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Saltscapes Road Trip Day 13

Written by The Gourlays on Sunday, 14 August 2011.

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.

Saltscapes Road Trip Day 12

Written by The Gourlays on Friday, 12 August 2011.

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.

Saltscapes Road Trip Day 11

Written by The Gourlays on Thursday, 11 August 2011.

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.

Saltscapes Road Trip Day 10

Written by The Gourlays on Wednesday, 10 August 2011.

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.

Saltscapes Road Trip Day 9

Written by The Gourlays on Tuesday, 09 August 2011.

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.

Saltscapes Road Trip Day 8

Written by The Gourlays on Tuesday, 09 August 2011.

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.

Saltscapes Road Trip Day 7

Written by The Gourlays on Tuesday, 09 August 2011.

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.

Saltscapes Road Trip Day 5

Written by The Gourlays on Thursday, 04 August 2011.

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.

Saltscapes Road Trip Day 4

Written by The Gourlays on Wednesday, 03 August 2011.

Percussion Camp @ Arts Restigouche in Dalhousie NB / original compositions were impressive from the 9-12 year old protégés.

We had a delightful dinner and evening @ Arts Restigouche with owners Dawn and Walter(a superb cook!) on Tuesday .

Saltscapes Road Trip Day 3

Written by The Gourlays on Monday, 01 August 2011.

A short drive was in order today. We’ve been covering quite a bit of territory and the travel was long. This ain’t no sports car we’re drivin’.

So we headed for Mount Carleton provincial park (and down to three puppies: but they progress at a remarkable rate and the sleepy little helpless bundles we took possession of two weeks ago are now demanding little buggers who quickly tire of their toys and try to run off when we gather them up. They’re a handful.)

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