Peter and Dianne Wilson


Peter and Dianne Wilson

In July 2011, Dianne and I returned from three fabulous years in China where Dianne was an administrator for Maple Leaf International Schools. To read about our China adventures, click WilsonsInChina. Dianne spent the next 4 years as an administrator in three elementary schools in B.C. In September, 2015 she officially retired. So what happens now? The nickname of this blog is ToBeContinued for a reason...

North America » Canada » Newfoundland & Labrador » St John's September 18th 2022

We had to backtrack somewhat on our way to the Irish Loop and Portugal Cove South because the “highway” we wanted to take was gravel. Only about 40 kilometres but we had a rental car and didn’t want to take any chances. However, taking the TCH had one benefit. It took us past Salmonier Nature Park which started as an environmental education centre but has become a tourist destination. A two-kilometre boardwalk took us through some very interesting exhibits including many animals that had been injured and were recuperating in a setting as natural as could be made. There even was a section dedicated to animals that were now extinct like the Great Auk. It was a setting totally different from what we had been used to. This park is in the interior of The Rock ... read more
Remnants of the past
Salmonier Nature Park

North America » Canada » Newfoundland & Labrador September 13th 2022

Editor’s note: We are back home on Pender having flown out of St. John’s the morning of the day Hurricane Fiona hit the Atlantic provinces. Apart from having a 5:00 am flight, our trip was relatively painless. The Baccalieu Trail We traversed part of the trail to get to our B and B in New Perlican (which apparently is older than Old Perlican) and on our first morning there we headed north to finish the job. Several towns were on our way but the main target was Bay de Verde and Blunden House. The house was built in the late 1890s which makes it pretty new in BDV terms as the first European visitors to the area came in the 1500s. It is a good example of the merchant class of housing with one section for ... read more
Bay de Verde

North America » Canada » Newfoundland & Labrador » St John's September 9th 2022

Observations on bus touring We had never taken a tour of this type preferring to make our own arrangements (I have a great travel planner). We took this one on the recommendation of friends who had taken the trip pre-COVID. I was nervous about travelling with a bunch of “old people”. Yes, I saw the irony in that statement. The people on the tour turned out to be great. We now have lots of new friends (foreshadowing). The tour guides had a great system of assigning us to different seats every day so no one got the coveted front seats for more than half a day. There were twice daily draws to see who would be the King and Queen for the next half day. Patti had arranged for “door prizes” and the drawing of the ... read more
St. John's harbour
Harbour defences at Cape Spear
Cape Spear

North America » Canada » Newfoundland & Labrador » St John's September 8th 2022

As we gathered for breakfast on Day 10, many of the conversations were around the fact that this was the last time we would leave suitcases outside our rooms for loading onto the bus. Our last hotel is in St. John’s, the terminus of this great bus tour. Still almost 200 km to go. Bay Bulls boat trip When you leave Clarenville you start down the isthmus that joins the Avalon Peninsula to the rest of The Rock. Traffic is starting to build. Fortunately, we are soon back on the side roads towards Witless Bay and Bay Bulls. There we joined a couple of other bus tours on a fair-sized boat to visit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Most people (including Dianne and me) rushed to the upper deck where we hoped to get better viewing. ... read more
Land ho!
Interesting structures
Rocky cliffs

North America » Canada » Newfoundland & Labrador » Bonavista September 6th 2022

The day started early but at least it wasn’t 5:00am like the Labrador days. But we had a long drive ahead of us as we planned to overnight in Gander. It is one of the tricky parts of the Newfoundland experience; there is only one road that criss-crosses the country and the things we want to see are spread out. The first stop on our day’s adventure was the whaling station at King’s Point. Here we learned not just about whales but also about attempts to create an “All Red Line” to link the British Empire by telegraph in the late 1800s. There also was an attempt to link the Empire by railroad including sailing in the Fog Free Zone. The Lusitania used to call in here on a regular basis. Hard to imagine when you ... read more
Traveller's friend
It's not cappuccinos but....
Whale skeleton

North America » Canada » Newfoundland & Labrador » Red Bay September 1st 2022

Labrador The 5:00am wakeup call to catch an early ferry made us feel right at home. Hurry up and wait. The trip to the ferry was uneventful and the ferry was very similar to BC Ferries Salish class ships. The first difference we noticed was that the ramps at our ferry terminals drop down to the ferry from the dock whereas the ferry here had ramps on both ends that dropped down onto the ferry dock. The interiors were slightly different, but ferries are ferries, and we had a nice crossing back to the Canadian mainland. Landing at Blanc-Sablon in La Belle Provence, we headed north to our first destination, the lighthouse at Point Amour. Yes, another lighthouse. It’s amazing how many there are, and they all have something unique to offer. This one is the ... read more
Different ramp system
Welcome to Newfoundland and Labrador
Point Amour Lighthouse

OK, I am back…. It’s been quite a trip so far. WiFi and even cell access has not been great in the north end of the island and the part of Labrador we have been visiting. But that has been the only disappointing thing so far. I spoke too soon. I discovered while checking the photos that the date and time on our phones and iPad changed automatically but the camera didn’t which makes sorting the pictures tricky. Back to the beginning of the trip… After a long day in the Montreal airport, the flight to Deer Lake was uneventful. It even landed on time! The Tour Company representative met us and made sure we got off to Corner Brook without any trouble. Much to our (very pleasant) surprise, our bags showed up! The hotel was ... read more
Corner Brook paper mill
Same view without the mill
The road ahead

Well, it’s finally happening! We’re taking our first major trip since our last blogged adventure, the Hawaii Herniated Disk debacle. That one started with a 54 hour journey from snowy Victoria to sunny and warm Maui and ended with stops in a couple of emergency rooms. But I digress. We are heading out on another adventure to a distant island, this time Newfoundland (and Labrador). We begin with a reunion in Victoria of St. Andrew’s Elementary staff. Dianne was teacher, vice-principal and principal there for the 15 years before we moved to Chemainus in 2004. Should be fun! The trip passes through Toronto which isn’t a highlight given the recent problems at the airport. We are taking a red-eye from Victoria and this gets us into Deer Lake in the afternoon instead of the middle of ... read more
View from our deck
A visitor
Back on the water

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina January 30th 2020

What else can go wrong? I accidenally published this blog entry withut the photo captions. Sigh. The rest of the tet is the same. The saga continues… I was in considerable pain from the left hip down to my ankle. Barb and Dianne drove me to the ER at Maui Memorial Hospital where I got to hurry up and wait for someone to talk to. The triage nurse was hilarious. After asking all the important questions he turned with a serious look on his face and asked if I had considered that it might just be "old man's disease". I'm pretty sure he knew his audience and wouldn't have said that to just anyone. They did x-ray my hip area and assured me that wasn’t a problem (I was concerned after my fall a few years ... read more
A view from the resort
Banana plant

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina January 24th 2020

We were very happy that our trip hadn't been delayed any longer as on our first morning in Maui the resort put on a breakfast out on the main patio. Lots of fruit, cornbread, muffins, cinnamon buns and great fun. The resort manager is a native Hawaiian and he gave a great talk on reverence for the sea and some of the local customs. He also gave a great presentation on how to process a coconut into coconut milk. He also demonstrated how to turn the husks into rope by holding one end in his toes and braiding the strands. Fascinating. Because they go to Maui regularly, Barb and Bob have developed a series of regular walks. This made it very easy to see the sights of Napili. It's a beautiful area north of the resort ... read more
Maria Lanakila Church
Banyan Tree
Typical scene

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