly painted houses, especially in the outports. Alas, the vinal siding salesmen have also been
to the far reaches of the island and many of the brightly painted houses are now covered in vinal.

I was told that one reason for the brightly colored houses was that there was no tax on paint for the boats back in the day,
so when they bought paint for the boat they got enough to paint the house also. Sounds reasonable to me.

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« Reply #142 on: July 06, 2008, 10:10:25 AM »
Betty,

Your picture of the houses was taken one block further down the hill from where we took our picture of the houses (see attached photo).  We both just loved those brightly colored houses.

It also appears that the "Where Canada Begins" sign has changed to the much nicer Mile 0 sign that Russ is standing next to (see attached photo).  The sign in the photo is the one that both the Nathans and Ardra & I photographed.

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« Reply #143 on: July 06, 2008, 05:42:45 PM »
July 6, 2008 St John’s  Tourist  Day  of Rest

We had planned to  take the  Gatherall’s Puffin and Whale watch tour  in Bay Bulls but the weather was cloudy and cold so we rescheduled for tomorrow.  I wore my new jewelry and we visited the Flavarium which is an under water viewing point of a local stream filled with trout.  It was like visiting an aquarium except the subjects were not in an  enclosed structure.   This place was built underground  to capture a view of their  natural  setting.  While we did see many trout we  were disappointed in the overall experience.  We are spoiled tourists.  We did enjoy the  1.1 mile walk around the Flavarium as a chance walk  in a beautiful setting.

Since Terry had missed yesterdays Mile  0 point,  we returned today and noted that the place the FitzGerald’s and Nathans had seen was right  across a short driveway from the new sign. The plaque designating the start of  the Canadian Highway  was missing but we saw  the  plants and banner seen by Jerry and Terry Nathan.   We  trekked down an 89 step staircase to a desired lunch spot only to find it was closed on Sunday and then had to climb back up those 89 steps .  I was huffing and puffing but enjoyed the  exercise. 

I’d like to  take this opportunity to  share with you my perceptions of a few things.  Food costs are expensive here.  Consider,  this is an island where  most  food stuffs  need to be imported!  The packet of Uncle Ben’s Bistro rice that I purchased at a Wal-Mart in Michigan was $1.87.  I made the same purchase in Ottawa at $ 2. 17.  Today I saw it at Sobeys (the local Safeway) for $2.39.  This is not a complaint, as you get what you get when traveling.  I just wanted to let you know we have found costs high here in Newfoundland.  When having lunch out in a restaurant it can be  $30.  We have  now decided to make lunch out our main meal and have salads for dinner.  It is highly desirable to have cell  phone service while traveling. We have a Verizon service and for  an additional $20 per month we added Canadian Service.  A GPS is an essential for travel  here. St John’s is not  logical and “Hilda” has  guided us to our destinations with ease. 

A delightful young lady who is an employee of Pippy Park is doing a Master’s  thesis on Full timers and asked If she could interview me.  I will do this tomorrow.  She finds that the social phenomenon of full timers is not widely documented and her professors are delighted in her unique research project.  I gave her the forums’ address as a place to gain info.

We are still trying to talk Russ into joining us for the boat trip  tomorrow but he is convinced he will be seasick . 





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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #144 on: July 07, 2008, 04:27:41 PM »
Betty, is that your new coral pendant in the Mile 0 photo?  Very nice!

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« Reply #145 on: July 07, 2008, 05:46:11 PM »
7/6 Sunday.Did the Killik coast trip N of St Johns and down the west side of the peninsula. In middle cove lots of people were at the stony beach waiting for the grunion equivalents to come ashore. Monday dolphin and whales were feasting on them offshore. Some of the villages have steep wooden slipways for hauling the dories out of the water.

It was cloudy all day and one shower fell on me. The villages near St Johns are now bedroom communities with upscale homes alone the ridges with an ocean view. They are bland colored because vinyl siding does not have any pzazz! I've read that the bright house paint custom occured because boat paint is/was untaxed...so they just bought extra for the house.

7/7 Monday. Sunny! Warm! In the morning I went to the east side of the harbor as far as I could, about oposite the tower on signal hill. Got good photos of the battery neighborhood, downtown, and the harbor. In the afternoon I went again to cape Spear and watched whales breaching far offshore.
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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #146 on: July 07, 2008, 07:25:31 PM »
July 7, 2008 St John’s NL  Gatherall’s Boat Tour

The day was beautifully sunny  and we tried again to get Russ to join us on the  boat tour to see Puffins and Whales.  He declined and set off for his own sight seeing photographic day.  We took the 1:30 boat cruise out to the Witless Bay Reserve.  The guys on board were witty and played  neat Irish music.  I was hoping to see puffins and was unexpectedly  delighted in a showing of  humpback whales like no other.   They play in groups in this bay.  Once upon a time there were  estimated to be 150,000 whales off shores of  Newfoundland and then came the explorers and  whalers.  By  1970 there were only 1, 500  humpback whales left and they were now an endangered species .  Today their numbers have come back to 15,000 and they are considered a “species of interest.”   The bay provides rich nutrients for the whales who  usually travel in pairs or 3.   We witnessed the playfulness of the groups right off our boat today.  It was wonderful.  I had lots of water shots but managed to get a few whale tales.

Puffins are really short birds not quite  10 inches tall.  We did not see as many of them as we had expected and they are reported to be PP flyers.  This means Piss poor flyers.  They  make  several  take off tries to fly  as their body weight defy the laws of  physics .  The orange beaks  of the females are only evident during the mating season then they go back to gray beaks.  They lay their eggs in  nests in little holes they are able to bore in the side of  hills up to 6 feet deep .  They return to the same nest  year after year.  I bought  a post card of them to ensure I had a good photo.  Terry , with his telephoto lens got  shots of their environment.

We had another wonderful lunch at their restaurant and returned to our campground to find our  mail had not arrived.  This is the first time in  9 years of mail forwarding  (the first to be forwarded to Canada) that our mail has not come at the appointed time.  We will not stay another day for it to arrive but will have it sent back and hope to get it later.  Oh well.

Ellen interviewed me this evening on being an RVer .  She has worked at  Pippy Park summers for 5 years so has lots of experience with Rvers.   I hope I contributed to her Master’s thesis .  She was delightful.  We move on to Gander, inland in the morning. 
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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #147 on: July 07, 2008, 07:55:45 PM »
Betty, is that your new coral pendant in the Mile 0 photo? 

Yep it is.  Earrings too.  I don't even know if they  were made by artist from Newfoundland but they spoke to me and were way less $ than the  coral jewelry I saw at Moab.

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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #148 on: July 07, 2008, 08:57:21 PM »
...  I had lots of water shots but managed to get a few whale tales.
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Are those the aquatic equivalent of Terry's moose butt shots?   ;D
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Re: Canadian Maritimes with Mahoney/Brewers 08
« Reply #149 on: July 07, 2008, 09:55:48 PM »
Betty:   Thanks for posting some scenery.

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