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On August 21st 2007 we started out for Newfoundland

This is the captains log star date 15363.4

We had 2 options, fly to St John's or drive.

Driving seems the nicer, slower, and easier, so drive we will.

The car would be cheaper, but I like driving the van better, so the van it is.

Jesse is excited with her first trip east (She acts a little bit Newfie sometimes)

We have a maximum of 17 days to get back (for a wedding on Sept 8th in Acton)

On the way we wanted to visit a few of places

1/ The Diefenbunker in Carp near Ottawa

2/ The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa

3/ Millie's hometown in New Brunswick

4/ Hopewell Rocks

5/ The Ferry to Newfoundland

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Day 1 - Tuesday August 21st 2007

 

George Bush being in the Ottawa area for the SPP talks seems to make all the hotels in the area full or unavailable online, so we don't have a target hotel to aim for. The weather is a lot cooler than the last few weeks, which is nice for fat people walking around

We started quick to the end of the 407 then a little along the 401 until breakfast. Millie had the usual bacon and eggs, I had chicken stew / Sheppard's pie / roast potatoes and mash from the early lunch buffet (10:30am)

 

We ended up in Arnprior at the end of the day, way too much to eat and snack on

 

A private home that become a hospital

 

Behind the hotel

 

 

Always wondered what the previous  Boeing Plant in Arnprior looked like

 

The only hotel in town ( we saw 2 motels later)

Quality Inn 

(By mistake we stole the remote, we'll mail it back)

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Day 2 - Wednesday August 22nd 2007

 

 

National Gallery in Ottawa the Renoir Exhibit 

 

 

 

Downtown Ottawa drive by Photo (Must be politicians)

 

 

Millie in the Blast Tunnel of the Diefenbunker

 

 

Malcolm with a couple of bombshells

 

 

In the Secret Bank of Canada vault

 

Millie got in with a hairpin

 

 

Sign warns about corroding the door ??? Silly

 

"The Bomb"

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting insight into how your government thinks

Most areas have no photos allowed

Interesting for me was the Arrow display that showed a model of "the bays" where I spent so many years

 

 

The spider outside the National Gallery

 

 

We left Ottawa and drove towards Bangor,  taking so very good but very quite roads

Stopped the night in Woburn Quebec, 2 miles from the border

Crossed the border at  a one woman crossing, to whom I surrendered a box of tangerines, before she could ask for them. Didn't have our passports just our driving licenses which she took inside for a check, never checked Millie's (I confessed to being born in England which I could have lied about)

Very friendly

 

Ice cream in the distance

 

 

We ended our trip through the states at the bridge to Campobello Island

(We had to nip back over the bridge later to buy some gas as there is none on the island)

 

We stayed in Welshpool named after the one near Oswestry almost for certain

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The island is "famous" for having FDR's "cottage" on it - more

 

http://www.fdr.net/

We should have got a photo of the opening times

10 am - 6pm or

9am - 5pm "American"

I guess Americans can't use Canadian time

 

 

This is some cottage, and must have some budget to keep going

Staffed (over staffed) by Canadian and Americans (Only met Americans) with a guide to every room, fresh paint everywhere, immaculate gardens

Manger giving a private tour to someone (Not Millie)

 

 

 

Photo from web

We stayed in Room # 2 of "The Owen House" website owned by

No Phone, TV, Drapes, bedside tables for only $180 a night plus tax

breakfast very fancy but no choice of eggs

 

 

 

Deer Island to mainland New Brunswick

 

 

 

Jim at home

 

Last photo left the next morning

Linda and Dave

 

 

Mama Georges (3 nights in a row)

 

youngest to oldest

 

Rare family photo

 

 

 

Fantastic painting by Judy

 

 

Coming in fast

 

 

 

 

Parked fast  like a mini

 

 

 

Our expert Meg

 

Coming into Digby dock Nova Scotia (Battery in camera dead after that)

 

 

 

At next Ferry in North Sydney ready for the Newfoundland crossing

 

Twice as long (6 hours) but cheaper than the St John - Digby ferry ($160 to $175)

 

 

 

Whale watching from the upper decks

 

Mini concert but audience distracted by the whales

 

 

Married 60 years, has a farm and plumbing business in Ohio, they have been everywhere in the world

twice

Hey there's Newfieland

 

 

 

 

 Landed in Port aux Basque, just took a drive around

 

Our boat The Caribou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephenville drive thru

 

Plaza in Corner Brook

 

 

Gander Airport - The first land I touched when I arrived from England

as did thousands of travelers before planes could fly that far without refueling

 

 

Millie applying for a job at Gander airport

 

 

 

A place call Salvage, Newfoundland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internet, Pool, Bar, Restaurant with great food for $82,

Ahh! no air conditioning, but a fan  (Lucky we didn't need it)

 

 

View from the restaurant

 

Corner Brook from the Hotel

Newfoundland has a million ponds, puddles, lakes that never get used (or so it seems)

 

 

No trees, 5 minutes later all trees

 

 

 

Bay Bulls, Newfoundland

 

 

Bunch of kayaks coming in, sorry we missed that tour (me and Millie in a kayak, imagine)

 

Great fish cakes, haven't had a meal without cod in Newfoundland

Old Mike from the boat tour family. A cliché Newfie

 

 

Didn't see a whale, (end of season) but a great boat ride)

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands of puffins disappear into their holes

 

 

Windy

 

A beautiful day, hot with sea breezes, a nice mix

 

3 of the kids sang a song

 

Bay Bulls

 

we always check for pillows first thing, they were ready for us (Quality Inn, downtown St John's)

 

 

 

 

 

Where Terry Fox dipped his leg at the start of his Marathon of Hope in St John's

 

That's a awfully big boat behind me

 

Signal Hill, what a view

 

 

 

 

 

St John's from Signal Hill

 

See the people walking??

 

The Palmer Girls

The Palmer Girls - Very talented and cute we  bought the CD

(When they are old enough to go into bars they will be big

 

Never did find out what these were about

 

 

 

 

Life vest from the movie Titanic, modeled by Nadine our St John's tour guide

 

The tour bus was in service at York, England, before coming to Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catholic Cathedral

 

 

 

House of the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland The Honourable Edward Moxon Roberts

 

 

Millie signs the visitors book

 

I was falling behind the group and didn't get a photo of the trees Princess Diana planted

 

 

I had a couple of pints of their beer "1892" with supper, very good

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Spear - the most Easterly point in Canada

 

Saturday September 1st 2007

The ferry back to Nova Scotia was scheduled to leave at 8:30am

and we were told to be there for 7:30am

We loaded at 9:30am and sailed around 10am

There was no scheduled landing time but we were told 10 hours, it took  14 hours 30 mins due to rough seas

we got into North Sydney at 12:30am, luckily we had the hotel booked next to the ferry, so straight to bed

 

 

Learner?

 

Finally loading

 

This photo looks so tame now, but I'm peaking from undercover and it was blowing

web photo

We were entertained on the boat by Bugs and Debbie Green, a very talented pair (I bought the CD)

Website

 

The next morning, a beautiful day again, and a ferry on its way to Newfoundland 

 

 

 

Past this sign in Glace Bay might try and sell him a bigger website

 

 

The biggest fiddle since the government

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Brunswick / Nova Scotia border

 

 

Had to drive over "the bridge" in Hartland

 

 

So busy for some reason

 

Dirty windshield

 

Had to drive thru twice to get to stop and kiss in the middle, too much traffic

 

 

 

 

Getting closer, front tire going slowly flat, but it will get us home

 

Belleville (I think)

 

Last thing before reaching home was meeting Ian and Brandie for supper at Montana's

 

Total of 6, 213km (3861 miles) in 15 days

5 Provinces, 1 US State

Hotels from $82 to $180 a night (Worst room was the most expensive)

 

Next trip: Maybe Dallas after Christmas, then Austria in the spring