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Published: September 11th 2012
When we arrived back in Newfoundland the weather took a dramatic turn toward fall. There were even frost warnings for the inland areas. We settled in at the Port au Choix
Lion’s Club campground. We had heard that it was a great location with a wonderful view of the water. You can see from our photos that we did indeed have a great view of the water….Ignornchoix Bay to be exact. We drove around the town a little bit and then settled in for the night. Overnight we had lots of rain and wind and temps that dropped down into the 40’s. We discovered that the site we had parked in probably collected the most water, so taking Lizzie out became an added challenge. The winds were fierce so she had the added difficulty of standing and not being blown over. The weather finally subsided during the afternoon and the pooled water surrounding our RV slowly disappeared.
We headed further south and spent part of Labor Day weekend at Deer Lake
. This was when we needed to make our decision regarding heading east to see some of the eastern area of Newfoundland, or head south toward the ferry. We have
View from RV
We were camped at the Port au Choix Lion's Club....can't beat this view!
greatly enjoyed our time in Newfoundland and would have loved to have spent more time and gas money exploring anywhere a road would lead us. Unfortunately there are limits to time and money, so we decided not to go east with the RV. It is a long drive to get to areas in the east that we would want to see. So we spent Labor Day in the car and drove over and visited the Baie Verte Peninsula just to get a sense of somewhere that was not along the west coast.
We gradually worked our way south with a night here and 2 nights there. We weren’t exactly dragging our feet, but we weren’t hurrying to catch the next ferry either. We did stop at Corner Brook
to do some grocery shopping as it is the largest city we have been near in a few weeks. They claim a population of 40,000 within the immediate commuting distance. There is a university, a regional medical facility and a variety of big box stores. The city has a hustle and bustle about it and we both felt a bit overwhelmed navigating the winding unfamiliar streets in the downtown area. We
Low tide at Port au Choix
We walked out on these rocks and looked in the tide pools.
did accomplish all our shopping goals and had a nice lunch out on a patio, but we were happy to get back to our quiet campground.
Odds and Ends
Bug bites have bugged me ever since Quebec. I react violent to something that bites me. The bites have been on my head and face. It seems like I just get over a few and then I get another set. One grouping was on my temple and eyebrow. The swelling was so great that my eyelid swelled to the point that it had drooped over the corner of my eye and was in my visual field. Fortunately the symptoms are the worst after 24 hours but have subsided by 72 hours.
We considered ordering Cod Tongues at a restaurant, but didn’t. I heard it is very good, but wasn’t feeling too adventuresome at the time.
We have been encountering signs that the water is not potable or that there is a boil water alert in effect. It’s not everywhere, but it has been something we have seen since Quebec. One campground mentioned when we arrived that they had good water and were on city water….a few days
later there was a note on our door advising us about the need to boil our water. Lizzie, being of the fragile elderly stage in life, gets the pricey distilled water. We usually buy some sort of bottled water for our own use and have been able to find the dispenser with the reverse osmosis water to refill our bottles.
In traveling it is a learning process to return bottles for refund of the deposit. In the USA it varies with each state and that seems to be the same here with each province having its own system. There is a deposit on water bottles…gallon and individual bottles. In Newfoundland and Nova Scotia there are special places to take the bottles. In Corner Brook there were 2 places for the entire city. I was talking to someone about where they are located and he also mentioned that at this time of year the student clubs collect them as a fundraiser and that is a good way to get rid of the bottles and help the students. So far we have not returned any bottles. One city did it only on Saturdays and we would have moved on to somewhere
Our last night in Newfoundland
This was somewhere along the road north of Channel-Port-au-Basque. The photo does not capture the color of the fog as it reflected a beautiful sunset.
else by that time. Eventually we will be in the right place at the right time.
Hurricane Leslie is making us a little concerned about getting off of Newfoundland. It is time to set sail back to Nova Scotia and decide where is the best location to hunker down for the bad weather that may be headed our way. We have our reservations for the 11:30am boat. Hopefully the crossing will be smooth and swift.
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