7.20.10 to Twillingate

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7.20.10 to Twillingate

 

We are near Twillingate, which is in at the top, center of Newfoundland, out on the tip of a penninsula.  We drove about 6 hours today from our Gros Morne NP campground (western edge, midway up on NFL).

 

Due to a cozy, rainy morning and making French toast out of fat slices of Newfoundland bread, we got a late start.  It was worth it!

 

A fun Toronto couple with three kids was fun to talk with at the dump station, which is free along the road leading to our campground (15 miles east of Shoal Rock, watch for signs).  Their colorful RV was decorated with blue decals from a sign company.

 

A long, but lovely drive along the Trans-Canada Highway (CA-1) led to the Visitor’s Center covering the Eastern half of Newfoundland.

Our new Toronto friends with their colorful rig
  Our Port-Aux-Basque (Western half) Visitor’s Center ladies had told us to stop there for info, and so we did.  Guess who we saw there?  Another Texan!  This one from Beaumont.

 

Anyway, the Visitor’s Center kindly called the Twillingate Campground for us (Peyton Woods) but they were full except for dry camping.  We tried to accept, but they had already hung up.  So we just headed on down the road. 

 

Believe it or not, Evelyn and Steve had been at that Visitor's Center half an hour earlier and fortunately got a full-service site at Peyton!  We’ll happily meet them for dinner tomorrow!

 

 

Twillingate is having their big annual Fish & Folk Festival this week, starting yesterday.

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  It is dampened by the recent drowning of four community members, which has saddened everyone here on Newfoundland.  The Thursday and Friday funerals are for two brothers ages 10 and 12 and two adult male family friends.  Terribly sad, sad, sad.  Breaks my heart.  They are still holding the festival though, and we will go tomorrow.

 

Twillingate is also the "Iceberg Capital of the World" which is great, except that the Visitor's Center told us today that "there are no icebergs in Newfoundland" right now.  NONE!  What's up with that?  We're happy we got to see the one in the Blanc Sablan harbor near Labrador!

 

Also, there are wild tales of many whales near St. John's right now and about 50/50 chances of seeing them near Twillingate with a boat trip.  Did you know it is not easy keeping up with those beasts?  They follow the Capelin fish, which last told were in a nearby bay somewhere.  Folks predict the Capelin will make it up here to Twillingate soon.  Whew, a whale scavenger hunt indeed!

 

Gas was as high as $1.

Huge strawberry sales tent near the fields (we got frozen raspberries and fresh strawberries!)
18 a liter on the drive today!  One fillup cost $100.  Really!  And Ciao takes no more than 26 gallons.  Ouch.  At least it is less than the $181 on the Dempster Highway!

 

The kids are banned from all video and most computer activities.  Why?  Apparently their usage resulted in over $1000 in bandwidth overage in ONE month.  No kidding!  Not laughing! 

 

Ned sweet-talked Verizon down some, but the damage is painful and we realize that not monitoring usage is expensive.  Using the router means we cannot see when our monthly 5 gig maximum has been surpassed.  Now we all feel bad about that expensive mistake.

 

But let's not dwell on sad things.  Here’s something interesting:

 

Guess where we are tonight?  Dildo Run Provincial Park.

Our campground near Twillingate

Yep!  It is a lovely campground with electric just 20 miles south of Twillingate.

 

Here's a funny from the other day:  a smart-looking fellow (like Brian Williams) answered my question about his origination point by saying, "I'm from Ottawa... Canada."  I nearly laughed aloud and was happy to discuss our recent excursion there.  Did he think I would ask where the country of Ottawa was located? 

 

Twillingate, by the way, is the town where my Newfoundland friend that I met at horseback riding lessons in Texas (see post #1 in this blog), Cecile, previously owned a B&B.  We are excited to explore this beloved town tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our campground near Twillingate
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