7.12.10 Ferry from NS to NFL

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7.12.10 Ferry from NS to NFL

 

All museums should start with a totally confused person.  Right?  Then build displays answering that person’s questions.  So many museums make these mistakes:

 

  1. Skip the critical overview
  2. Lack an interactive way of teaching
  3. Put all vital info in the first 2 displays while the rest of the place beckons, “Don’t dawdle there!  Come back here!  Get out of that mass of humanity!”
  4. Kid museums using grandiose words that kids can’t read (Doh!)
  5. Have English-translated descriptions where it just does not flow

 

I am hereby offering my clueless services to all museum curators.

Main highway ends right at the ferry line

 

Anyhoo, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum was interesting, just 30 miles N of our campground on the way to the ferry.  While it did have #1 thru #4 (see above) going for it, we really enjoyed learning about Mr. Bell’s accomplishments, many of which had *nothing* to do with the telephone. 

 

Instead, his life’s passion was to teach people who are deaf to speak! His father and grandfather had done the same work.

 

Have you heard about Visible Speech?  It is a system of symbols that match sounds made with certain positions of the vocal organs.  Bell had great teaching success using the Visible Speech system that his father had perfected. 

 

Learning to talk intelligibly when you’ve never heard speech, and cannot hear yourself speak, is difficult! 

 

It was through Bell’s extensive work with speech that he was able to develop the telephone.

Martina at the Ferry drive-up ticket booth has personality!
  Fascinating!

 

My favorite Bell accomplishment: as a boy he taught his dog to growl out different syllables.  The ultimate was growling that sounded like, “How are you, Grandmama?” The dog became famous.  No kidding.  Hilarious!

 

Bell married his deaf student, Mabel, as soon as she turned 18 and she was his lifelong soulmate.  Awww, so sweet!

 

Another interesting point:  The Bell’s “cottage” they built in Baddick, NS ended up being a “castle.”  A timeless human foible.  At least they filled it with love of friends and family. 

 

One more tidbit and then I’ll stop: 

Bell didn’t do very well in high school and it was only on a trip to London with his Grandfather that he matured and realized how important education was to his newfound passion of teaching speech.

Texan Ciao is the first in the ferry line!
  After that, he studied hard on his own.  So there:  Travel as education!  It’s good for maturity, clarity of passion, and valuing of education.

 

Small catch of breath.  (Go get a snack.  I have lots of time).

 

We made it on time to the ferry- Hooray!  Since we were from Texas, they parked us at the front of the line! 

 

Well, maybe not because of that, but our nice ferry check-in person at the drive up booth, Martina, sent us to the front.  We have no plans to find her cute, bodybuilding son-in-law on our boat out of Argentia, not to worry!

 

Summer Echo (really, her name) measured our RV length with a roller wheel and then quizzed us to see if we paid the right amount.  Of course, we never lie and were accurate, but given the dozens of ferries we’ve been on, it was an interesting first to be actually measured.  Everyone was very nice.

Lennie with his Blue Bell t-shirt

 

We met another RV’er from CA in the ferry line.  I tried to instill in Lennie the imperative nature of POI’s on a GPS.  And I got a photo of his Texan Blue Bell Ice Creamery t-shirt!

 

Newfoundland Visitor’s Info Center is in the ferry terminal at North Sydney, NS!  Who knew?  So thanks to Evelyn’s suggestion, I got the detailed NFL map and the 2010 Guide Book, but no sanitation station list, but we’ll be fine. 

 

Visitor Info also said RV’s can overnight park at any highway pulloff, and that Newfoundland is most lenient.  If the Visitor Info at Port Aux-Basque tonight is closed when we arrive, then we can park there too.  But they meet the ferry’s schedule and will likely be open until 1am. 

 

Lennie’s cousin told him RV’ers could overnight virtually anywhere.

Our ferry from NS to NFL
  Honestly, I have a much higher opinion of places that welcome their tourists!

 

After we parked with trucks on the lower level, a ferry employee led us to the door upstairs.  Very helpful as doors are hard to find, sealed closed, and hard to open.  Plus, you’re crawling through trucks that are packed in tightly.  Always remember your parking deck number so you can find your RV again.  Very exciting! 

 

(Time passes)

 

We’re on board now!  The steward said we can plug computers in anywhere (bring small extension cord) and offered to charge items behind his desk.  We found a cafeteria table by a plug and can hear a bit of the live country music entertainment in the lounge.

 

Sadly a hailstorm damaged the ship’s internet last night, so on board wi-fi is down.  Evelyn says NFL internet is spotty, so let the internet adventure begin!

 

Dinner aboard was not award-winning, but fine.

Loading on the Caribou ferry!
Baked cod was my “seafood of the day” ��"a personal goal while we’re here.

 

---Looking ahead---

 

Atlantic Canada or bust!  When we arrive in Newfoundland, we’ll be in Atlantic Canada!  Remember the Maritimes (NB, NS, and PEI) plus Newfoundland and Labrador comprise “Atlantic Canada.” 

 

And Newfoundland and Labrador (said in that order) is ONE province, not two, even though you have to take a ferry between the two land masses. 

 

It seems few people in the Maritimes have visited Newfoundland.  It’s very exotic to us!

 

So here’s our plan:

  1. ferry into Port Aux-Basque, Newfoundland on the SE coast
  2. head N to the tip (maybe/not go by ferry to Labrador- complicated)
  3. backtrack halfway down Newfoundland & drive the only East-West road
  4. drive E over to St.
    Charles eats cod!
    John
    ’s (500 miles?)
  5. ferry back from Argentia (near St. John’s) to today’s port (North Sydney, NS)

 

Wait!  A quiz:  How do you tell the difference between St. John’s in Newfoundland and Saint John in New Brunswick?

  1. St. John’s in Newfoundland has the apostrophe and “s” on the end
  2. The “Saint” in Saint John, NB is never abbreviated

Ta-da!

 

Shock!  Only 1 month until we’re supposed to be home!  Waaa!  A popular RV caravan schedules 18 days on Newfoundland and we have only 7.  So much to see, so little time! But we’ll appreciate every minute!

 

 

 

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Dumping in the rain- oh what fun!
Dumping in the rain- oh what fun!
Main highway ends right at the fer…
Main highway ends right at the fe…
Martina at the Ferry drive-up tick…
Martina at the Ferry drive-up tic…
Texan Ciao is the first in the fer…
Texan Ciao is the first in the fe…
Lennie with his Blue Bell t-shirt
Lennie with his Blue Bell t-shirt
Our ferry from NS to NFL
Our ferry from NS to NFL
Loading on the Caribou ferry!
Loading on the Caribou ferry!
Charles eats cod!
Charles eats cod!
Nice Wycocomagh Campground- Derrick
Nice Wycocomagh Campground- Derrick
Bell Museum- interesting info
Bell Museum- interesting info
Bell Museum- interesting info
Bell Museum- interesting info
Bell Museum- interesting info
Bell Museum- interesting info
Bell Museum- interesting info
Bell Museum- interesting info
Bell Museum- interesting info
Bell Museum- interesting info
Bell Museum- interesting info
Bell Museum- interesting info
Lighthouse near Bell Museum
Lighthouse near Bell Museum
Leaving Bell Museum- near N. Sydne…
Leaving Bell Museum- near N. Sydn…
Lovely NS
Lovely NS
Lovely NS
Lovely NS
Main highway ends right at the fer…
Main highway ends right at the fe…
Summer Echo with her measuring dev…
Summer Echo with her measuring de…
Leaving NS
Leaving NS
Heading for NFL!
Heading for NFL!
Leaving NS
Leaving NS
Lovely sunset
Lovely sunset
Dining room on the Carribou
Dining room on the Carribou
North Sydney
photo by: cdnpirate