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  1. Road Trip Day 15 & 16

    A bit of a lay-up is planned for the next day and a half.

    We hit Gander Bay in late morning and Jim was assembling fly fishing gear as soon as his feet hit terra firma. As regular fishing visitors to the Gander, we have friends in the community who are employed by the lodge we usually visit, so it was a bit of old home week camped there overlooking the river estuary.

  2. Road Trip Day 14

    Back on the trans-Canada early this morning heading east, then a secondary road northeast through Lewisporte and Baytona (that's right, no typo) toward the Fogo Island ferry. We found more super-fresh local seafood - another huge feed of crab from Treats from the Sea for dinner later, and some crab and lobster sandwiches from Chelsea's takeout - a simple little place by the side of the highway featuring sit down tables with umbrellas - and a million dollar view.

  3. Saltscapes Road Trip Day 13

    Steady Brook, just north of Corner Brook, is only 30 scenic minutes or so from Deer Lake, which is really the gateway to Gros Morne National Park and the Great Northern Peninsula. This is unquestionably Newfoundland's most popular and best-known tourism attribute, and we can never resist, but our focus on this trip is on the less iconic places off the beaten track.

    So by afternoon we were heading across the island for the north coast.

  4. Saltscapes Road Trip Day 12

    Ah, the Rock! We were up at dawn (what's new?) but Bob Shortt beat us to it and was outside the RV catering to his two newly-arrived Lab puppies and grinning like a new father.
    The Margaree Valley is a spectacular place to wake up, and a tough place to leave - but we had a ferry to catch.

  5. Saltscapes Road Trip Day 11

    Day 11 and, except for traveling, the closest thing we've had to date to a day off so far. Besides navigating the back roads of two provinces in a cumbersome vehicle, tending to the needs of a pack of puppies, meeting with as many folks as humanly possible - we have been electronically tending to business back at the office where a very competent staff have been putting two magazines out simultaneously. We've been literally falling into bed for the few hours of sleep the pups allowed us.

    Well, that has suddenly all changed. The magazines are ready to go on press.

  6. Saltscapes Road Trip Day 10

    Awoke in  Augustine Cove to heavy rain and wind (record-breaking rainfall was reported for some parts of the Island). It goes without saying the weather is taking the edge off the RV camping experience.

    The good news is that, for some reason, the green and lush PEI countryside is just as endearing without sunshine - an interesting phenomenon - but the beaches are pretty much deserted as vacationers seek out indoor activities.

  7. Saltscapes Road Trip Day 9

    Sunday was a sunny day too.  We started the day with a ton of puppy laundry and a thorough sprucing up of the RV  prior to crossing the bridge to PEI.

    We made many unexpected discoveries in our week long visit to NB and know there are dozens more untouched "finds". This process of playing tourist in our own region and seeing things anew in that context has been very enlightening so far. Our overall impression has been very positive. We travel a fair bit ourselves, and we have been applying those experiences of seeing different places for the first time to our tour. Get off the beaten track, we conclude, and we have a great deal to offer in terms of variety, relaxation and authenticity.

  8. Saltscapes Road Trip Day 8

    Hooray - rose to sunshine today and loads of prep for our friends' wedding festivities in the afternoon. Graeme Bancroft and Mel Jellett are young organic farmers living on a 90-acre property in Murray Corner, NB, in just a lovely setting.

    Linda made a commitment on behalf of herself and Katharine to prepare salad (with only locally-sourced organic ingredients) for 120 or so wedding guests. Quite a challenge on a campground picnic table.

  9. Saltscapes Road Trip Day 7

    Friday dawned sunny on the St John River (and thanks to the pups we saw the sunrise).

    Following a Fredericton breakfast meeting, we headed south towards Murray Beach Provincial Park in sight of the Confederation Bridge to PEI.

  10. Saltscapes Road Trip Day 5

    Wednesday brought a couple of highlights of the New Brunswick leg of the trip. Having driven north along the shore road to Dalhousie, we took the highway back down to save time getting to the Caraquet area, where the Festival Acadien was in full swing. Acadian flags and paraphernalia were everywhere. There's clearly no lack of pride here.